second violin search - Glasser Carbon - anyone played one?
I’m looking at the Glasser Carbon violin in my continuing search for a second violin to play in outdoor, pit, and sweltering environments where I would prefer not to take my good 122 yr-old.
I’ve played/heard L&C and Mezzo and really don’t think that they are worth the $$ for a rank amateur like myself.
Anyone played one of these cheap, heavy, plastic Glasser things and found them acceptable for section playing? Note- I’m an aging amateur hack who’ll play pretty much anywhere whith several local classical ensembles, shows, and informal chamber play-ins. I very rarely play 1st solo- I also double on viola and am considering the five-string.
I already have an electric, so am not really looking for the pickup feature.
I have no knowledge of carbon fiber violins. But there are tons of review articles on the web, and I came across this one:
Haevy weight in violins would be a no go for me.
I have a glasser carbon composite violin and I agree with the review above. I think I might generally like the tone better than the reviewer does in fact, but I recognize some of that is a matter of taste so I will stick with more objective descriptors. It does not have the complexity of wood, so it is a different sound. But it sounds clear and belllike, it has good response and is consistent no matter the condition, good projection, and it looks cool (not plastic). I haven't found the weight to be a problem and I'm a fairly small person. My every day violin is quite petite with a short scale and the Glasser is standard so I have to adjust, but for most that is not an issue. If you play outdoors, or in weird climates, or travel a lot, this is an excellent affordable choice.
Thanks Elis. It seems pretty decent in the Youtube reviews, especially for the price as I feel that the Mezzo and L & C are both compromises anyway.
Yes, it is adjustable, the bridge and soundpost are wood. Body and neck are carbon fiber. And it comes fitted with geared pegs which I wasnt sure about at first, but I now really appreciate.
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