I've come across this yamaha promotion video about the Yamaha Acoustic Violin, and was thought to be some typical endorse video:
But the violinist Mikhail Nodelman mentioned that he even used the violin for competition and won the first place, and continue to use the violin as a concertmaster. So I'm pretty skeptical about this statement and I thought it has to be true or else he'll be in trouble! So I found this video...
And I thought to myself, geez this is one hell of a fine sound! Apart from the sound of the violinist himself, I think the violin also contributed big part of the sound he produced. But it's price tag belongs to the top of the line luthier made violins ($10k~$25k typical with a few exception in the $30k~50k+ range), "retail price" at 1,680,000 yen inclusive of tax which is about USD$21,570 according to today's currency conversion, without tax is about USD$1000 less. Since yamaha priced the violin like their other products, there should be "street price" that's lower. Still by no means cheap, but I think if it's as consistent as the one Mikhail Nodelman used, still not a bad choice I think. I've had some experiences with yamaha acoustic violin. One of my student owned the lower range yamaha acoustic violin and the made was very good, although the sound is to be expected for lower price range. Played another one that's exactly the same model, and was surprised that both sounded really similar. So I think Yamaha do try to maintain the consistency for their product.
What do you think?
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