I'm considering purchasing a new violin and I'd like to get some advice.
I've been playing for a year and a half now, but I play other instruments so my musical level is advanced but my violin technique is still beginner. I'm currently working on Rieding Opus 35 3rd movement if that gives you an idea of my level.
I've been listening to a lot of classical violin at work and I really want to get that classical violin sound. I'm not sure how to describe it but my violin just doesn't sound like that. My violin is comparable to others I've tried around 1000 euros (in France). I actually love my violin except the sound just isn't as good as I'd like. I just had it tuned by a luthier and I think it's as good as it'll get.
I've been listening to videos of Scott Cao violins and the 750 is around $1250 in the US which is a bargain compared to what one can get for that price in France. And they have the "classical sound" that I'd like.
I'm also interested in the Ming Jiang Zhu 905 which is around $2000. I watched several youtube videos and they all have that classical violin sound that I desire.
My delima is whether I should upgrade now or wait another year or two. We take a vacation in the US every 1-2 years so if I don't get one on this trip I'll wait 1-2 years.
We plan to visit LA on this trip and I found that Gliga & Scott Cao have locations outside of LA. I'm interested in a Gliga 3/4 for my daughter and the Scott Cao for myself. We'll only be there for a few days and I'll only have a few hours in the store so I'll be a bit pressed to make a decision quickly.
It seems Ming Jiang Zhu is not available in stores, at least I haven't found any. We'll be in NYC and Phoenix as well.
I'd like to get a "brand" because I can listen to it on youtube and read reviews. I don't want to walk into a luthier and buy an unknown unlabeled violin without having done any research.
Please let me know if all this makes sense. Perhaps it's too early for me to be so concerned about the sound and I should wait another year or two. I'm not sure. I know the sound I'm looking for and I love it.
Thanks for reading.
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