I am buying a Mezzo Forte CF Violin
The rainy season came late in its strongest, but came. Last days any non-conditioned room felt like a sauna and it was maybe my paranoia to think that my violin sounded like wet cardboard...
Even my wife became concerned about me taking the violin out of the house with that humidity and heat so we agreed on getting the Mezzo Forte. I just ordered it by their webpage. So far, very personal attention.
I'll be reporting on the transaction process and the violin when it arrives.
I think I have tuned my expectations about it, I know that i'll be losing many factors that only wooden violins can give, but I need it. I hope it can serve me well.
If you are interested, i played 2 Mezzoforte violins, saturday.
With such extreme humidity, you should get an aluminium bridge and some nylon strings to go with it. And synthetic bow hair.
I've been considering buying a Glasser "carbon composite" violin. There are a lot of advantages that I can see, weather resistance being one. I think it would be an excellent platform for deploying a pickup when needed. You don't need a fine wooden violin for that, so why risk it. They would be great for outfitting school orchestras too. At a $480.00 street price you're not risking a lot of capital either. But I wouldn't be inclined to spend $2500.00 for a carbon fiber violin, which is the price I'm seeing for the Mezzoforte.
Can a Mezzoforte violin be played loudly?
Under the ear, surely..... :)
Marco, is this your own experience or something you heard?
Reviews are circumstancial. I am sure that in a resort in the jungle, at 95% humidity and 40ºC, a carbon fiber violin outperforms a Strad.
Nuuska: look at my first reply.
I bought a Mezzo Forte violin and it was riddled with wolf and false notes, even in lower positions. I really had to jump through hoops to return it. In the end I was able to return it.
Marco wrote, "the sound seems to disappear after 2 meters......."
Marco - sure... Stupid me.
Of course there are always going to be reviews and opinions going in all directions. One only needs to search for opinions about strings in this forum to leave more confused than when started.
Carlos, have you determined which strings and rosin will hold up best in high humidity?
Bernardel has always given me the balance of grip and smoothness that I like. I have not found any flaw. Dunno if it is the best, but works as it is expected.