Fiddlershop or Shar Music - which one has better quality violins for the price?
I'm toying with the idea of having some violins sent to me for evaluation. Between Fiddlershop and Shar Music, which one has better quality instruments in the $600-1500 range?
my shop, hands down!!
I just finished two trials of 3 violins each with FiddlerShop (6 violins total). The violins trialed were Romanian, Ming Jiang Zhu (chinese), Holstein Bench and a used violin from an American maker.
So which one did you end up getting, Bob?
I might be willing to send out one violin at a time, selected specifically with the players preferences in mind, but no, I'm not actively encouraging online sales.
I have had better experience with Shar, but I have to say even in their case I’ve been disappointed. Our newest cello’s setup should have been better considering the price I paid for it.
Craig asked: "So which one did you end up getting"
I've been a customer of Shar for 50 years. I trialed a number of bows and bought some. I even trialed an Italian violin they sent me 45 years ago (a Stefano Conia - the father). Only trouble with it was it was tonally identical to an American made Strad model I already owned - except for the G string (and mine was better). The Conia was a $1,500 fiddle back then (now a sefano Conia - the son) sells for about 10x that price.I've always been very satisfied with Shar's service and they continue to be one of the on-line shops I use when they sell what I want to buy.
I ordered a couple from Shar this morning. Fiddlerman doesn't seem to have a trade-in policy, though the refurbishment fee on Shar gives one a slight pause. I guess it's a fair fee given time needed, but it hurts a wee bit.
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