Violin from fiddlershop
I’m looking to purchase a good quality violin from fiddlershop https://fiddlershop.com/collections/violins
My budget is around $2000. However, not sure if it is risky buying a violin online or if I should go to a shop. I think fiddershop violins are made in china? Has anyone purchased a violin from them and are they good?
Can anyone suggest where I can purchase a good quality violin online?
It should always be recommended that you go out and try a new instrument before buying
As far as purchasing instruments online goes, they offer the best service and their instruments are actually setup nicely. They are very nice people and care about their customers. I have visited their shop in Pompeno Beach, Florida and were very welcoming! As you get into higher price ranges, I do recommend at least giving your local violin shops (not music stores) an opportunity to work with you. I wrote a nice article on shopping for instruments here: https://adbowsllc.com/2017/02/19/shopping-for-an-instrument-part-1-of-2/
At $2,000, I wouldn't buy online. You should definitely try out the instruments in person, and try a lot of them. Most violin shops have tons of inventory in this price range.
i spoke to fiddlershop a number of time, every instrument besides consignment is chinese. they have really good trial period but for 2k i think you can do better than fiddlershop.
My son and I both bought violins from my local shop which happens to be Fiddlershop. These purchases were made at different times and, more recently yet, I've done a cello trade-in with them. So I think being a repeat customer speaks for itself.
Online is always an option, but with the money you’re thinking of spending I would absolutely advise that you go and try out different instruments in local shops and not over the internet.
i'm surprised that for a industry focusing on sound, people use youtube compressed audio for showcase and not flac uncompressed format for audio upload.
I’m thinking of of buying the Fiddlerman soloist violin https://fiddlershop.com/products/fiddlerman-soloist-violin-outfit
I recently trialed 6 violins from Fiddlershop (2 trials of 3 instruments each). I ended up buying a consignment violin that was previously owned by a professional violinist in the Miami area.
I recently bought from Fiddlershop, and believe that they have the finest customer service I have ever experienced. If you're not happy with a purchase they will do their best to make sure you get what you want.
I wouldn't spend that much money without a trial. I don't know about Fiddlershop but most of the online violin shops will do trials -- they ship you the violin, and you ship it back or keep it and pay.
I like Fiddlershop, I can vouch for its excellent customer service. I still wouldn't buy anything without testing it. I would ask them for an in home trial, I'm sure they offer 2 week trial on most of their "affordable" instruments.
I got evaluation instruments from Fiddlershop, Shar and SW Strings. For the money, Shar was better. I think the "house brand" instruments for all of them are way overpriced for what you get. Until you start getting up into the known brands like Ming Jiang Zhu, where prices can be compared between sellers, I think you're at their mercy. Fiddlershop has a 66% trade-in value policy. Shar just charges $200 for refurbishment. Try to find a well-stocked local shop (a violin shop, not a music store) and try there first.
You might want to try ViolinShack too. Michael is great! He let me have a trial of the Vitale, which is below your budget, but I absolutely loved it. It's made well, came packed very nicely, and is set up well. All I needed to do was get the sound post moved ever so slightly (probably from being bumped around during shipment).
The implication from another thread is that the poster is in or near Sydney, which to me would make US suppliers impractical.