opinion on two violins (audio sample)
Could you tell me which violin you prefer and why? I'm curious...
Order in the recording:
Bach Violin 1
Bach Violin 2
Mendelssohn violin 1
Mendelssohn violin 2
Sorry in advance for the out of tune notes, I'm not at my best and I don't play that Mendelssohn in a long time, but I think it's good to show the E string. I was also playing the voilin 2 without the shoulder rest. which makes it very hard to play in tune for me. (yeah I always have my excuses ready)
Violin 1 is using fresh Obligatos + Pirastro Gold E and violin 2 is using old Dominants.
Ask your teacher or someone who can hear the violins in person. Recordings are not the best medium when trying to decide on violins.
I don't have one, since I finished my maste's 4 years ago. Since that I've bn distracted with other things and never played regularly. I only have friends and colleagues but they also can only hear through recordings. I know they're not the best, but it's still very possible to hear the differences. I have my opinion, I just want to check if it matches...
Despite recordings are not optimal, keeping the conditions the same helps.
I also prefer violin 2 it seems to have a more pleasant and also richer tone, also it seems to choke less quickly.
Thanks. As I thought...
I also prefered violin 1 to my ears
Darren, you're the first to say voilin 1...
I didn't particularly like the treble side of violin 2 especially the A-string, though it had more depth than violin 1, to me 1 had more evenness that I just liked
yeah 1 has more eveness, I notice on the voilin 2 the G string is way darker/richer and more like a bass, it really stands out from the other strings, but I actually like it. Depends on the repertoire I guess.
I prefer #1, but I think there's less of an edge and a bit more warmth to #2. At a distance, I suspect #1 will be better.
I agree with Lydia.
I think he said Violin 1 is an antique (19th century).
As far i have listened (not in an absolute hifi way (it was not the case)), i believe that generally the recording #1 has a better articulation and projection, especially in the E string. I believe it will be heard better in a big concert hall.
Unfortunately the auto adjustment of the dynamics on mic just spoils it completely, but I believe 1 has more potential than 2.
Violin 1 sounds a bit choked to me. Perhaps it just needs a luthier-visit tune up. You seem to play V2 with a bit more abandon - but maybe because the second time through each piece is a bit more comfortable. Anyhow, there is not a lot in it - probably because of the recording environment and quality...
All answers subsequent to David telling us which violin was more expensive are invalid. Did you not notice that everyone switched to favoring Violin No. 1
I did not base my review on that, but yes Paul is right.
.. in a more resonant room with no dynamic compression...
Okay .. almost everyone.
When the playing field is as unlevel as this anyone's opinion could easily go the other way if you put on similar, new strings and used a chin rest on both violins so we're just wasting our time.
On this limited sample, #1.
I have the exact same suggestion as Douglas. This needs more distance. In any event, we always hear the player far more than the violin. I've previously posted videos of my two violins, which could not be more different, and yet I don't think you can really hear much difference, even with a decent camera and some distance.
I keep reading always the same things, written by the same posters, in this forum, such as "record from a distance", "ask your teacher", etc.
Violin 1 sounds like it has more core and complexity, especially on E string. Which is easier for you to play? I would guess violin 1.
Violin 1 is easier becasuse it's my violin since 2012. Violin 2 is the one I was using before that. They have a difference in size, despite both being 4/4, 1 is bigger, the distance between the fingers feels different so it's hard to get used to and switch between the two.
Hands down violin no. 1. Its more even, more core to the tone, and nicer overtones. It just a better violin.
No 2 maybe more flattering "under the ear", but No 1 has more resources.