Toss up between two violins
I've been playing my Stentor Student 2 violin (about £150) for 15 years, and it has become a bit exhausted now that I've reached grade 7. Haven't had a lesson in 7 years but have got the violin out 3 times a week or so to practice tunes I like. Mostly into folk (jigs, reels) and rousing film film music (Lord of the Rings stuff, Last of the Mohicans, plenty of Hans Zimmer).
Want to get a more sophisticated sound from my instrument. Weighing up the Eastman Young Master Violin for £700, or the Hidersine Preciso Violin Stradivari Design, for twice the price.
Any advice as to the sound difference. I'm after something fairly mellow, having become a bit fed up with the brightness of my old budget violin. Also need to find a quality bow, but not really sure what to look for. The consensus seems to be that carbon fibre or pernambuco are the materials to go with if you're taking playing seriously.
Firstly, kudos to you for getting a Stentor Student 2 to grade 7! The best thing to do, if you can (once lockdown is over in the UK), is play these instruments in person, so you can choose the one that best suits you. Both instruments you have mentioned are respectable and decent. However, definitely consider other instruments in your price bracket, don't be taken by branded names etc. I expect you could find a nice older instrument/ pre-used instrument in that price bracket too. A visit to your local violin shop (if possible) is well worth it. If visiting a shop isn't possible, a few UK shops will do at home trials, both for instruments and bows.
I was looking at the Eastman Master violas, and you can get them for only £1,050, so you may be wise to look at the Master violin, rather than the Young Master. I have a Stentor Conservatoire II, which I liked when it was new, but I fairly quickly bought a £700 Gewa, compared with which the Stentor sounds pretty echoey. I now have steel strings on my Stentor for Western Swing. I have a Hidersine electric violin and had been looking at their acoustics.
I hope you catch them safely when you toss them up :)
I know-- words one should be careful using around a violin shop!
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