Yitamusic T20 vs. Master model
A couple of months ago, after reading every review and post about Yitamusic violins I could find on the internet, I decided to buy one myself. I ended up with a T20+ violin, which I payed $230 for on Ebay.
I took it to the luthier, who set up the included bridge (Aubert), changed the tailgut and the fine tuner for the E-string and of course put on a new set of strings (Pirastro Obligato).
What an instrument! The sound is beautiful and warm with a nice reverb on the D- and A-strings, responsive and beginning to open up (especially the G-string).
After having such a good experience with the T20+ violin, it didn’t take long before I started glancing at the Yita Master violins. I therefore wonder if anyone has any experience of the Yitamusic Master violins. Is there a big difference between a T/M20+ and a Master (apart from the price tag)?
Now you know what it feels like to have a del Gesu and then a Strad goes up for sale ...
If you're looking for a new violin, try a variety of afordable violins and pick your fave. Violin reviews are extremely controversial due to differences in human perception.
My own take on this is that every one should try to find a way to play some of the BEST violins they can get close to. This then becomes part of your baseline for selecting an instrument. In addition to sound over the entire range it will also give you a sense of "playability." By the way these tests are best done when YOU (or someone who goes with you) have some range of playability - especially a couple of octaves up the G string.
How skilled (by ABRSM grade or Suzuki book number) should one be before one can expect to recognize quality in the $1000-$2500 price range? A couple of octaves on the G string, that sounds pretty advanced to me.
Usually, rich and round sounding violins are preferred over plain and simple sounding ones. This is the main reason why advanced players spend more money on violins than beginner-intermediate players.
While Andrew Victor's recommendation is an excellent one, it can have undesirable repercussions.
In my experience with Yita violins, their grading system has more to do with cosmetic/finish quality than tonal quality.
*Such pure and clean notes have never flowed from my bow strokes! So smooth and effortless compared to other violins I've played.*
@Fox Mitchell I would agree. YitaMusic, a Chinese company that I've known for a while, usually calls the difference in their standard and master violins is the wood used and the finish. Sometimes the master ones kinda sounded like the model versions or vice versa. But either way their quality has improved a lot since I since saw them start.
Will wrote, "That's somehow the feeling I had from playing my teacher's instrument ... So warm and extremely responsive."
Paul you made me all confused ... Did you mean that truly great violins are not easy to play, not responsive?
Skip, I totally get your story. That's why I would think long and hard before trying unaffordable violins. It depends on how greedy you are personality wise.
Well eventually you would have to get a really good upgrade in the end anyways
Will, I think Paul forgot the sarcasm tag.
Violin Kiddu it depends on what level you reach and what you want in your violin.
Paul is joking, of course.
Thanks Han and Lydia for clarification, thanks Paul for sarcasm :-)) Had I followed that Paris experiment thread, I would have understood it better.
Back to the question, I have a T20 and a Master violin. At the time I got these, the T20 was made in the Liu Xi workshop, and the Master claimed to be made by Liu Xi.
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