How does the Fiddlerman Apprentice compare with the Fiddlerman Concert?
The Fiddlerman Apprentice violin is quite easily our best performing instrument for the price. It's a great choice for beginners who prefer a more nuanced and developed sound compared to the OB1. You'll fall in love with the expressive capabilities and dynamic range that the Apprentice makes possible.
- Solid-carved slightly flamed spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Carbon tailpiece with 4 fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau or Holstein 1-star Bridge
- European spruce soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 5 years
- Strings: Fiddlerman Synthetic Core Violin Strings
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box
Every Fiddlerman instrument undergoes our famous 10-point inspection!
This outfit was really meant for higher level instruments, but we made it happen! You'll find a nice oblong case, followed by our Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow, shoulder rest, and rosin. Products that alone retail for over $200. We strive to offer this kind of quality outfit with every Fiddlerman violin we sell.
Case: Sturdy light weight high-quality oblong violin case. Case includes straps, music pocket, storage compartments, four or two bow holders.
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Violin Bow
Shoulder Rest: Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest (1/8 and smaller sizes come with Muco SR-4 Violin Shoulder Rest)
Rosin: Fiddlerman Select Dark Rosin
Mute: Fiddlerman Rubber Practice Mute (not available for 1/2 and smaller sizes)
Cloth: Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
Tuner: Fiddlerman Digital Tuner AV10
The Fiddlershop Family
Why is Fiddlershop growing so fast and revolutionizing the string instrument industry? We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford. Our founder Pierre Holstein (a.k.a. "Fiddlerman") works directly with makers in many different countries to produce only the best for our customers. With over 40 years as a professional violinist in orchestras around the world, he brings unmatched expertise in music and business to everything we do.
Every Fiddlerman violin is set up and tested in our workshop to make sure it passes our rigorous 10-point inspection. Our incredibly talented team is here to help answer any questions you have, and make sure your instrument arrives safely.
Lifetime Structural Warranty
All Fiddlerman instrument outfits come with a lifetime structural warranty with free lifetime adjustments on the instrument, and a standard one year warranty on the included accessories. To learn more about our warranty policies, you can read about them here.
45-Day Hassle-free Returns
If you are not happy with your Fiddlerman instrument for any reason whatsoever, simply return it within 45 days. Read our full return policy here.
Not QUITE a perfect outfit but a grand slam value
I received my Fiddlerman Apprentice 8 days ago and I LOVE IT. Ease of play: 5/5 it's very light, half the weight of my other violin in similar price range. Sound: 4/5 not the most focused sound but it is a little dark (much less bright) like I wanted. Case: 5/5 what else can I say, it has ample storage room and is gorgeous. Strings: 4/5 I'm not a string expert but I think the G is a little weak on tone and ease of play. I am upgrading my other Fiddlerman set with a Dominant synth core G. Bow: 4.5/5 It's a great bow, very responsive and grippy but at the price point for the quality they cut some corners on it. The hair isn't QUITE perfect. One bow had a knot in a hair and my other bow that came with the outfit had a loose hair. Looks: 5/5 it's breathtaking in person to look at. Accessories: 5/5 great shoulder rest, really stays put on you body. Rosin: N/A it comes with dark rosin but I use D'Addario dark rosin Mute: N/A it comes with a mute but I never use a mute. Furniture: 4.5/5 my only gripe is the non-wood composite tail piece. But I bought the same tailpiece for my other violin so... Chin Rest: 5/5 it's perfect. Fine Tuners: 4/5 the fine tuners are just ok, they work and they are smooth. It stays in tune very well by the way. After two days of playing it I decided the outfit was worth $600 and couldn't understand how they sold it so cheap. After 8 days I see a few very minor issues with it that brings my value down to $500 but it is still a bargain in my opinion. I love it, I absolutely recommend it to any beginner.
It's Simply Amazing!
I'm in the process of learning how to play the violin and Apprentice has been phenomenal first violin! It sounds beautiful and works great!
I love my apprentice violin. It sounds like a stratuvarius and plays like one too
The Fiddlershop was a great
The Fiddlershop was a great online shopping experience for us. The Apprentice Bundle included everything my daughter needed to play the violin. The bow was missing upon arrival, but after an email was sent letting them know about it, they promptly corrected that and we received the missing bow a few days later.
I purchased this violin to replace my Cecilio because I was tired of the scratching I kept hearing and moving up in skills I just wanted a better sounding violin. Well, I got it. Shipping was fast, I got it within a week of ordering and it was everything I expected plus some. The case is amazing and has plenty of storage. The violin itself just needed a little tuning out of the case but it was already set up and ready to play. The bow is of nice quality. I would recommend this company to anyone wanting a quality violin at a decent price. I've been playing for about 4 years and this is my 3rd violin. I am thoroughly impressed by the craftsmanship and quality. You can't beat the sound for a beginner violin.
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