Ming Jiang Zhu 909 Violin Review
Ming-Jiang Zhu Model 909 Violin. Also called Model AAA. This violin is made by the Senior Master Luthiers at the Ming Jiang Zhu workshop and comes with a certificate. It is set up and tested by our professional luthiers in our Florida workshop and comes with a lifetime structural warranty and free lifetime adjustments.
Bridge: Professional level Despiau or Aubert bridge
Strings: Thomastik Peter Infeld (PI) Violin Set. The strings chosen might differ depending on the characteristics of each instrument. For any string preference, please add a comment to your order.
Body Pattern: The Ming Jiang Zhu 909 is made in both Guarneri and Strad replicas. Please specify your preference in the order notes, or speak to a customer service representative.
Dimensions of 7/8: Body length approx. 344mm
Overall length approx. 570mm
About the maker
The maker, Ming Jiang Zhu, is a "VSA" (Violin Society of America) gold medal winner! He has won the greatest number and highest level of awards in that highly prestigious international competition. He has become one of the most frequently awarded violinmakers in the world. Fiddlershop is proud to sell these fine instruments which would surely cost many times more if they came from any European country. This instrument is as beautiful to look at, as it is easy to play. It has all the wonderful qualities of a fine professional instrument and reminds me of the sound from fine Italian old violins.
At Fiddlershop we will personally go through these violins thoroughly and test/tune/adjust them before shipping. The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box.
Really Nice fiddle
I took this Ming Jiang Zhu 909 Violin on home trial just to see if it was any better than my current violin, which I thought was a pretty decent $2500 violin. Well, the difference was amazing! The resonance across all 4 strings blew me away. Also the finish and workmanship is very good. Overall I am very happy with my new violin!
First about the 909 itself. It took me about one week to "get to know" my new violin. At first it felt intimidating and unfamiliar, and then it warmed up to me and now seems an extension of some beautiful, warm, and passionate places within me. This violin is rather dark with a truly lovely tone, and also projects clear and powerfully. As far as the buying experience, I can't imagine better customer service. I spoke with several people at Fiddlershop and everyone was extremely helpful with every little concern and question I had. Hearing 3 different 909's being played for me on Youtube was critical in allaying my concerns and solidifying my choice.
I have purchased quite a few violins in the past and none of them reach up to the level of this G909A. I could tell the difference as soon as I played it out of the box. The Fiddlershop set it up perfectly and it stays in tune very well. It's got nice dark and rich tones on the lower register which I love. I can't wait to see how it opens up the more I play it.
Fabulous instrument AND customer service
First, I am a no beginner and very particular about tone, and I'm not sure Fiddlershop wants more customers like me. But I have to take a few minutes to rave about them. Last winter, I played over 100 instruments in the Washington D.C. area looking for an upgrade from the violin I'd brought with me from the arid West. I played a couple of Ming Jiang Zhus in a local store and liked them, and so I ordered two more from Fiddlershop in order to have more to choose from. They both sounded good, but I didn't like the string height of the setups, and so I sent them back and ordered two more with lower actions. One of which I kept because it is FANTASTIC. Not just fantastic for $3K, but fantastic, period. Most of what I was comparing it to were vintage instruments from $10,000 to $15,000, and these Mings far surpassed them in sound quality. As many, many reviewers have noted, new Chinese instruments can be very hard to beat for tone and value. Nine months later, my 909 is opening up nicely and sounds better every day. Throughout the process, the folks at Fiddlershop were wonderful. They were happy to ship all of the instruments with the strings I like (Vision solos) and didn't blink at going through their stock to find examples that seemed to incorporate what I was looking for. I'm not ordinarily a fan of buying instruments by mail order, but these folks astonished me with their level of personal attention. They're going to be the first folks I call when I'm next in the market for something new and different...
First off, this violin is beautiful, pictures can't do it justice. Very light weight with wonderful sound and tone. Very happy with the violin and Fiddlershop.
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