Fiddlerman OB1 Violin Outfit

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The Fiddlerman OB1 Violin Review

How does the Fiddlerman OB1 compare with the Fiddlerman Apprentice?

The Fiddlershop Family
Why is Fiddlershop growing so fast and blowing away its competitors?
Fiddlerman himself tests and curates the violins and works directly with the maker to produce only the best. With over 40 years as a professional player of orchestras around the world, he knows what he's doing. We buy our violins directly from the maker - a rare business practice that lowers our cost so we can pass the savings on to you! Each Fiddlerman violin is setup in our workshop.

The OB1 is a combination of great connections and strong buying power! The fact that we can offer a quality violin that will last for years WITH an advancing level outfit, is truly AMAZING. You'll find this level violin for $300-$600 at other violin shops, and that is WITHOUT a quality outfit. The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box. It's a teacher's dream!
  • Every Fiddlerman instrument undergoes our famous 10-point inspection!
  • Lifetime Structural Warranty and Free Lifetime Adjustments (Contact Fiddlershop)
  • Solid-carved spruce and maple tone woods
  • 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
  • Carbon Tailpiece with 4x Fine Tuners
  • Hand-carved french Aubert or Teller bridge
  • Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
  • Wood dried a minimum of 4 years
  • Installed D’Addario Prelude Strings (teacher preferred)
  • Great for Suzuki and NAfME students
  • Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
  • The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box
  • Available in sizes: 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4
  • Strong, responsive, high-grade Carbon Fiber (far superior to Brazilwood)
  • Durable Siberian horse hair for a smooth, full tone
  • Nickel-mounted true ebony frog
  • Genuine mother-of-pearl inlays
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.
  • One-year warranty on all accessories
  • Sturdy light weight high-quality oblong violin case
  • Case includes straps, music pocket, storage comparments, four or two bow holders
  • Fiddlershop/Fiddlerman Rosin
  • Fiddlerman carbon violin Shoulder Rest
  • Ultra Practice Mute
  • Fiddlershop polishing cloth
  • Carbon composite tailpiece with built-in fine tuners

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Patricia C.
United States


We are very happy with the product.

Fred P.
United States


It was great. Love the violin and ready to play. Love it!!


I bought

I bought the 1/4 size outfit for my 5 year old son. And after 2 months play, I can finally give 5 star and write this review.\r\n\r\nBefore purchasing, I asked on the about the choice between OB1 and Apprentice. And got quick and honest answer from Pierre. He told me at this small size, OB1 is just as good, and it's not necessary to spend too much on the temporary instrument. So I bought OB1 and saved some money.\r\n \r\nMy first impression is it is a very well made beautiful piece. The bow looks also very good. However, I almost gave 3 stars in the beginning. Maybe because I was spoiled by the highly rated reviews here, I had high expectation on its sound. I have to say, I was a little disappointed in the beginning. The sound of A and E strings is great, pure, clear, and loud; G string also sounds good; however, the sound of D string is sandy, even played by the teacher. I even thought about contact the shop to replace it. Eventually I didn't exchange it because I don't want to disrupt my son's learning. \r\n\r\nAnd now after two month's playing, about an hour a day, surprisingly, I find the sound of D string becomes very good. Not sandy any more. I can give 5 stars now without any hesitating. \r\n\r\nJust a minor imperfection about the outfit: the humidity meter doesn't work. But it doesn't affect the 5 stars.

Wilson Malone

I will say

I will say that I'm reasonably impressed with the instrument. The OB1 has a nice finish and decent wood. The fingerboard ebony has slight discoloration, probably on account of a lower quality cut being used, but that's okay since its only a beginner instrument anyway. The sound is on par for its price. I think in the future I may try to adjust the sound post since the G and D strings seem to be a bit muted whereas the A and E strings are very bright. Changing the instrument to synthetic core strings may help though. The setup is really impressive with the shoulder rest, the mute, the rosin, and the carbon fiber bow. The instrument came out of the box nearly tuned; it only needed a slight adjustment. The pegs were greased and moved very nicely.


I received this

I received this violin as a gift, and all I can say is -- WOW. My mother said that she was impressed with how quickly Mike replied to and assisted her with the questions she had about the violin outfit before purchasing it. I am a beginner, and the outfit is phenomenal. The violin is gorgeous and sounds great; it came out of the box perfectly tuned and ready to be played. I can't put it down. It came strung with D'addario Prelude strings, which produce smooth sounds and they feel nice on the fingers too. It came in a very nice case, and when it was shipped it was encased in a cloth bag as well. I'm still working on getting the bow rosined to the point of working smoothly, but I'm excited to have such a nice bow; and of course, it comes with high quality rosin to match. It sounds much smoother than some cheaper rosin I had. I was terrified of putting on the shoulder rest, but when I finally did, it was very comfortable. You won't find such a high-quality beginner's outfit for this price anywhere else, let alone the great customer support. I strongly recommend this violin, it's worth the extra money to get something you know will last and sound great.

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