Review of the Fiddlerman Apprentice Violin
What does B-stock mean?
Every now and then we receive an instrument from our workshop with a visual imperfection. The instrument might have a small nick, scratch or a miss-coloration in the varnish. These visual issues do not affect the performance or playability of the instrument. However, we would never put these instruments into our regular inventory.
Just like every other Fiddlerman instrument we sell, this instrument is set up to perfection by our talented luthiers and is covered by our lifetime structural warranty.
We have a limited stock of these instruments. Every instrument has a different imperfection. Please find attached pictures for examples of these visual flaws.
Fiddlerman Apprentice Violin Specifications
- Solid-carved slightly flamed spruce and maple tone woods
- 100% Ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Carbon tailpiece with 4x fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 5 years
- Installed Fiddlerman Violin Strings
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box
- Great for Suzuki and NAfME students
We couldn’t be happier with this purchase. We made the mistake of ordering a violin online from another store on Black Friday and it turned out to be a horrible experience. We were hesitant to buy again online however we rolled the dice and bought this piece from Fiddlershop. What a wonderful experience! The violin was ready to play, no tuning or rosin required and it came with several high quality extras we did not expect. I typically do not bother writing reviews however in this case, Fiddlershop deserves some feedback. Thank you for such an exceptional prod!!
My son loved it and they sound good.
Never played the violin/fiddle in my life and gave up trying to learn the guitar years ago. I went to a violin shop in my town and said that I wanted to learn to play. First thing owner said to me, "Its a very hard instrument to learn." Downer. I already knew that and had thankfully been stalking the fiddlershop website. So, I returned home and continued stalking and mulling over whether I had the time to try this. I went back and forth on which instrument and even emailed the company two times about them. On the last time I was surprisingly told that their Christmas Black Friday sales was coming up. Now here's a company that told me to wait and was not worried about an immediate sale for money or numbers. I waited for the sale and jumped on the B Stock Apprentice violin. It came in and I was so excited. I did not find anything wrong, cracked or marred on the violin. I thought it was perfect and in fact kept thinking they may have grabbed the wrong violin. So now I am slowly and I stress slowly learning on my own with aid of the internet and feel no pressure when I can't practice every day. Thank you fiddlershop! I had such a great time with y'all I have recommended you to others and even brought in my fiddle to show a friend at work.
First, let me preface this by saying I am a raw beginner with no real experience. So, there will not be any musically insightful information. I have always wanted to learn the violin but always figured it was out of my reach. When I hit my 64th birthday, I figured it was no or, quite literally, never. So, not knowing any better I bought an UVSO (unidentified violin-shaped object) off Amazon for quite a low price and proceeded to try to teach myself. When it seemed all I could coax out of the ****** thing was a sound akin to a catfight, I gave up and put it in the closet. Then I discovered the Fiddlerman website, which, naturally, let me to the Fiddlerman store. After a year of hemming and hawing, I finally decided to give it another try and ordered the B-stock Apprentice outfit, which just fit my budget. First of all, if this is B stock, I can't find the flaw. It looks perfect to me. Now, here I am a week later working with it. I am making sounds that resemble musical notes and actually making progress. The violin arrived ready to play out of the box. It was actually so close to being tuned, all it took was a couple of tweaks on the fine tuners and I was ready to go. I am so please and excited with this outfit. I can't wait to see where I am another year from now. If you are considering this, go for it. It will be money well spent. Pierre, thank you for providing this service to those of us on tight budgets. Quality at affordable prices is a rarity these days. You can rest assured you will get that here.
Fiddlershop makes great quality instruments, and their customer support is quick. My instrument came well set up and ready to play.
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