Fiddlerman will personally test these violins thoroughly before shipping out. The Soloist violin is now made in an exclusive Holstein Violin workshop! After trying hundreds of models, Fiddlerman settled on this one as his dollar-to-dollar favorite advanced level violin.
- Fully hand-carved, beautifully flamed select spruce and maple tone woods
- Hand-carved French Despiau 3-tree bridge (highest grade)
- 100% Ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Professionally hand-rubbed, oil-based varnish
- Antiqued select wood - dried a minimum of 12 years
- Strings - whichever strings sound better on the specific violin (most commonly Thomastik Vision strings for the Soloist violins)
- 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
* Lifetime Structural Warranty and Free Lifetime Adjustments
Outfit and Accessories
- Holstein Yellow Sandalwood Violin Bow
- High quality Sandalwood craftsmanship
- Nickel-Silver mounting and winding
- Genuine Ebony Frog
- Mother of pearl inlays on eye and slide
- Lizard skin thumb wrap
- Imitation ivory tip plate
- Holstein Premium Violin Rosin
- Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest
- Ultra Practice Mute
- Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
* One-year warranty on all accessories
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 violinist 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 set up in our workshop.
My buying experience was fantastic! From the first phone call I made to Fiddlerman's store, I was greeted with friendly and knowledgeable staff who helped me. They immediately offered to do a youtube comparison video of 3 instruments I was looking at on their website so I could make my final decision. The Soloist model is wonderful and with Pirastro Obligato strings, it has a warm and beautiful tone. I could not be more pleased with the level of service and care I received! Shout out to Christina for all of her help!! Kind regards, Tara McCoy
This instrument is really well done and every day it gets better.
The fidlershop team are a profesionals serving customers. Thanks Maiki
Fiddlerman Soloist Violin Outfit
I received my Fiddlerman Soloist via FedExp today 9/13, and after playing it for a good 40 minutes or so, here are my observations: 1.) The Soloist Violin: Appearance: I chose the yellow/brown Soloist. I love how they did the varnish on this violin! I love how the varnish "plays" with the flame of the maple back. What I mean is that, depending on where sunlight or any other light hits the back of the violin, there is almost like a holographic effect where some "flames" will be more pronounced than another. I am very impressed by this. I wish I had a better way of explaining it. The flame on the maple back of my Soloist is more on the finer side than what I've seen in pictures or videos from Fiddlershop. My Soloist has very distinguishable marks on it, which kind of reminds me of some of Lorenzo Storioni's violin backs. The Setup: I can turn the pegs very smoothly without any issues - which is very important to me. As Fiddlerman promised, their 10-point adjustment checklist is top notch. Everything looked very good and properly adjusted. I'm very happy with it. The Sound: Very smooth. Not too dark, but not bright either. At first, I really didn't like the Vision strings too much. Under my ear, the Visons sounded "metallic". Maybe because I'm used to Obligatos. But I guess the strings started to settle down, and I started hearing overtones, and the violin was resonating so beautifully. Even my wife commented on how smooth, deep, and powerful it sounded. I am really happy with this violin, and maybe I'll stick with the Vision for now, and see how it does. 2.) The Bow: Appearance: Very nice. If you don't look at the stamp near the frog on the bow, you won't be able to tell that it is a yellow sandalwood bow. The Feel: The YS bow is just a tad heavier than what I'm used to. My current bows are around the 59-60g range. I'm sure the YS bow is a little over that. However, it was very responsive, and once I got the proper tension on the bow hair, I started loving it! It produced a very smooth and focused sound on the Soloist. I had no problem doing sautille, martele, and spicatto on it. The bow is on the firm side, but not too firm -- just the way I like it. The YS bow also did very well with my Scott Cao. I just needed to get over the "weight" shock of the bow. But once I got over that, I started loving the bow. 3.) The Fiddlerman Shoulder Rest Appearance: Very nice looking shouldrest. Quality of the material is also very decent. The Feel: I'm still trying to figure this one out. I use Kun Voce Carbon Fiber shoulder rest. But so far, once I was able to find the right fit and adjustment on the Fiddlerman shoulder rest, it seems to work nicely. 4.) Holstein Premium Rosin I'm still evaluating this rosin compared to what I am using now. But so far, I'm liking it. 5.) The FC100 oblong violin case Appearance: Very nice. The case had it's own violin bag as well, but I like the Fiddlerman violin bag better. The Fiddlerman violin bag that came with the outfit is made of better material, I believe. 6.) Customer Service and Shipping Experience: Clare was very professional and helpful to my questions. I received my Soloist on time, and without any damage. It was very well packed. Other Thoughts: I'm very sure I will have hours and hours of enjoying my FM Soloist. I will have no qualms bringing this violin to performances or when I play in church. My other violin is a 2002 Scott Cao stv1500 made by their ex-luthier Ken Su (Scott Cao didn't have any signature series back then, and Ken Su had gone to open his own shop, and won the VSA violin competion in 2014). Although I love my Scott Cao, I promised my daughter I will give it to her when the time comes. I bought the Soloist for myself in preparation for giving her the Scott Cao. I started shopping for a violin that will not break the bank to keep my wife happy (lol). I chose this violin just by listening to the youtube videos. In my case, I know enough to know what I want to hear, and what I am looking for. Although I don't necessarily recommend doing this to everyone, Fiddlershop has proven to me their integrity in marketing their products. In short, I trust them! And I was not dissapointed! I'm a very happy camper!
She refused to let it go
My (12 yo) Grand Daughter has a 15 year old starter violin that belonged to her aunt and, it needed several repairs, but she refused to let it go. After several emails and calls to Clare at The Fiddler Shop, I decided to purchase the Soloist Violin for my Garand Daughter. When the violin arrived, my Grand Daughter would not even open the box. Several weeks passed and I finally convinced her to at least take it out of the box and see if she liked it. Well, she did at least open the box, take it out of the case and hold it. I could tell she was not quite sure how to react to the violin. She was excited, but also a bit reluctant to admit it. It has been almost a month since the violin arrived and my doubts have been removed. Angela finally took her new violin to both of her instructors last week; both of them said it was an “AWSOME” violin. They asked where she got the violin. I could tell by Angela’s reaction to their question, that she was now the proud owner of her new violin. Now we can send her old violin to The Fiddlerman for the repairs it needs. Who knows maybe the old violin will serve another generation of our family. Thank you, Clare, Pierre and the entire team at The Fiddlershop for all of your outstanding service and support. JWD
Overall experience was very good. The violin showed up when promised and was packed very securely. The instrument is beautiful and the sound is excellent. The case that came with it seems quite secure and I believe it will protect my investment.
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