Fiddlerman Artist Violin Review
How does the Artist compare with the Concert?
How does the Artist compare with the Master?
Artist Violin FeaturesEvery Fiddlerman instrument undergoes our famous 10-point inspection! Lifetime Structural Warranty and Free Lifetime Adjustments
- Solid hand-carved, figured spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% Ebony fingerboard & pegs
- Composite tailpiece with 4 fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge
- European Spruce Soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Hand-rubbed, oil/spirit-based finish (no thick lacquer)
- Antiqued wood - dried a minimum of 7 years
- Strings - Whichever strings sound better on the specific violin (most commonly D'Addario Kaplan Amo or Zyex strings for the Artist violins)
- Exceeds all Suzuki and MENC standards
- 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
Case: High quality oblong case
- Case includes straps, music pocket, storage, YKK zippers, two bow holders (only 4/4), Hygrometer
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow
- Strong, responsive, high-grade carbon fiber (far superior to Brazilwood)
- Durable Siberian horsehair for a smooth, full tone
- Nickel-mounted true ebony frog
- Genuine mother-of-pearl inlays
Rosin: Holstein Premium Violin Rosin
Shoulder Rest: Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest
Ultra Practice Mute (Not Available for 1/2 and 1/4 size)
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.
I am an adult beginner on the violin but I have been playing the guitar for decades and some piano as well so I do know a little about music and instruments in general. I knew that I wanted to get something much better than a cheap Ebay or Amazon instrument; something that I could grow with and not want to replace too soon. After a lot of internet research, I decided on the Fiddlerman Artist. So far, I am very happy. It was shipped in its case in a perfectly-sized box with plastic air pillows all around to keep it secure. The bridge was protected with a nicely designed cardboard thingy. For a beginner, the most important thing about a violin is the set-up. My violin included a signed checklist of all of the items that were done. I checked the string height and both the G and E strings were exactly at the recommended height. The bridge was well-fitted to the violin top. The strings needed a little tuning, but this is to be expected. I believe my violin was set up very well. The violin sounds pretty good to me and the carbon fiber bow is nice as well. I can easily hear the open strings resonating for 6-7 seconds after I lift the bow. How can something so small sound so big? There is no question that my violin is far more capable than I am at this point. The case is of good quality, with room for the violin and two bows. Two storage compartments can hold a shoulder rest, rosin, and more. A flat, zippered pocket on top has room for sheet music. So far, I am liking the Fiddlerman wood shoulder rest as well. During my research, I saw a lot of positive comments about Fiddlerman's customer service. For my purchase, they were very responsive to my e-mails and Pierre even made a short YouTube video for me, playing two different violins, so that I could pick the one that I liked better. All in all, I am very happy with my purchase and I am really enjoying learning this new instrument.
I am an adult violin beginner who was looking to learn on a quality violin rather than the cheap VSO (violin shaped object) I currently had. After doing extensive research, the Fiddlerman violin line came highly recommended due to its rich quality of sound and unparalleled craftsmanship. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. The prep work done by the Fiddlerman luthiers was extremely helpful, as setting up a violin (like I had to do with my prior one) should not be done by an inexperienced person. The Violin is made of beautiful tonewoods and has an exceptional quality sound and resonance. The pegs are well fitted and do not slip like my prior violin. The carbon fiber bow is light and has beautiful ebony frog and mother of pearl inlay. The case is very nice and all of the accessories were high quality. I would recommend the Fiddlerman line to anyone looking for a quality violin!
Excellent for the price.
I'm really pleased with the Artist violin. Compared to my old Stentor it's a bit brighter but at the same time richer and more complex sounding. It's nice and light, weighing in at around 480g (which is a good sign apparently). Look-wise, I'm generally not a fan of artificial antiquing, especially when it's overdone. However, the antiquing on the Artist is limited to a bit of faded colouring at the corner areas, so I'm OK with that. The flames on the back are really nice as well. The setup seems to be decent, with a nicely fitted bridge and usable pegs. The bow is OK but slightly more top-heavy and of lower quality than my Codabow NX, so I continue to use the latter. At this price point, it's difficult to be critical as the performance seems to exceed the cost. If I was to be picky however, I have found the varnish chips more easily than my old violin. Perhaps this is just a feature of spirit varnish in general. The varnishing was a little rough to the touch around the edges. I sanded them down a little with some fine micromesh which has improved the feel of the instrument significantly. And lastly, it would have been nice to have a genuine Wittner tailpiece instead of a copy. But I guess you could request this if you want it. I expect this violin to last me for a couple of years at least. After that, I would definitely be tempted to shop here again for an upgrade. I'll ask for one of those cool videos comparing different models. :)
You get what you bargained for - Fiddlerman Artist Violin
I bought this violin 1 year ago (almost). While I needed more info regarding what type of violin I wanted, Fiddlerman was kind enough to help me with my request. What I like about this violin is that first of all I requested a violin that had a deeper sound. Previously I had 5 other violins when I used to learn in music school, but they didn't compare to this one. I got exactly what I wanted: a good violin, which has a deep enough sound. The sound is not sharp, that it bothers you. And I totally love it. Also the strings are of high quality, they sound good when you put the bow to them and the resonance is awesome. I highly recommend this violin if you're on a budget or you think you need something with a deeper sound :D
Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect when I first opened up the box. Something comparable to my old school instrument, but a bit better since it hadn't been through kids beating up up perhaps? Or something that was, while good, not as great as the reviews made it seem. Either way expectations were blown away, because the Artist is a *very* nice instrument for the price. Is it going to be comparable to a $2000 violin? No, but then again it's less than a third of that price for something that is *much* better than said price difference would suggest. All in all I was/am pleased with the tone, weight, etc...of the whole violin. In fact I was so pleased with the Artist that, upon considering it further I decided to upgrade to the Soloist. Which Fiddlershop was very helpful with throughout the entire process in spite of my many questions. If you're on a budget and can't afford the Master or Soloist, then I wholeheartedly recommend the Artist.
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