Ming Jiang Zhu 925 Violin Review
This is the top of the line violin from one of our favorite violin shops-the Noble Heart Workshop. These violins have a truly incredible sound and compete with violins worth at least twice their price.
- Each violin comes with a certificate of authenticity
- These violins go through Fiddlershop's famous setup process and we make any necessary adjustments at our shop before shipment
- Comes with a quality oblong violin case
This violin is made by Ming Jiang Zhu's top luthiers at the Noble Heart Workshop (who have been at this workshop for a minimum of 10 years). They have chosen the finest selection of woods in their batch of imported fine European woods. For the top, they select the finest spruce from Italy and Bosnian Maple for the sides and back. The availability of these raw materials are so hard to come by, on average they produce only one each month. The cost of the wood is about 10 times the cost of the wood used for the Ming-Jiang Zhu 909 violin.
Fittings: Purple Sandalwood with Pearwood trim
Bridge: Professional level Despiau or Aubert bridge
Strings: Peter Infeld, Evah Pirazzi Green or Thomastik Vision. The strings chosen might differ depending on the characteristics of each instruments. For any string preference, please leave add a comment to your order.
About the maker
Ming Jiang Zhu - Winner of the Violin Society America Gold and Silver twice, plus countless other international awards. Mr. Zhu’s instruments are highly recognized for their remarkable sound quality and power typically reserved for fine Italian Instruments. Time Magazine has said of Mr. Zhu; “…China can now lay claim to producing a contemporary equivalent to the famed Stradivarius…”
A Giant Step Up.
The 925 had the perfect all around Next step up and sound for me, but was too dark a sound for my tastes . The Holstein Virtuoso plays and sounds like a Budding Virtuoso would appreciate and enjoy.
The easiest decision I've ever made
I'm a freelance violinist who has been playing for 19 years. I tried the Ming Jiang Zhu 925 and Martin Sheridan Guarneri "Paganini" from Fiddlershop, along with a Heinrich Heberlein from a local shop in Philly. The moment I started tuning the strings on the Ming Jiang Zhu, I knew there was something special about this instrument. I've had it for about 2 weeks now, and each day I play on it, it only confirms to me that I made the right decision. This instrument gives you a warm, yet powerful tone that can project. You feel like you can really dig into the strings without breaking the sound. At the same time, it produces a beautiful, rich, and complex tone in soft, sul tasto passages. I feel like there is no end to the possibilities on this instrument and it will help me go to the next level in my violin playing. The tone is so evenly balanced across all of the strings and registers, and the clarity of the sound is unmatched by any other violin I've played on. I think it would be very, very difficult to find any violin better than this for under $10,000. (as an added note, the Codabow Marquis produces an amazing sound on this violin, although it's too heavy and clunky with off-the-string techniques for my taste).
It's a bit unnerving to buy an instrument online as you're not able to try it out and all, but the trial plan the Fiddlershop offers will put that to rest. I loved the sound of the fiddle on the demo vid and was not disappointed at all. It's a great sounding instrument and came set up very nicely out of the box. A pretty nice case was included, which I didn't expect. The only head-scratcher that I had was that the bridge that came on it was cut very thin through the heart, making it want to `potato chip` constantly as I was tuning and re-tuning as the strings settled in. Also, I think this made the sound on the delicate side v. where I have the sound now. In my case we installed a Fishman bridge/pickup and the only change we made was to lower the D & G string a tad, especially since I was going with Evah Pirazzi strings instead of the Thomastik PIs that came on it. The slightly thicker bridge and string change brought the instrument up above my expectations by far and the sound is loud and strong now. Also, being a new instrument I expected it to sound kind of tight and mean, as new ones can sound, but it started out sounding great and has only opened / loosened up more over a month. I can't wait to hear it after a couple of years! Get one.
Good for the price
We tried this violin as a trial, and thought it was a very good violin at that price. It is clear and projects well, and can believe the sound smoothing and rounding out as it opens up over the first 3 months.
An amazing violin
Wonderful - I expected a high quality instrument for the price, but this is far better than expected. The sound is beautiful and balanced and plenty loud, and the playability and setup is stellar. The workmanship and finish are the best I've personally seen (and I currently have 10 fiddles). With my brazilian bow, it sounds really amazing.
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