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Why Chinese Violins Are Better
As you may already know, China supplies most violins on the market, today. Unfortunately, there's a deep-seated prejudice against products with the common "made in China" label, including string instruments. But is it warranted? Are Chinese violins crap?
Within the last 20 years, Chinese violin makers stepped up their game. They import their woods from Europe, various parts of Asia, or wherever they find high quality Spruce and Maples. It’s a level playing field, and the Chinese are winning.
After testing hundreds of European-made violins, we now know in order to get the same quality European made violin; you will have to pay two-to-four times more than the Chinese-made ones. It comes down to cheap labor.
It takes approximately 300 hours to build a violin. Imagine paying George Smith in Texas $20 per hour to build it for you. That's a $6000 violin!
Luthiers (violin makers) generally charge much more than $20/hour. This is why violins sell for $20,000.00 and up.
Personally, we think that any bench-made Chinese violin for $3000-$4000 matches the sought-after quality and sound, depending on the maker, of course. Examples of great Chinese violins include Holstein, Fiddlerman, Ming Jiang Zhu and Scott Cao violins.
Our house brands, Fiddlerman and Holstein are top-notch student to professional level violins. Fiddlershop sets the example in cultivating direct partnerships with some exceptional workshops in China, and the value simply outstanding!
While other manufacturers are still building quality instruments, they are inflating the costs with advertising and a brand name. With our violins, you are paying for an exceptional instrument; our reviews and customer feedback reflect it.
Thankfully, you don’t need to spend that type of money in order to get a great violin. You can get a decent beginner violin for as low as $100, but we highly recommend spending at least a few hundred to get something that has been properly setup.
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