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Why Chinese Violins Are Better
This As you may already know, most violins today are supplied by China. There‘s a lot of prejudice against these violins, please read our article “Are Chinese violins crap?” if you haven’t already.
In the past 20 years, Chinese violin makers have really been upping their game. They are now importing their woods from Europe, various parts of Asia, or wherever they can get a hold of high quality Spruce and Maples. It’s a level playing field, and the Chinese are winning.
After testing hundreds of European made violins, we have come to the conclusion that in order to get the same quality European made violin, you will have to pay 2-4 times more than the Chinese made violins. It comes down to their cheap labor.
It takes approximately 300 hours to fully build a violin. Imagine paying George in Texas $20/hour to build this for you. That would result in a $6000 violin! Luthiers (violin makers) usually charge much more than $20/hour. This is why they still sell violins for $20,000.00 and up. Personally we think that any bench made Chinese violin for $3000-$4000 match that quality and sound (by the right maker of course). Example: Holstein, Fiddlerman, Ming Jiang Zhu and Scott Cao violins.
Our house brands, Fiddlerman and Holstein are really great examples of cultivating direct partnerships with some exceptional workshops in China and the value is simply outstanding. Though other manufacturers are still building quality instruments, they are inflating that cost with advertising and a brand name. With our Violins you are paying for an exceptional instrument and 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.