Review of the Fiddlerman Apprentice Violin
What does B-stock mean?
Every now and then we receive an instrument from our workshop with a visual imperfection. The instrument might have a small nick, scratch or a miss-coloration in the varnish. These visual issues do not affect the performance or playability of the instrument. However, we would never put these instruments into our regular inventory.
Just like every other Fiddlerman instrument we sell, this instrument is set up to perfection by our talented luthiers and is covered by our lifetime structural warranty.
We have a limited stock of these instruments. Every instrument has a different imperfection. Please find attached pictures for examples of these visual flaws.
Fiddlerman Apprentice Violin Specifications
- Solid-carved slightly flamed spruce and maple tone woods
- 100% Ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Carbon tailpiece with 4x fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 5 years
- Installed Fiddlerman Violin Strings
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box
- Great for Suzuki and NAfME students
Good Introductory Instrument
My experience working with Fiddlerman was very positive; consumer service was responsive and helpful, my package shipped quickly and arrived undamaged. I ordered the B-Stock version of the Apprentice outfit to save some money, and overall have been happy with the purchase. Most of the flaws are cosmetic (a small crack near the neck, some inconsistencies in the varnish), but there are a few functional issues, as well. The pegbox was not fit very well, so the A peg slips unless pushed in extra firmly, and there is cracking near the D peg. The string grooves in the nut are evenly spaced, but the E string touches the side of the pegbox, which is wearing a groove into the wood and risks fraying the string. Despite these issues, which are relatively small and pretty easy to fix, the violin sounds great and the outfit comes with everything you need to get started.
The Fiddlerman Apprentice Violn Passes Every Test
I purchased this violin outfit to review it so I could, hopefully, recommend it to students. As I unboxed the violin outfit, I could see it was very carefully packed. The bridge had a cardboard jig to keep it in place during shipment. Very good! The instrument has a good tone. You would have to look far and spend a lot more money to get a better one. I can wholeheartedly recommend this to my students.
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