Fiddlerman Artist Violin Review
How does the Artist compare with the Concert?
How does the Artist compare with the Master?
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.
Artist Violin Features
- Solid hand-carved, figured spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% Ebony fingerboard & pegs
- Composite tailpiece
- Hand-carved German Teller bridge
- 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
Case: Sturdy lightweight gray/black suspension moon-shaped 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 (Muco for fractional sizes)
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.
Love at first sound.
As always the fiddler crew is amazing. Claire arranged this deal, Asa followed up on it and said she would have hubby pick out the violin, and good old Pierre just knocked it out of the park. Yes it has flaws, mine has several, but it is in our imperfections that we can find our perfections. Visually, it is a beautiful instrument, and a lot of that has to do with the little imperfections in the wood and the finish. This violin has an amazing voice. It is so warm, it brought tears to my eyes as I played. It is so beautiful to hear. The G responds so well and easily. It is very even across the strings and the E doesn't have that shrill piercing quality to it. You actually have to play into the E a bit to get loud with it. This is my 7th violin and officially my favorite as of now. I know there is a Grand Amatti in my future and probably a triple aaa ming Jang zsu, but until then and even after, the Artist will stay in my favorites because of its character and beautiful voice.
Instantly fell in love with this Violin!
I started playing the violin with a Josef Jan Dvorak violin and since gone with the Fiddlerman Artist Violin. I spoke with Clare and asked which is better the Fiddlerman Concert Deluxe or the B-Stock Fiddlerman Artist. She stated that if she would pick, it would be the Artist. We exchanged a few emails back and forth and I finally decided on the B-stock Artist. Reason for B-stock Artist vs regular Artist is mainly the discounted price and it's just cosmetic. The sound and quality of the violin is still there. She sent me some pictures of the violin I was getting and the cosmetic defects. It had a small scratch on the back and some darker varnish in the middle of the violin. I decided to order the violin and take my chances. I placed the order on November 6th and arrived November 15th. It arrived safely without damage to the box or to the internals. Once I opened her up, I instantly fell in love with it. I looked it all over up and down, saw the small scratch on the back and had to look very closely at the darker varnish in the front to notice it. After playing with it for a couple of days and doing a special at church, I am very pleased with my purchase! I will definitely buy all my instrumental needs at Fiddlershop since they have top notch customer service and superior products (I have my eyes on that Holstein Workshop Soil Stradivarius Violin)!
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