Fiddlerman Artist Violin Review
How does the Artist compare with the Concert?
How does the Artist compare with the Master?
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 Artist Violin Outfit
- Solid hand-carved, figured spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% Ebony fingerboard & pegs
- Carbon composite tailpiece
- Hand-carved German Teller bridge
- European Spruce Soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- 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: Fiddlerman Oblong Violin Case FC50. High-quality oblong violin case. Case includes straps, music pocket, storage compartments, four or two bow holders.
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Violin Bow
Shoulder Rest: Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest
Rosin: Holstein Premium Rosin
Mute: Fiddlerman Rubber Practice Mute (not available for 1/2 and smaller sizes)
Cloth: Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
Tuner: Fiddlerman Digital Tuner AV10
The Fiddlershop Family
Why is Fiddlershop growing so fast and revolutionizing the violin industry? We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford. Our founder Pierre Holstein (a.k.a. "Fiddlerman") works directly with makers in many different countries to produce only the best for our customers. With over 40 years as a professional violinist in orchestras around the world, he brings unmatched expertise in music and business to everything we do.
Every Fiddlerman, violin is set up and tested in our workshop to make sure it passes our rigorous 10-point inspection. Our incredibly talented team is here to help answer any questions you have, and make sure your instrument arrives safely.
Lifetime Structural Warranty
All Fiddlerman instrument outfits come with a lifetime structural warranty with free lifetime adjustments on the instrument, and a standard one year warranty on the included accessories. To learn more about our warranty policies, you can read about them here.
45-Day Hassle-free Returns
If you are not happy with your Fiddlerman instrument for any reason whatsoever, simply return it within 45 days. Read our full return policy here.
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)!
I was looking for a beginner violin that would sound good, not be hard to tune but also allow me to progress a few years or longer before upgrading. This violin has exceeded my expectations - it sounds amazing on all strings and projects quite well. The sound is better than in the online videos, especially the E string.Tuning has been easier than I expected and the pegs move smoothly. The fit and finish is quite good. The case and accessories are all very good. I really like the rosin that came with this violin. The Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber bow is nicely balanced, easy to hold and plays with very little effort. The Fiddlershop staff were all very responsive and helpful. Thanks Fiddlershop!
Excellent customer service! I’m an adult who has always wanted to play the violin. After doing research, I came across multiple sites recommending Fiddlershop including a music school nearby (Haddonfield School of Music in NJ). I was hesitant at purchasing a B stock instrument, but it’s perfect! There is a teeny tiny indent that’s hardly noticeable and I think it gives it character. The packaging was done with care and I was delighted by the humidity gauge in the case and the satin bag the violin was wrapped in. And it was in tune! It sounds beautiful:) Thank you all so much! I look forward to future business with you.
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.
Last year I had this crazy idea that a 60 year old, with no musical experience, could learn how to play the fiddle. I bought a very cheap fiddle online and started the struggle. I received my new Fiddlershop violin today, and I have no idea why it was B grade. My wife and I both inspected it thoroughly, and couldn't find even a slight flaw. More importantly, the sound and playability is light years ahead of my first fiddle. I could instantly tell that I had made a great choice. My challenge now is to play up to the quality of my new instrument. Thank you Fiddlershop
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