Review of the Fiddlerman OB1 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 OB1 Violin Outfit
The OB1 is one of our top recommendations for beginners on a budget. It is well crafted from aged tonewoods, finished with a beautiful dark brown varnish, set up here in our shop to perfection, and produces deep and brilliant tones.
The OB1 is possible because of the combination of great connections and strong buying power! The fact that we can offer a quality violin that will last for years with an advancing level outfit is truly amazing. It's not uncommon to find this level violin for $300-$600 at other violin shops, (and that is without a quality outfit). Each violin is tested and will arrive ready to play out of the box
- Solid-carved spruce and maple tone woods
- 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Carbon Tailpiece with 4x Fine Tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge
- European Spruce Soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 4 years
- Strings - can be Prelude, Fiddlerman, or what we find suits each violin best
- Great for Suzuki and NAfME students
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box
Available in sizes: 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4
Case: Sturdy light weight 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 (1/8 and smaller sizes come with Muco SR-4 Violin Shoulder Rest)
Rosin: Fiddlerman Select Dark 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 string instrument 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.
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! 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.
Wow this violin is a huuuuge upgrade from my daughter's cecelio cvn 300. it was a great violin to begin with (upgraded to fiddlerman carbon fiber bow and fidderman strings) but she outgrew it so we decided to try the Fiddlerman Ob1 in 1/2 size since she loved her Fiddlerman bow/strings. The first time she played it out of the box - WOW! We didn't realize how much the cvn was holding her back, the sound that projects from the ob1 is truly outstanding. I don't know why this is called a "beginner" violin, I think it suits my daughter who is sort of "intermediate" now (suzuki book 4, just finished vivaldi concerto 1st movement and it sounds incredible on this violin). Also, I didn't see any blemishes on the violin that would make it "B stock". We also received the Holstein rosin and I love it (little to no dust and as an allergy suffered this is HUGE). Her teacher said the tone is great. My daughter says she loves her new Fiddlerman violin, THANK YOU! We will be upgrading when she outgrows this 1/2 size to another Fiddlerman (hopefully concert) violin!!!
The website is very user friendly. I loved being able to hear how the violin sounded before I chose one. It was processed and sent very quickly. The outfit is perfect - everything you need to get started and was in tune. The violin is beautiful. I highly recommend this company
The violin is wonderful with great sound sound and great price!
There are a few varnish imperfections on my violin, but I am still enamored by the beauty of the violin. The imperfections make it more beautiful, as crazy as that sounds. My favorite thing about it is the sound of the D String—unlike my old violin the D string is rich sounding and without a mute the violin projects sound well. The bow is really easy to play with, perfect for myself who is a beginner. The pegs and fine tuners are easy to use. Overall the quality of the violin for the price is unbeatable.
While I haven't played it yet, the 4/4 is beautiful. It arrived in perfect condition, and I cannot detect the varnish problem anywhere on the violin. I had the luthiers install geared pegs, which brought the total higher but is ultimately worth it, as I cannot tune with regular pegs on a violin to save my life. It arrived close to in-tune, included a luggage tag, which I was not expecting, and keys for the lock on the case. This is a fantastic outfit for anyone who hasn't played in a long time or felt discouraged trying to play on a poorly made student violin.
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