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 or Holstein 1-star 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.
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.
Words cannot express how happy I am with this purchase, but I'll give it a shot. I have wanted to learn to play violin for decades but I always figured it would be way too expensive to get started. Then a friend of mine that plays recommended this site to me and I saw that there were very affordable ways to get started. I decided to take the plunge and I could not have been happier with the decision. The package came with everything you need to get started and the Fiddlerman site has tons of videos and sheet music you can use to guide you. I've been practicing between a half hour and an hour every day for the last four weeks and I've progressed from never having held a violin to being able to play several of my favorite movie themes and basic rock tunes. Having started down the road to becoming a musician, even though I'm in my 40s, has changed how I listen to and perceive music. I think about how I could try to play things and can better appreciate the difficulty in what I'm hearing. I have always loved music and learning how to play it myself has deepened that love more than I would have thought possible. My deepest thanks to the Fiddlershop for helping me get started down this road that I look forward to traveling for many years to come.
I just wanted to say thank you. I was surprised at the quality of the case when I first took it out of the box as I knew it was essentially a student violin. As a saxophone player for many years, I know what type of cases there are out there. For the overall price paid, it was far better than I was expecting. The violin looks great and plays great. It was really nice that it was tuned by you before shipping. This is a good quality violin for an adult beginner. This was listed as B-stock because of some stain imperfections, but that doesn't affect the sound in the slightest.
This is a beautiful instrument. The sound is deep and authentic. The case is great and includes everything you could need. Great customer service , you won’t be disappointed.
I bought this to replace my Grandad's violin. His was playable but the measurements were not to standard. I didn't want to spend a ton because I am just a beginner, but I also wanted to get a good quality. I am not disappointed!!!! The only reason I knew it was a 'B-Stock' violin was because I knew that was what I ordered. It took forever going over the violin with a fine tooth comb to find 1 barely perceptible flaw. And as for what comes with it.....WOW! Quality! Now on the how it plays. It is amazing the feel of this violin. All I had to do was tune it, rosin the bow, and it was ready to play. It sounds amazing! I will definitely be doing all of my violin purchases through Fiddlershop. Thank you so much for offering a great quality violin that us newbies can afford to get started on, that will last for a long time!
I've wanted to learn the violin since I was a teen and first heard an electric violin played on PBS. it sounded so much like an electric guitar; I fell in love! I decided to learn the acoustic violin first, but I held back on doing so though because the warnings I heard from people on how difficult it was to learn to play spooked me. Now 37 and I decided enough was a enough, now or never! This is a lovely violin! Once I got it tuned up she sang like a bird...well as much singing in my newbie hands it sang that is. I can't wait to start learning, and honestly, I looked for the imperfection that put it in B stock and could only find two small stain lines on the front. Nothing else. I searched for more but just found those. Still beautiful! The case is so well made I don't worry one bit about it's safety. Everything is such high quality ! Finding the Fiddler shop made finding the right starter violin easy for me. But what stuck out was how they reached out to me, without me doing so first, because it was taking longer then normal for my violin to ship. They all have to work remotely right now and that was making the process of set up take longer. They just wanted me to know it would ship soon. It did the next day and arrived at my house 3 days later. They could have just let me sit wondering but instead emailed to let me know what was going on. Good people, I will be buying from them again.
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