Fiddlerman Concert Viola Review
An advanced level viola with a deep appealing sound, responsive playability and inspiring looks. Big, bold sounding, great "hand feel" and precisely-functioning components! Carefully selected aged flamed tonewoods with real ebony fittings and careful hand-varnishing brings out the natural beauty of the wood and the tone.
- Solid-carved slightly flamed spruce and maple tonewoods
- 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Carbon tailpiece with 4 fine tuners
- Hand-carved French Despiau bridge or Holstein 1-star
- European spruce soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- Spirit-based durable dark brown finish (no thick lacquer)
- Wood dried a minimum of 6 years
- Great for Suzuki and NAfME (National Association for Music Education) students
- Strings - whichever strings sound better on the specific viola (most commonly D'Addario Prelude)
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The viola will arrive ready to play out of the box!
Fiddlerman Viola Bow Features
- Strong, responsive, high-grade carbon fiber (far superior to Brazilwood and lower grade pernambuco)
- Durable Siberian horse hair for a smooth, full tone
- Nickel-mounted true ebony frog
- Genuine mother-of-pearl inlays
Case: Sturdy light weight high-quality oblong viola case. Case includes straps, music pocket, storage compartments, four or two bow holders.
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Viola Bow
Shoulder Rest: Fiddlerman Wood Viola Shoulder Rest (14” come with Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest)
Rosin: Fiddlerman Select Dark Rosin
Mute: Fiddlerman Rubber Practice Mute
Cloth: Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
Tuner: Fiddlerman Digital Tuner AV10
The Fiddlershop Family
Why is Fiddlershop growing so fast and blowing away its competitors?
Fiddlerman himself tests and curates the instruments 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. Each Fiddlerman viola is set up in our workshop.
Fantastic for the Price
The shop was very easy to work with and the instrument sounded great out of the box.
Great I had previously purchased an Artist 4/4 violin. Then ,later, I purchased a Concert viola. I wish I had purchased the Artist viola. Then they would match. John
15 in. concert viola
Its been 8 months since i purchased my Fiddlerman Concert 15 in. viola,and i want to say it was packed really well with no damage and WOW still in tune.The viola has a very warm projecting sound,and thanks to Michael picking out the color i wanted was superb and i called personally to thank him and Fiddlershop for doing such a good job setting up my viola and getting it to me quickly.These guys know what they are doing and are Professionals and im a customer for life,you wont find a better place to buy instruments with quality and a price to match your budget,also the most helpful and friendly staff.Bottom line when i need another violin or other stringed instrument Fiddlershop is my First choice.
I’’m a fiddler. Specifically, I play Irish Trad. I wanted a viola purely for fun and to experiment with a different sound outside of sessions. Having purchased strings and accessories through Fiddlershop many times and having nothing but amazing experiences, I knew this was the place to go. I settled on the concert viola preferring the sound, and it is everything I wanted. I’ve barely put it down since it’s arrival. My newest fiddle is early 20th century at most, so this was my first time buying a new orchestral type instrument, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s very well built, with the appropriate amount of finish to not stunt the sound from maturing. The fiddlerman line of instruments really are a bargain for the quality. Also, the case that comes with the outfit is a case that I would have willingly purchased separately, the quality is that good. So, that was a welcome surprise as a stock case! I upgraded the bow to the carbon fibre weave. The viola handles like a dream. I was excited that mine came strung with Helicores. I would definitely recommend the concert viola to any fiddler/violinist just looking for a quality viola to just have fun with.
I have to start this review with a little bit about me. I am an Orchestra teacher at the Middle School level. My main instrument is the Baritone Sax. I love playing the viola over the other string instruments and have been looking to upgrade my junky old, junk-shop find of a viola for a while now. I bought a 17 inch Concert Viola about a week or so ago. The difference in feel and response between this instrument and my old one is significant. This instrument has a ring to its sound that is a little hard to get used to when you are not used to a quality instrument. The vibrations and the ease of playing it are incredible. I cannot imagine what it would be like to play a more "professional" viola. I believe that the Fiddlershop instruments compete head to head with other manufacturers instruments at twice or three times the price. I love playing this instrument. I do have two complaints: 1. I would love for Fiddlershop needs to start to sell their own brand of strings for this instrument and size. Fiddlershop does not have their own house brand strings for viola. Fiddlerhsop needs to start selling these soon. My students all notice a huge difference between the Fiddlershop strings and the ones that are stock. 2. The instrument was shipped by FedEx. There was a little bit of adjustment that I needed to have done to the instrument upon opening the box. The footprint on the top of the box was more than likely the cause for this needed adjustment. The package also spent more days traveling the State of Wisconsin where I live than getting to the State of Wisconsin from Florida. I have two recommendations when it comes to buying this instrument. 1. If you are thinking of buying, it, BUY IT!! You will be very happy with it. 2. Have it shipped by any other company than FedEx. Having this shop launch the instrument out of a cannon in the general direction of your home is far better than FedEx shipping it to you. FedEx is no friend of Fiddlershop. This is a GREAT instrument. It is well worth the price. I love it!!
Fiddlershop is a small family-owned business located in South Florida. Since 2012 we have been serving the string community with quality instruments and accessories. We believe that music and instruments should be accessible to everyone at a price they can afford.