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
- 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: Muco Easy Model Viola Shoulder Rest (14” and smaller sizes come with Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest)
Rosin: Fiddlerman Select Dark Rosin
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.
I have played cheap instruments and very fine instruments. I am simply blown away by this deal. The attention to detail in the setup is phenomenal. Fiddlershop does not skimp on the things that are important here, which is the setup, and all the necessary stuff to start playing. It even came with a mute. I think that anyone who buys this and puts a set of nice strings on it will find that it is indeed a concert ready viola. The wood is nice and the finish on it is way above what you would normally get with an instrument at this price. I payed quadruple this back when I was in grade school for a similar instrument, and it didn't even come set up correctly. The case is very nice as well. I don't know how they do it, but this is one of those rare instances of a company that is offering a surprisingly great deal. Also, they have fantastic customer service reps that cheerfully answered all my questions as I bothered them for a week straight before buying. If I sound like a marketer for the company, it's because I wish I was. It's that good.
You won't find more outstanding customer service than Fiddlershop. I don't have my Concert Viola yet, but Mike was extraordinarily patient with all of my questions and did everything possible so I could get the viola I truly wanted. If you're on the fence about what to choose, write or give them a call. They will work with you. Fiddlershop mailed my order out in less than 3 hours after I placed it! Before it went out, Pierre AKA Fiddlerman/Violaman) sent me a video of my very own viola! :) Such terrific service, and sincere, friendly folks!
The viola has a phenomenal sound, I really adore it. AMAZING!!!
Excellent, she loved it.
I returned it; I didn't like the sound of it, especially the D string, which sounded muddy. Overall it sounded similar to all other violas I've tried, even some costing over four thousand dollars, and none of which I've liked the sound of: the D and sometimes G strings have a kind of foghorn ring to them; maybe that's the warm tone that many people like or at any rate allows the instrument to blend-in in an orchestra. I much prefer my first one, which is a Cecilio CVA-400 I got from you guys that sounds more like a fiddle. My teacher said I must have stepped into an alternative reality to get that viola: in her opinion it's miraculous that it sounds as good as it does bearing in mind the price I paid for it. I'm no longer looking for a new, better viola, only a back-up I can travel with.
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