The Soloist violin is now made in an exclusive Holstein Violin workshop! After trying hundreds of models, Fiddlerman settled on this one as his dollar-to-dollar favorite advanced-level violin. Fiddlerman will personally test these violins thoroughly before shipping them out.
- Fully hand-carved, beautifully flamed select spruce and maple tonewoods
- Hand-carved French Despiau 3-tree or Holstein 3-star Bridge
- European spruce soundpost from "Alpine Tone Wood"
- 100% ebony fingerboard, pegs & fittings
- Professionally hand-rubbed, oil-based varnish
- Antiqued select wood - dried a minimum of 12 years
- Strings: Luthier's Choice - most commonly Thomastik Dominant or Thomastik Vision.
- Precisely measured string height for easy and comfortable playability
- The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box
Case: Fiddlerman Quality Oblong Violin Case FC75. Available in Dark Gray or Sand.
Bow: Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Violin Bow
Shoulder Rest: Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest
Rosin: Holstein Premium Rosin
Mute: Fiddlerman Rubber Practice Mute
Cloth: Fiddlershop Polishing Cloth
Tuner: Fiddlerman Digital Tuner AV10
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.
What a joy to own
When I decided to take up the violin pre-pandemic, I bought a student violin (~$230 USD) from a local shop to get started. I’ve been mostly self-taught and recently gained enough confidence to justify upgrading to a better violin. Having already purchased 2 carbon fiber bows from Fiddlershop I was very comfortable with an online order. I compared demo videos for the Artist, Master, Symphony and Soloist, and decided on the Soloist. To be honest, I was concerned about my own ability to adjust to a more advanced instrument. I was worried about possible differences in the geometry of a more refined bridge. I was also wary of abandoning my fine tuners and relying on peg tuning. And, I wasn’t wild about the two-piece back shown in the pictures of the Soloist. I took a leap of faith and ordered the violin outfit as-is without any special requests. Any hesitation I might have felt evaporated when the outfit arrived. I seriously could not be happier with this order. First, Fiddlershop is meticulous in their packing and shipping, with extra care given to protecting the bridge to avoid any issues in transit. The case is very sturdy and well organized. I already had a full stock of accessories, but everything included is first-rate. As for the violin, it is flawless in quality and voice, and a thing of beauty to look at. I was delighted to see mine came with a single-piece back of stunning flamed maple. From a playing perspective it took me a few weeks to adjust to the greatly improved sound vs. the brighter tone of my student instrument. I haven’t had any issues with string crossings, etc., but am still perfecting tiny differences in finger placement to achieve the best tone. When I get things right this instrument absolutely sings! The pegs are so precise and smooth I don’t even miss the fine tuners. I look forward to the pleasure of years of growth with this beautiful instrument.
Such GREAT sound
We tried both the 3/4 and 1/2 size Soloist violins and kept the 1/2 size for our specific needs. What great sound and resonance for a fractional instrument! I’m certain the full size would be even more impressive. This is the best violin we have found in this price range. If memory serves me correctly, then it is also a better sounding instrument than ones we tried elsewhere that are much more expensive. If you are a violinist, you NEED this in your collection! Thank you, Fiddlershop team for helping us to navigate the purchase and exchange to find the right Soloist size.
Great sounding violin, the carbon bow not for me
I got the soloist outfit a few weeks ago. The violin sounds great, and is way more powerful than the student violin I had been renting. I am enjoying my own attempts to play music even more on the Soloist! My wife is not excited about the louder sound ;). At the same time, the carbon bow doesn't seem to work well for me. I don't know if it's the matter of weight, the stiffness, or just being not accustomed to it, but I make much more mistakes with it compared to my rental bow. The carbon fiber bow also sounds a bit more harsh when I play. For now I think I will not use the bow, and buy out my rental bow when I return the rental violin. Thank you Fiddlershop!
Happy in Alabama
It was wonderful! Originally I did not know which violin to buy and by asking questions which were answered, I now have my violin which I am very happy with! Thank you!!!!
I ordered this back in October as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend . . . he just opened it last night and LOVES it!!! The sound is beautiful, the violin is gorgeous, and the whole outfit is top notch! He is SO excited - thank you for making our holidays bright!
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.