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Glasser Carbon Composite Outfit Review
Carbon Composite Body For Unmatched Durability
This Glasser carbon fiber violin features a revolutionary Carbon Composite body which is long-lasting, durable, lightweight and has a tonal quality which is rich and clear. The carbon fiber violin offers a high-performance, modern alternative to traditional wood instruments. The carbon fiber violin is an almost indestructible violin that is great for travel, outdoor performances and all those places where your instrument might get wet, overheated, knocked, bumped or scratched like lively sessions, bar gigs, dances, orchestra pits and outdoor shows. The Glasser carbon fiber violin is also very low maintenance, easy to play, and great value.
Quality Hardware & Accessories
The Glasser Carbon Composite Violin is finished with responsive Larsen strings, and Planetary pegs for exceptional tuning stability.
- Size: 4/4 only
- Body: Carbon Composite
- Color: Red/Black
- Strings: Larsen strings with D'Addario Helicore C (5-string)
- Pegs: Planetary Geared Pegs
- Fine Tuners: 5
- Weight: Approximately 565 grams (4-string)
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good for what it is
On the whole, I quite like the instrument. background: I play 5 string violin (classical pieces as well as non-classical). I took my wooden 5 string camping and it did not do well with the heat/cold and needed repairing. I started looking into carbon instruments as a woods option. pricing of available carbon 5 strings is uneven: there's the Glasser, then the next step up in prices seems to be in the several thousands range, which is a bit on the high side for a strictly camping/outdoor option. On the plus side: - indestructible for any reasonable uses. no worries about heat/sun/cold/wet damaging the instrument. also, not as worried about loss or theft - wouldn't be happy if it were stolen, but not nearly as bad as a 5k fiddle walking off. - does fine for the price, certainly fine for playing in the woods. - geared pegs work great - doesn't have a proprietary chinrest (like some of the more expensive carbons) so that you can use any standard mounting chinrest. - playability is excellent On the negative side: - a bit on the heavy side, but most of the weight is toward the body, so not held out in the hand. not particularly problematic. - some QC issues: the first glasser I received had an unevenly notched nut, with the A and D strings close together. there was some back and forth with fiddlershop and glasser about it. fiddlershop exchanged the instrument and the replacement had no issues. Some thoughts: - strings sound a bit bright to me, but is likely just a preference thing, and they are new and might need some break-in time. if they don't change much, I'll try a set of darker strings when they need changing. - the scale length was set up shorter than on my wooden instrument. readjusted the bridge for a longer scale and the sound improved noticeably. would definitely recommend doing this before judging the sound. - the bridge was cut flatter across the A string notch than I like (makes it impossible to play above 3rd or 4th position on the A without playing double/triple stops with the D and E). this was very easy to fix with a trip to luthier. some might prefer the initial bridge cut for easier double stops. - the wooden 5 string sounds better and is lighter, however is also more expensive. wouldn't prefer the glasser as a primary/only instrument, but for what I need, the glasser is great.
my Glasser 5-string fiddle
Well, my fiddle came in and I was very excited to start playing it. The first thing I noticed was that the bridge needed some tweaking so that I had a little more room on each string. No problems there. Other than that, It's all good. I like it very much.
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