Glasser Carbon Composite Violin

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Glasser CF Violin Review 4/4

Sorry in advance for the long post but I wanted to give my full account of this review. I preface this by saying I’m an intermediate player. By no means am I an expert. I have fitted bridges and sound posts successfully before so I have some experience there. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this violin. I purchased it mainly out of curiosity to see how a CF violin would perform. Out of the box it sounds … OK. As others have mentioned, it sounds a bit muffled, sort of like playing in a tin can. For me it was mainly on the D string and somewhat on the A. The violin I received had a CF bridge and a CF sound post. The Glasser web site shows traditional wood bridges so maybe this was an older model. To try and improve the sound, I decided to fit a wooden bridge and sound post and try Evah Pirazzi Green strings. I know - too many variables at once - but I gave it a shot. And the sound did improve quite a bit. Not a concert violin but good enough to practice with everyday. However, the string height was a little too high so I took off the bridge to adjust the curve and string height. At the same time, I decided to try and move the sound post. This is where the hate part of the relationship comes in. The out of the box sound post position was almost directly under the bridge and about a 3rd of the way from the treble foot to the bass foot. I wanted to move it out towards the treble foot and back a bit to the “traditional” starting position. I could not for the life of me get the sound post to set. It kept falling over, like it was too short. After shining a light inside the violin, I could see a spot where the original sound post was set. It looked like a small platform so that it was raised above the back of the violin and flat on top. The same with the top, but not as pronounced. So there is no way the original sound post was going to fit if moved off that platform. Long story short, I gave up at this point and put the sound post back to the original position. Now the string heights are perfect and it does sound decent quite honestly. I think for beginners or intermediate players for practice or for parents worrying about their kids abusing it back and forth to school/lessons it could be a great fit. The violin Itself does look nice. The planetary pegs are very easy to turn. I’ve had them slip a bit every now and then but never more than a ¼ turn. They seem to be very precise otherwise and really no need for the fine tuners on the tail piece. I have Wittner finetune pegs on my other violin. They never slip, but are not as precise so everything has its tradeoffs. I would rate this 3 1/2 stars, but can't seem to do that. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents. Hope it helps.

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Glasser Carbon Fiber Violin

I really like my Glasser violin.

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Fantastic, A Genuine Bargain

This violin / fiddle is truly a great bargain. Although expert, classical/purist violinists might not find the tone subtleties quite as good, for those (like me) who primarily play just Old Time Appalachian fiddle tunes and styles (Round Peak), and frequently play not only in standard but also in cross tunings, this 4/4 fiddle is exceptional. The geared pegs and setup it came with make for effortless playablity, and the tone and volume are outstanding. One can't go wrong with this. Many thanks, Fiddlerman Shop and Glasser for making this product available at an extremely affordable price.

John M.
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Very satisfied

Surprisingly good sound, looks good and good quality. Makes a good travel violin.

Steve C.
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Headed to the Mission Field

This violin was ordered to gift to a lady who was headed to the mission field in Honduras. The ordering process was very efficient and the shipping was timely (we had just a week to get it into her hands before departure). She loves the instrument and reported that it is perfect especially for the environment she is now in. Thanks for a great experience.

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