Ming Jiang Zhu 903 Violin Review
The Ming Jiang Zhu 903 violins are made at the Noble Heart workshop in Guangzhou China. This world class workshop has won many Violin Society of America awards. These violins are very powerful, clear, and generally have a very dark tone. Every violin is carved from beautifully flamed asian maple for the back and sides, and a spruce top with a beautiful antique oil finish.
Bridge: Professional level Despiau Three Tree or Aubert
Strings: Evah Pirazzi Green or Thomastik Vision. The strings chosen might differ depending on the characteristics of each instruments. For any string preference, please leave add a comment to your order.
This violin will arrive completely set up and thoroughly tested/tuned/adjusted at Fiddlershop before shipment. We spend an average of 3 hours on each violin.
I just received the MJZ 903 and 2 other violins on FiddlerShop this morning for trial. The MJZ 903 sounds good. It feels nice and easy to play. Notes on the G and D strings are very mellow and warm. Notes on A and E may not have great clarity but it is well balanced. Overall, it has decent projection and the tones are complex with rich colors. I like it a lot and feels great to play. The appearance is impressive, the flamed maple is pronounced and beautiful. The varnish finish work is of high quality. It is a handsome violin that I would be proud to show off. I have a Jay Haide l'ancient from another shop for trial. While the Jay Haide has better projection and clarity, I have to say this MJZ903 is a close rival. Each violin is different, this one I received has a lovely warm voice which gave me a very hard time to choose between it and the Jay Haide brighter voice). In addition, the 903 is almost half the price of the Jay Haide. I haven't made up my mind between the 2 but the 903 certainly is no doubt a lovely violin with excellent value.
The experience was the best. I was a little apprehensive with the idea of me going to buy a violin by myself because I've only been playing violin for a couple of years and I'm not experienced about choosing a violin but they make it very pleasant and relaxed. First, since I live in South Florida, we talked on the phone to set up an appointment and tell them the price range I was looking for. When I arrived there, they had already arranged 3 options of violins. Pierre himself played them for me and answered all my questions. Then they let me play the violins for as much time as I wanted in a separated room. They 3 violins were great, they all sounded beautiful and I was surprised with how easier it is to play a good violin. The quality was A1. Any of the three violins would've been a great choice. I just choose the one that felt right to me. When I made up my mind they came back and help me choose a violin case. I only have good things to say about the staff of Fiddlershop. They are very friendly. I certainly recommend buying from them. You can't go wrong.
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