I purchased two incredible violins this week, a Ming Jiang Zha 905 and the Fiddlerman Concert Violin. I would like to acknowledge and say THANK YOU TO MIKE, PIERRE AND CRISTINA for helping me during the process of finding the perfect instruments for our family.Second, I confess I am a true novice when it comes to the violin, but since I have a piano background I am able to discern the differences in the quality of sound produced by different violins such as the rental we were playing on and those I tried in local music stores). So I was seeking a quality instrument that was also affordable.My hours and months of searching for the right instrument became a daunting task as I realized there are very few places one can go to in order to trial a violin. Fortunately I found Fiddlershop and spent many more hours listening to Pierre play every violin on his website and then more on YouTube. I was mesmerized by Pierre's talent, but equally impressed with his knowledge of violins. That alone told me I came to the right place, because in my local search, seemingly, reputable stores just ���sold�� violins and the sales personnel were relatively clueless when it came to answering the simplest of questions. You would think when you are spending hundreds of dollars there would be knowledable professionals eager to help. But that didn't seem to be the case.As for my MJZ905 it is truly remarkable. I had many violins on my list including the GCV Cremona Kreisler and the Scott Cao 750, which made it difficult for me to decide. Each of these instruments had the qualities I was looking for. Ultimately the decision was mine, so I kept listening to the violins and kept coming back to the Ming and then I asked myself what was it that kept drawing me back to that violin? The answer, an impeccable tone that seemed to sing her way into my heart! The more I listened, the more convinced I was that this was going to be my violin. The Ming was so openly warm and pleasant and listening to Pierre play Shindler's List on it just moved me like no other instrument I have ever heard. I know Pierre is a brilliant violinist, with decades of experience, so I knew I would not even come close to doing this sweet violin justice at this time in my journey, BUT TAKE NOTE BEGINNERS, I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN! ONCE YOU HOLD AND PLAY IT, YOU ARE HOOKED! What a fantastic incentive to practice in my opinion get the violin mute) The MJZ is very easy to play, tune AND I no longer find I need fret tape.The MJZ905 is as beautiful to look at, as it is to play. The only change I requested was the addition of Larson strings. This violin is everything Pierre talks about in his video and more; it's an investment that I will surely cherish for many, many years.To protect my instrument, I purchased the Fiddlerman case, as I definitely wanted to protect it against the weather here in NJ. Again Mike did not disappoint as he suggested this case for its durability. It's truly a great case with a zipper top and magnetic lock with rain flaps. It's nicely made and my favorite part are the two compartments inside to put tuners, rosin, shoulder rests, etc. The inside is velvet and securely holds the violin in place.Perhaps the single most important lesson I learned during this journey is that a quality violin such as the MJZ905 does not have to come with the most expensive price tag. I considered this purchase as an important investment that would help me reach my personal goals while enjoying the journey.I have gained a wealth of knowledge after interacting with Mike and as I said earlier I even bought a second violin for my daughter. Fiddlershop is a great resource, with fabulous instruments for anyone. I am truly grateful for their assistance and patience. WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND I LOVE THE MJZ905A, the best!ADDENDUM: I have now been playing on the MJZ905 for about one month and this instrument just sings! She's finally a bit broken in and indeed is warm and mellow. From a beginner's standpoint I simply can not wait to practice which is quite the difference from my piano playing days) and I find that this violin is very responsive, allowing me to begin playing faster and learning jigs. I have fun learning to play my scales a bit faster too. Also with almost four months of instruction and playing under my belt, I am not using any fret tape and my teacher is very happy with my progress. This violin is so beautiful I simply can't say enough. One thing I will mention is that I did get it insured. Unlike pianos, this violin travels to and from lessons, I just didn't want anything to happen to it and I would recommend insurance if you can afford it.