Ming Jiang Zhu Violin Review
Ming-Jiang Zhu Model 905 Violin, also called Model A. This beautiful violin is handmade in the Ming Jiang Zhu Workshop, but is set up and tested by our professional luthiers in our Florida workshop. It comes with a lifetime structural warranty and free lifetime adjustments.
Bridge: Professional level Despiau or Aubert Bridge
Strings: Thomastik Vision. The strings chosen might differ depending on the characteristics of each instruments. For any string preference, please add a comment to your order.
We personally go through these violins thoroughly and test/tune/adjust them before shipping out. The violin will arrive ready to play out of the box.
About the maker
The maker, Ming Jiang Zhu, is a "VSA" (Violin Society of America) gold medal winner! He has won the greatest number and highest level of awards in that highly prestigious international competition. He has become one of the most frequently awarded violinmakers in the world. Fiddlershop is proud to sell these fine instruments which would surely cost many times more if they came from any European country. This instrument is as beautiful to look at, as it is easy to play. It has all the wonderful qualities of a fine professional instrument and reminds me of the sound from fine Italian old violins.
I bought my Ming Jiang Zhu 2 months ago. My violin needed to be a 1/2 size and Michael was wonderful at making sure I could buy exactly what I wanted and I received my special order in no time at all. It was set up perfectly...the only thing I needed to so when I received it was to rosin up my bow! This gorgeous violin has a huge sound and a big surprise for me since mine is a 1/2! It is mellow and deep. I love it and like many other violinists, I don't want to put it down. In my opinion the Fiddlershop is the finest, friendliest violin shop anywhere....I have purchased 3 violins from them and each purchase has been a great experience. I love that Pierre has out together a program to learn to play the violin along with many great pieces of music to choose from. If you have ever had a notion to play the violin...stop by the Fiddlerman or do as I did and call them. You will not be disappointed, and your world of music will bring you much joy.
After 6 weeks of playing my 3/4 MJZ 905 I can recommend it without reservation to any small adult or talented child. The sound is full, richly resonant on the G and D strings and sweet on the A and E strings. Fiddlerman, Pierre, highly recommended it to me and had it setup specially to maximize its capabilities knowing that I am an adult who will never graduate to a larger instrument. It is easy to play and very responsive to the bow, in my case, the 3-star Holstein pernambuco that I purchased last year. I can now play grace notes and fast passages with the left hand and the Kaplan Amo strings on my Little Ming reverberate through the wood beautifully. Under my ear it is very satisfying, but when I listen to talented friends play it, the sound brings tears to my eyes. It is immensely capable. The finish is gorgeous and the boxwood fittings are handsome. If you are a smaller or less flexible adult, this 3/4 is what you want and are having a hard time finding. If you have a talented child, this fine 3/4 will prevent them from rushing prematurely to a full sized instrument just for better sound. Trust Fiddlerman and his staff. They are consummate musicians and buyers of fine instruments. Thank you, Pierre, I am deeply grateful. You listened and found me exactly what I had wanted.
Mike, Thank you so very much for helping me select the Ming Jiang Zhu 905. It is a superb instrument! I could have never imagined how good it sounded straight out of the box. I am very satisfied with the last violin I will ever need to buy. Gary
I’m very pleased with the instrument, bow and case. I purchased it about four weeks ago and in every way it is a superior instrument to my student violin. The more I play it the more the tone deepens...it is a very good value for the money and I’m very happy with my purchase.
Ive been a musician for over 40 years, playing the violin for the last 3. I started with junk, and i struggled and i struggled until i made a friend in Pierre Holstein who pointed me along the right path. It took several upgrades to get to the ming. Now with a wall full of violins, the ming is all i play. It wasnt until i played the ming that i understood what better fiddlers meant when they said it was like cutting butter. The reaction of the wood is so fast its almost instantaneous. Imagine those days when your intonation is perfect, the ming 905 under ear sounds like your listening to music through headphones. The clarity and volume of the sound, the shapes and color in the tone, its an experience that can only be experienced, not described. Everyone seems to be more interested in the appearance, so ill address that. Of all the violins i have, the ming is the most beautiful. There is a richness to the color i havent seen in others. I wanted a violin that looked like it was made by Guanerri himself, and thats exactly what i got. Is it worth the money? You better believe it and then some. In the short time ive been playing the ming, speed and emotion have greatly improved. Its just so easy to get what you want out of this violin. Alot of the frustrations you have are simply gone because the 905 is so giving. This is the violin i was searching for, i am very grateful that Pierre, Asa, and the fiddlershop family came into my life. You guys brought it to a whole new level and i love you for it. Thank you.
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