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.
Bridge: Professional level Despiau or Aubert Bridge
Strings: Thomastik Peter Infeld (PI) Violin Set. The strings chosen might differ depending on the characteristics of each instruments. For any string preference, please add a comment to your order.
Dimensions of 7/8: Body length approx. 344mm
Overall length approx. 570mm
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 us of the sound from fine Italian old violins.
Ming Jiang Shu 905
Overall experience was very good. Received violin in beautiful shape. I really liked the way it looked and it sounded great. Warm and deep on the G and D strings with good depth. I still feel like I'm breaking it in. It is very new. Made in 2022 unlike violin I've been playing for 40 years which was made in Boston in !905. As much as I enjoyed my antique violin for many years, I am gravitating towards this 905 most of the time now. Very happy with it. I appreciate the Fiddlershop service and setup.
I am one year and 3 months into my violin journey and traded my student violin for the Ming Jiang Zhu 905 with add on gear pegs option. The tuning is so much easier than messing around with fine tuners. All of the strings resonate a beautiful sound. I wanted a violin that’s not too whinny on the E string but yet a smooth subdued high pitch. The violin itself is very easy to play (less scratching and sliding). I purchased the 2 Star Bow and both violin and bow make beautiful music together. Each week the sounds gets more pronounced..I’ve had the violin for 2 1/2 months now. Fiddlerman is correct, if you’re a beginner and this violin is within your budget get it.. my advice is ..add the gear pegs
Since the majority of instrument reviews are by fairly new players with extremely new instruments, I wanted to post a 2nd review of my mjz 905. My mjz was made in 2019, and I've been playing it a little over 2 years. Currently, I own some 20 odd violins, in addition to another 25 or so banjos, basses, mandolins trumpets, saxophones, on and on. If you watched the review that Pierre does with Schindler List, sounds wonderful until you realize its played on a completely new instrument that hasn't opened up yet. Well mine has opened considerably and still getting better every week. I wish you could hear the same passage played on it. It is mind blowing. And yes, when he says it will compare to violins costing many times more, he's telling the truth. What amazes me the most is that as it opens up and gets louder and louder it keeps its warmth and color. Another thing that is very impressive after it opens up is the way it projects fingered notes. Say you're playing an A on the D string compared to the open A, you can't tell the difference. The open A isn't at all harsh or over bearing to the fingered A note. The blending and eveness across all 4 strings is phenomenal. If you are used to a cheaper violin, you will relearn how to use bow pressure. And you will have to get used to the volume under ear, its intimidating. Its also aggravating to be able to hear every mistake you make, which makes you better. Here's the changes I made. Pernambuco and titanium fittings. Harp style tailpiece. Thats it. Does it need them, no, not really. If you're thinking about buying the 905 and your serious about playing, its a fantastic investment.
It’s an amazing violin, whole new level in terms of sound, playability, and looking in comparison to the one I had. The violin had been shipped to me on the other side of the world tuned, ready to play, and above all very easy to retune.
Clarity, dark and powerful
Words can't describe how much I am loving my 905 so far. My only regret is that I didn't get the Holstein Workshop by MJZ for $3400, but that is next for me after my final promotion at the university in a few years. With that said, as a step up from my student STV 017 violin, which actually has played well for several years doing Irish music, my 905 is like an expensive, earthy pearly rich glass of Merlot, compared to maybe a Sauvignon Blanc ... okay I'm trying here, work with me! I'm not used to such a powerful E string and such clear A string. I will also add that my selection based on the Youtube demo is proving correct as to what I hoped for in picking this violin. I've noticed that big dark G string sounds sometimes you hear don't seem to guarantee upper string nuances and sweetness, so I picked this one because it seemed a bit more balanced across the strings. My G string is warm and rich and not over the top leading nicely into my D string. I am really happy with it and not to mention the fabulous customer service.
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