Ming Jiang Zhu Violin Review
Ming-Jiang Zhu Model 905 Violin, also called Model A.This beautifully violin is hand made 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 Three Tree or Aubert
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 am an intermediate player and was using a student model for approximately 10 years. I am soo happy that i decided to upgrade to this beautiful Ming Jiang Zhu 905 violin! I can hear a big difference in the sound. It will be awhile before i upgrade again... but who knows :) I highly recommend this violin!
I have owned the MJZ S905A since January 2019, so my review is well after that initial period of new violin syndrome wears off. The good news is my appreciation for the 905 hasn’t changed in 16 months. If anything, I love my violin even more! Five years prior to purchasing the 905, I played an Eastman violin that was very warm and dark, so I was looking for something different—something brighter but in a good way. I also found that my Eastman no longer cut the mustard so to speak. It just seemed to choke when playing in 5th position or higher. I needed an upgrade. I went to a violin extravaganza at a local music store in town, where big name brand dealers displayed their instruments, but I just couldn’t find anything I liked. I then went to a very reputable violin shop near Washington D.C., where they have antique violins, but unfortunately, they were out of my price range, so I had to look for another option, and found Fiddlershop. I researched their violins and read customer reviews, and decided to give them a try. I planned to purchase a 909 model after I learned I was receiving a bonus from my job that would help cover the cost. Well, I forgot how much Uncle Sam’s share was, so my bonus only allowed me to upgrade to the 905. To my surprise, the 905 sounded like a more expensive instrument when hearing the videos that Pierre recorded for me. I would describe the Strad (S) pattern 905 as clean, focused, and refined. It has a lovely tone—almost birdlike in the upper register. As an added bonus, it’s a beautiful instrument to look at. I’m proud to own this violin, and can’t believe something this good is under $2,000. It really can’t be beat for the price range, so if you’re on the fence, please give it a try. Will this be my last violin? I think not because Fiddlershop has an amazing array of instruments to fit every budget. I also can see and hear the quality of their bench made violins, so it's something to aspire to. So, when I do decide to upgrade, I will definitely come back to Fiddlershop. Their staff is decent, their products are excellent, and their prices are affordable. You really can’t ask for anything more.
I bought this instrument 3 months ago and I'm continually impressed day by day. The sound of this instrument is warm, mellow with depth - it has fantastic resonance and response. I must say I'm also impressed by the setup, very professional. The instrument traveled thousands miles and still came in tuned. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to further his violin-ship journey.
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.
Upgraded from Master to the 905! The difference is without a doubt, a better class instrument! , Better sound, better projection, resonance, everything! It is in my opinion a great sounding violin that compares to European “old” violins. Not quite a Strad or Guerneri, but for the price, incredible value. Unless I hit the lottery or want to deplete my savings by $$$$ more, there is no need. Next upgrade, if any, will have to have an incredible difference in sound and playability. The 905 is excellent. When I play it I sound like a violinist!! And Pierre the Fiddlerman is wonderful.
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