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Franz Hoffmann Violins Reviews

Submitted by JohnKJR (see all reviews from this person) on 11/1/2013

Where Purchased: Shar Music

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 250 ($US)

Sound

This instrument lends itself more towards the low end with the type of richness expected from a beginner instrument and it is advertised as much on the Shar website. It projects well but is not overbearing.

Sound Rating: 6

Setup

Setup was fine for a beginner but strings were higher at the nut than would be expected for a custom setup as Shar advertises.

Setup Rating: 5

Appearance

The appearance was beautiful and rich with a deeper brown and redish tint to the wood. Spirit varnish used and a moderate shine was apparent.

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

The fingerboard finish wears off in certain areas within just a few weeks of use in first positions but all in all after a few months of everyday use; the intrument has held up wonderfully for its inexpensive price.

Reliability Rating: 7

Customer Service

I believe there is a 90 days warranty. Shar Music has been very easy to deal with online and I have purchased many other accessories for this outfit from them. Shar also has an excellent trade in/ Trial policy when it is time to upgrade and if you are not "in Love" with your first instrument.

Customer Service: 7

Components

The tiny block of Shar dark rosin could be improved upon having been included in the Etude outfit I purchase and one of the case zippers sticks at times. Other than those two things; this is a fine outfit for a beginner to start with and was recommended by my Bluegrass teacher before it was purchased.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

Excellent quality, beauty and playability important in a first Instrument at a very modest Price for an Outfit.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by dvn7035 (see all reviews from this person) on 4/8/2008

Where Purchased: sharmusic.com

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 369 ($US)

Sound

It's very mellow and kind of dark. It serves well as an orchestral instrument, but don't except some overly bright fiddle. It doesn't choke on the upper positions, but its just not quite what I want. Its a student violin so be sure to gauge your expectations.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

The violin was less than half a turn out of tune. Its bridge was carefully aligned with the fingerboard. I also liked the fact that it came with warm sounding Thomastik Vision Strings.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

It has a very attractive spirit varnish and the wood of the neck is very different. The wood has dark marks either from the wood itself or burn marks. It's chin rest is unique in the fact that it isn't the usual color of black for a student violin.

For Pictures See: The photo album

Appearance Rating: 8

Reliability

It has that new violin smell.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Shar is a very prominent music company. Their customer service is very helpful and friendly. The violin itself was under a seven day trial with a total refund and an extended warranty (free) for 30 days.

Customer Service: 9

Components

The case is is not that great and, its giving up the ghost (small rip, I exaggerate) after just 3 years. However, the Thomastik Vision Strings that come standard are crisp, if you can describe strings like so. Wittner tailpiece is a plus as well. Strings only lasted a year before snapping off.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

It is a very reliable student violin and worth every red penny. It's good to grow on. Its a Romanian workshop-made violin that is undoubtedly well made.

Overall Rating: 8

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