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Song Tie Ji: Strad style Song Maestro 4/4 violin

Submitted by laoxu on 1/19/2015

Where Purchased: ebay

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 275 ($US)

Sound

After replacing with a Helicore medium string set, it sounds beautifully. It is way better than the sound that I got from my old German made Joseph Guarneri

Sound Rating: 9

Setup

The fiddle has stunningly beautiful wood work. It is well made, well balanced. The bow is of good quality, plays well but a bit on the heavy side. May be because I am used to a carbon fiber bow. The only thing that I need to make it sing is to replace the strings.

Setup Rating: 9

Appearance

The fiddle has very beautiful maple back and European spruce top. With it I can really laugh at my friends who spent several thousands dollar more for their violin.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

It seems like a very well made instrument. I think it will last but that is just a subjective feeling. So far so good though.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

The company representative is very responsive to my concern of the purchase. He replied to my email question within a day when I was asking about the sound and quality of the instrument.

Customer Service: 10

Components

I think the strings could be better. But for me that is not a problem since I have my own set of preference and would likely change it any way. The bridge setup and sound post are pretty ok. The violin is very easy to play compared to my old Guarneri that was professionally setup by luthier David French of Massachussets. The more that I play, the more I like it.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I love the instrument the moment I saw it for the first time. It is more beautiful than I could imagine. The most important thing is that it sounds as beautiful as it looks. I really don't see the reason for spending on another instrument that costs many thousands dollars when you can get one like this. This violin really changed my attitude toward Chinese violins, I believe you can get a lot of for your money from these violins. Now I just wish the company carries a Guarneri Il Cannon 1743 which I am planning to buy.

Overall Rating: 10

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