I played the violins for my friend's daughter and was amazed with the 907.
This violin gives such returns back to the player. It was night and day from my violin I have had my whole professional career for the last 40-plus years.
We did a blind comparison and didn't even know which model was which but we could tell the difference between them and the top one was obvious.
I'm sold. I want a 909 now.
[UPDATE: 4 weeks later] I absolutely love one of the [909 violins]. I'm getting one of them for sure.
[Upon hearing his mother paid for the violin as a surprise] My mom - bless her - incredible! She's clever, that one. I had no idea!
Amazing! Big thanks to you for making this all happen!
With this violin my daughter's playing has notably improved, and it takes far less cajoling to get her to practice.
Your violins arrived on our doorstep today! Thanks so much. They arrived in perfect condition.
Don MacDonald [a professional violinist and film composer] is going to swing by and help us tune them up, and give each one a wee test drive, before we do the "big reveal" with my daughter Caitlin this evening. She still has no clue that all this is happening. We'll keep you posted. So exciting.
Certainly was more than I'd budgeted for, but it's hard to argue with the difference in quality and sound, when the instruments are played side by side.
Don, by the way, was so blown away that he is now on a mission to find a new violin. He thought the 907 he tried today was a finer instrument than the one he has been playing for the last four decades. Expect to hear from him soon...
Thanks so much, again, Rhiannon. It's been such a pleasure doing this with you. You've been so responsive, so thorough, and so patient.
We couldn't be happier with the violin, too! Hopefully we get to meet you in person sometime.
[Review: 2 weeks later] My daughter had outgrown her student violin, and was in need of a significant upgrade. A trusted friend (who happens to be a professional violinist and composer) recommended we check out Fiddleheads.
Although a bit nervous and skeptical about purchasing a violin online, my concerns were immediately allayed after my first conversation with Rhiannon.
It was clear that her priority was ensuring that my daughter got matched with the right instrument, and she went to great lengths to understand what "the right instrument" meant to us.
She was informative, patient, understanding, and extremely timely and responsive to our many questions, over the course of [a phone and some email] conversations.
She ultimately shipped us three different violins to trial, all of which met our criteria, and all well within the price range we'd discussed. (The shipping was surprisingly hassle-free and quick.)
We ultimately settled on a Zhu 907, having been blown away by the instrument's richness of tone, warmth, and playability.
Rhiannon's expert efforts in setting up the violin prior to them being shipped out were immediately obvious, as the violin came "out of the box" performance-ready.
Since acquiring the instrument, my daughter's playing has notably improved, and it takes far less cajoling to get her to practice.
We are so grateful for the incredible service Rhiannon provided us, and thank her deeply for the joy this new instrument is bringing all of us.
I recommend her services 100%.
I'm looking forward to spending a great deal of time with this new instrument. It is lovely! I greatly appreciate the service and your efforts to make everything just right for me!
Thank you for your response regarding my concerns about the imperfections on the fiddle finish. Overall, I am very happy with the fiddle and do not think my concerns are worth making an exchange.
I have enjoyed playing it and find the quality of the instrument and the sound a big improvement over my first instrument. I greatly appreciate your offer to 'make things right', but honestly, I don't think any of the glitches were because of anything you did! The post office messed up, the bling was sent (I just didn't look hard enough), and the quality of the violin isn't affected by the [small surface] marks.
So all of this to say, I would like to proceed with the purchase. I guess my next step is to consider a bow upgrade!
Thanks again for your care and support throughout this transaction. I'll definitely send recommendations your way!
[REVIEW: Google, 5 stars] Dealing with Rhiannon has been an excellent experience from start to finish. She was quick to respond to messages, and to make sure there was nothing more that she could do for me to make sure I was happy with my purchase.
My violin arrived extremely well packaged and it's lovely!
Wow it looks amazing! I've been looking online for a violin for the past few weeks, and have been frustrated because I couldn't find one I liked, the VN 102 is hands down the nicest looking one I've seen that fits my budget! I'm a beginner, but I want to get a violin that I can still use when I am at an intermediate level.
I must have looked at over 50 violin shops during the past few weeks, I wish I found yours earlier. Other violins I found within this price range look rather cheap, I can tell the VN102 is of very high quality - I had been thinking I'd need to spend at least [double this price] to get a violin that suits my preferences!
You've answered all my questions and concerns in great detail. I'm learning so many interesting things about violin playing/violins everyday!
The more I learn, the more I love this violin.
I'm a pretty anxious person when buying things, adulting is hard! It was so much simpler when I was a kid - my mom just picked out my piano, guitar and clarinet. I'm so excited to start this journey, I've wanted to play a bowed string instrument for a long time.
Thank you so much for all your help! I've emailed many shops and none of them have shown the attention, diligence, and friendliness that you have (some don't even reply). I am glad I did a lot of research, otherwise I would have just purchased from Long and Mcquade instead of a proper violin shop.
[UPDATE: 1 week later, Google 5-star Review] Best customer service ever! I was blown away by Rhiannon's attentiveness and kindness, I will definitely be recommending Fiddleheads to anyone looking for a violin/violin gear.
Thanks for getting these to me Rhiannon! They all look great, although the Scarlatta looks the best. I've played them all for a few minutes each and definitely feel the "upgrade" in quality from my old heirloom.
This will be fun to get to know these beautiful instruments.
I'm sure it will be tough to decide which is best! Will keep working with them this week and my teacher is going to get a chance to try them as well.
[UPDATE: 1 day later] I'm into playing them and really enjoying comparing combinations of bows and violins. Early impressions are that the Scarlatta and Seraphina are head and shoulders above the VN 102 sound quality and feel.
The Seraphina is feeling very warm and rich sounding.
The Scarlatta a little brighter.
I know the strings have to come along yet so in no hurry to make a decision yet.
I am finding the lower tones on the Seraphina very attractive and the Scarlatta slightly superior in the higher tones and appearance.
Interestingly, my instructor did a "blind" test of the three you sent me, not knowing which was the more expensive or names and she had a very similar feel for them.
After playing it for the last few days, I just find it sweeter and more even in its tone than either the Seraphina or the Scarlatta.
And of course I will keep the [deluxe] case.
Thanks so much for your patience and this has been a great process to work through.
I'll definitely write up a positive review for you and Fiddleheads!
I wanted a violin with a sort of grungy quality, or as they would call it in Japan, wabi-sabi, to match my old guitar. If only I wasn't fixated on a genuinely old and worn-looking instrument I'm sure I would have gone with an excellent one from you and at a very good price. Obviously I'm just not in synch with the aesthetic sensibility of the violin world! My dilemma seems to be that my aesthetic preference seems to be in reverse order of tone quality!
I found an old instrument at [competitor] that I felt a real affinity for the minute I laid eyes on it. And that feeling was only strengthened when I heard it played (for what that's worth given the inexperience of my ears).
The only drawback to an otherwise happy ending is that I wasn't able to help support your business. You were so generous with your time and a real pleasure to deal with and I'm very appreciative.
Perhaps someday my instrumental inclinations will shift and I'll want something more along the lines of the pristine instruments you're offering and if so I'll certainly be in touch. With thanks for all your help and best wishes for a speedy end, both to the tribulations we're all facing and to the challenges that are more personal.
[REVIEW: Google, 5 stars] I approached Rhiannon as a complete beginner, knowing almost nothing about violins (though being a lifelong guitar player).
We worked through a number of options as she gradually became more aware of my inclinations and needs, at each stage demonstrating her wealth of knowledge and, more importantly, her commitment to finding the perfect instrument for me.
I was constantly delighted with the generosity and patience Rhiannon showed throughout, going to great lengths to understand exactly what I wanted (even though, at times, it was a moving target!) and explaining the pros and cons of all the possibilities.
In the end I decided that, for personal and not entirely logical or sensible reasons, I wanted an antique instrument which unfortunately forced me to look elsewhere but for someone who doesn't have that same desire I can wholeheartedly recommend Rhiannon and if at some point in the future I'm looking for a fine and new instrument I would return to Rhiannon with confidence and pleasure.
The violin has made it safe and sound, and is she ever a beauty. Oh my goodness. I am beyond excited.
Absolutely thrilled with my new Bellissimas "Donna" violin, from Fiddleheads Violin Studio. She resonates so big and warm. It is quite an upgrade for me and am looking forward to aging beautifully with it.
I'm also still a beginner and felt crazy for wanting such a pricey item. I'm [had been] playing on a really cheap "Zev," so [was] excited to hear a nicer instrument. It makes my old one seem like a toy! I'm very happy with my decision and am really excited.
Thanks for helping me make it happen.
[REVIEW: Google, 5 stars] Happy I chose Fiddleheads Violin Studio in beautiful British Colimbia, to upgrade my violin.
Rhiannon was a pleasure to deal with, and helped me get the violin I wanted, into my hands.
Professionally packed, the instrument made it safe and sound in the mail.
I highly recommend.
We got the violins - thanks! We are looking forward to learning.
I appreciate your help with this and your offer of future help. It was just what I needed.
I am looking forward to this adventure.
I hope that some of my grandfather's violin skills get passed along. My other grandfather was a chess grandmaster- which is another skill I am trying to learn!
Glad as a neophyte I trusted Rhiannon and this process - She provided many choices and was respectful of my budget
Thanks for your kind & encouraging emails, checking in & providing so many choices.... it's a bit strange to pick something that "feels" right, virtually... and yet I think that's a reality in this strange state of the universe right now.
[There's been] much discussion & debate around here... mostly me: thrifty and self doubt side (it's definitely part mom/female piece of put everyone else first) vs my "I do like things well made & it's important to me that it feels nice and sounds good and if I successfully learn to play, it will be with me for a lifetime." I knit with high quality wool so I can enjoy the tactile feel of knitting & the finished item.
I am feeling like a kid waiting Christmas morning.
[UPDATE: 1 week later] Just confirming I did receive my instrument! Now let the learning to begin - sharp learning curve right off the bat with applying rosin to the bow to get a sound.
Once I figured that out, the four notes sounded lovely. So much to learn. Looking forward to it.
Thanks again for all your help through this process. Wish me luck with the learning. Good luck on the new website.
[REVIEW] In these strange COVID times & having just completed a Masters degree, I decided it was time to learn fiddle.
Purchasing a fiddle & learning to play was my self- promised reward for getting through the school work.
I knew nothing about purchasing a fiddle. I found Rhiannon to be kind and welcoming of my neophyte status. She provided many choices (complete with pictures) and was respectful of my budget.
I was so excited to know my fiddle was on its way. I have now started lessons, which i find joyful. I can play two songs & I look forward to learning so many more.
Thanks very much for your service. I have researched you and your company [Rhiannon] and you are obviously quite reputable as a musician and business owner!
I am also a performing musician, music teacher and during the day, I work at the local Long and McQuade music store here in London. Nice to have recognition from someone as accomplished as yourself.
If anyone I know needs this type of product, I will be sure to recommend you! Thanks for everything.
I've taken the fine tuners off the G, D and A strings as I'm a bit of a traditionalist, and tuning is not an issue. Pegs work fine.
Just letting you know that things are progressing slowly, but not discouraged as its fun to learn new things.