You would have to play really, really hard up here to ever sweat playing a fiddle this far north. Can’t imagine how my fiddle would react to that humidity down there. Folks probably have trouble with the seams separating too down there….
I had a carbon fiber fiddle for a while. It was nice, and played well, but I couldn’t get much volume out of it. I haven’t tried any of those $6-7K and up CF fiddles, but I am sure some of them are very good instruments. But, are they better than a $1.5K-4K wood fiddle? How about a $5K-10K wood fiddle? Those would both be huge hurdles to overcome in my mind.
Started saving some loose change for a Glasser. They have a pretty fair reputation so…? Mr. Cleveland’s comments did comvince me to consider it even though it wasn’t a Glasser that he was using. Want to try an electric type too as Jo A Ram does some fine work with one of those too.
The good dealers have a money back, or exchange policy for if you aren’t happy with it. That is really a great option to be able to play a fiddle for a month, and if you don’t like it you can try another one or get your money back. Yes, it’s all done by shipping through courier.
I have a 5 string acoustic Glasser CF fiddle/bow combo. Got it from Fiddlershop a couple of years ago. It sounds okay. Currently, it’s needing new strings as the old ones are starting to sound a bit dull. To me, it doesn’t have the projection that it needs. I purchased it a couple of years ago, so it’d last longer in the Florida Humidity when playing outside. The folks at the jam session said they couldn’t hear it as well as they could my 4 string wooden one, which honestly, it might be for the best so I don’t overpower the other instruments.
It seems to handle pretty good, and it feels good in my hand. It’d probably sound better if I’d change the strings out already LOL