Primo Violino Outfit Setup Explained
The Primo Violino line provides a far better quality alternative in beginner violins. And costs no more than other beginner instruments. .
What helps the Primo Violinos stand apart from others in the beginner range is the aesthetic touches. Unlike the typical plastic-like gloss finishes, the Primo Violino is finished in a smooth, satin and nicely antiqued finish. As an added bit of luxury, the Primo Violino "Fiddlestix" has a choice of two varnish colours.
The Primo Fiddlestix "Factory" option includes the setup as it comes to us from the makers in Beijing.
The instruments are definitely playable and make suitable first instruments. But a very picky violin teacher (such as Rhiannon) will see that the fine settings are not perfect and much like what you get from a rental violin.
Many beginner players on a budget are completely content with this as they intend to upgrade when the instrument is outgrown or they have saved up for an upgrade.
In a nutshell, this option doesn't promise huge results, but is really affordable and gets a player going.
Our Primo Etude model sees at least 2 hours of detailed luthier work. The whole violin is looked over and adjusted to the ideal measurements.
At least one hour of work goes into thinning and adjusting the bridge alone. The arch and string height is set to exact luthier measurements, making both left hand fingering and right hand string crossing easier.
Intricate carving and sanding sees the finer adjustments to the stenciled sections completed.
The net effect is a more refined looking bridge and greatly improved tone as wood is removed from key points.
Strings breathe life into an instrument. Combined with proper bridge setup, this is what makes the biggest improvement to a violin's sound.
We use and highly recommend Corelli Crystal strings by Savarez, made in France. Where the stock factory strings are thin metal wire-- the Crystal strings consist of a specialy formulated stabilon nylon (simulated gut) core and thickly wound with aluminum and steel.
This heavier, thicker string made from higher grade materials produces a far warmer, fuller and richer tone.
These strings are quite comparable to Thomastik Dominants, an industry standard string made in Germany. But we think the Crystals are a far more affordable and similar alternative. Customers may request Dominant strings for an additional charge.
Pegs & Peg Box
The pegs are shaped as to rest just inside the peg box: not sunk in too far and not jutting out the box. They are also lubricated as to turn smoothly, making peg tuning far easier.
The string holes in the pegs are delicately carved to allow the string to set into the wood. Also, if needed, the string holes in the pegs are re-drilled as to make wrapping the string and tuning more effective.
Sometimes the wider gauge string requires more room in the peg box to wrap around the peg. The peg box is carved and restained to accomodate thicker strings.
Fingerboard and Neck
The fingerboard is shaped for best settings in several places: relief, projection and string spacing. The side of the fingerboard and back of the neck is also gently filed and sanded, as needed, making the surface smooth under the hands. This makes for smoother shifting and less edges to catch on. And it just feels better in the hand.
The nut has the grooves spaced, lubricated and filed appropriately. The strings will not catch in the grooves and this eliminates premature string breakage.
Any varnish flaws are touched up where possible. Any other settings requiring tweaking are addressed, within the confines of a student grade instrument, of course.
Finally the violin, fittings and even the bow are polished. The bow is rosined so you can tighten it up and play right away.
[Note: We rosin all bows we sell, regardless of the setup]
Any other questions on the setup, please contact us.