Violins are aimed at classical players and then secondly folk players. No good for any of that this violin is unexpectedly perfect for recording in the metal arena especially if you follow Kerry King of Slayer intention that the guitar is supposed to sound like anguished souls in hell.
SteveArmourae, on august 27, 2014 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Price paid: £ 30
Features: Maybe the biggest selling violin in the world is the Parrot brand from China. It's amongst the cheapest alongside the Lark and Stagg brands. Consisting of a carved spruce top, carved maple back and side with inlaid boxwood parts comes with solid plastic case and ebony frog brail bow. The wood is cheap probably cut from immature trees. Bridge is one of the cheaper ones that befits the violin. Pegs are made of plastic but do remain in tune. The lacquering on the body of the violin is too heavy and looks to be laid on without any thought. // 6
Sound: If you want to torture children get them to learn violin playing on a Parrot! Other people seem to have found better examples but everyone that I've heard would have little Bethany having a breakdown as she struggles to get a tone out of one of these things and then years of therapy haunted by the violins out of tone screams.
It's a 10 for sound! Not for playing classical music but for making the shredding shrieks and unholy howls that death metal players can only dream of. Within seconds you sound like John Cale of The Velvet Underground at their most f--ked up glory. Screaming and cutting through sound comes naturally to this Devil's own fiddle. Get the engineer in the studio to multitrack your violin takes and then add effects to different tracks. You will obtain the purest death metal or extreme metal you will hear. Napalm Death and Man Is The Bastard will be small by comparison! Pure pain. Pure evil. Pure pleasure! // 10
Reliability & Durability: At around £30 you won't care much about durability. Think of those Strads worth millions. I've had no problems in terms of its durability: 30 years in my possession it looks as over lacquered and average as when I bought it. Tuning pegs hold the tuning better than my more expensive violins or my cellos. I have always relied on the violin for its outlandish and growling noise it makes. It plays like sawing wood and keeps in tune despite the bow being pushed hard on the strings. Fingerboard and all other aspects of the Parrot has not deteriorated with age or playing. // 9
Ease of Use: As a classical music instrument it plays terribly. When I started playing other violins my bow arm when flying off the violin as I was playing it with the same dragging force that the Parrot demanded. All other violins require a softer touch as the bow glides smoothly over the strings with little effort. But the heavy dragging caused by this violin makes it very tactile and permits a forceful and passionate performance that other violins would not withstand, by responding through string bending, warping the sound of the note being played. So terrible to play for classical but very easy for eerie noises and screeches. // 10
Overall Impression: Violins are aimed at classical players and then secondly folk players. No good for any of that this violin is unexpectedly perfect for recording in the metal arena especially if you follow Kerry King of Slayer intention that the guitar is supposed to sound like anguished souls in hell. The Parrot violin enables to fulfill your death metal imaginings without requiring extensive guitar skills or an expensive guitar. Just set the studio microphones by the violin and scrape away. Because of its unusual sonic properties I prefer this to the other violins in the price range namely Stagg and Lark. For classical playing I would jump to a higher price bracket but for metal I would replace it immediately with another Parrot. // 10