$100k Titanium Violin Review: Is It Worth It?

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If you want to geek out on how this violin was made, read this description I received from Andy:

“The number one problem when working with titanium is it reacts with the oxygen in air anytime it is over 800 degrees F. The reaction will make the titanium brittle and cause the weld and heat affected zone to crack and discolor. Anytime the titanium is over 800 F it has to be “shielded” from the atmosphere with an inert gas, this is usually argon. (side note, other metals like steel have to be shielded too when welding, but nowhere remotely like titanium) The TIG welding process (Tungsten Inert Gas) is fairly commonly used for several different types of metals. It has a cup around the welding electrode that has argon flowing when welding to shield the welding area. This process is slightly modified for titanium welding. A substantially larger cup is used to shield a larger area and then a 2ndargon line has to be set up to cover the back side of the welded area with argon. 

If you want to bend steel, you can just heat it up with a torch and bend it into shape. With titanium the reaction with oxygen doesn’t let you do that. You have to either cold form bends or have to put the entire violin in a sealed box with a window to see and sealed glove holes, then purge the box with argon, then can make bends that involve heat. 

This titanium oxidizing reaction is where the colors come from. It is not a paint, it is not a pigment. The entire building process is working to prevent any coloration from showing up, the violin is all a silver color at the end of the build process. Then the final step is to intentionally cause a thin oxide layer. The layer is made by heating up areas of the violin body with a torch and letting it react with the oxygen in the air. The goal is a microscopic thick layer of oxide, this layer acts as a prism refracting light. Depending on how thick the layer is, it will refract different wavelengths of light, this is where the perceived color comes from.”

ROB LANDES is an award-winning violinist who started playing the violin at 3 years in Orem, Utah. Born to a large musical family, Rob gave his first solo recital at 10 years old, performed in the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on the Disney Channel with the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, and founded a piano trio that performed actively throughout his teenage years. Rob has won first prize at numerous music competitions and has soloed with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, BYU Philharmonic, and BYU Chamber Orchestra. As a first violinist of the BYU Chamber Orchestra, Rob performed in more than twenty cities throughout central and southern Europe, and as concertmaster of the orchestra, gave a concert to a sold-out audience in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Rob was awarded full scholarships to attend Brigham Young University and Rice University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Music and Master’s in Music, respectively. While studying at Rice, Rob began covering rock and pop music, and upon returning to Salt Lake City after graduation, began playing with a looper pedal which he uses to create intricate and stunning arrangements of today and yesterday’s most popular music Rob recently won the award for “Best Instrumental” at the Utah Music Awards for his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

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Comments

omichael tmichael says:

do a drop test

Casey S says:

Is it WORTH $100K?? Sure, to whoever wanted to pay it. That’s how markets work. However, I can tell you that in my 12 years of fabricating aircraft parts out of just about every kind of metal out there (including titanium). There is no way that this should cost $100K to MAKE. This is about a $2500 part to cut, form and weld. The welds by the way are some of the WORST i have ever seen. Definitely would never pass for aircraft quality. By it certainly holds that violin together just fine.

Cheyenne Wiese says:

The Titanium violin sounds very interesting but I think you can’t play classical music on it .that sounds bad

Mark Terrano says:

Titanium is interesting and lovely – but the wood is so much more pleasing to listen to.

u happy now? says:

U SHOULD TRY PLAYING A FIVE STRING VIOLIN

Dylan Shepard says:

YOO! that violin is LITT AF.P.S ca u PLEASE! make tutorials for the songs you can play because i hope to be a skilled as you one day

Youssef Alowlh says:

completely no worth it

Marty Higgins says:

I Have Only discovered your channel Last year…..IT WAS THE BEST CHANNEL I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS you inspire me to continue my music and never give it up . I play the violin too! I LOVE your titanium “on a tianium violin ” it was so good . i hope that some day i can be an outstanding violinist like you!

Devansh Choudhary says:

Dance Macabre cover please!!!!!!!!

Marcus L says:

It looks heavy and cumbersome T.T

mlp2be4ever says:

Yeah, a titanium violin that you bought for less than a million dollars is worth it.

Suchada Muenchaisit says:

I love sound of a wood one, but I think a titanium one very suit to rock music.

Swaggerdagger 606 says:

I think the titanium violin sounds like really bold and strong and so I personally think the titanium violin should be used for the pop songs played while the wood violin has this nice ring and echo to it that makes the classical music sound the best on it since it gives a nostalgic feeling to it. Btw I am a violist.

Leonard Wallstein says:

No. Not even a little bit. Get on and save 99% of the money and only lose like 5% of tonal quality.

UTLonghornPistol says:

100k.. the separation of the sheets is really disappointing.. you shouldn’t have to wear a bandaid to play it. The craftsmanship is kinda’f a letdown. I have to disagree with you from my listening of this youtube video and not IRL; the titanium violin speaks within and not without. The projection is very stifled vs the wood violins.

Lexi K says:

400th like xD

Bardia Graphics™ says:

This will never get pinned.

František Smetana says:

Your bow hand look like chicken leg.

Lea Edwards says:

It sounds nice, I don’t think it’s $100k worth of nice… and I think for that price and a year of work I’d expect the finish to be better and not cutting your hands up!

Rainbow Unicorn says:

Is the titanium heavier than a normal wooden violin?

shadrapala006 says:

A Metal $100,000 violin..?? NOT A Chance In “L”..But What I Would Like to See & Hear Would Be An Carbon Fiber Violin..I’ve See & Heard Guitars Made From It…Not As good As Old Fashioned Wood..But Interesting Nevertheless..

BlueEmerald12 12 says:

Awesome!!

mlp2be4ever says:

The wooden one, of course, has a more classical and resonante noise, but the titanium violin is good for more pop or rock. I have a wooden one, and I, personally, like wooden better.

Final Spark Lux says:

I think it’s worth it if it makes you happy and you have the money to buy it without bankrupting yourself. Looks like they could have cleaned up those welds a lot though.

chocoballss says:

so why didn’t you just extract the titanium from your blood and do it yourself

Tt55 K says:

Comparing a 100,000 dollar instrument to a 1500 dollar one does not seem like a fair comparison. The titanium violin to me I find that it could give me a headache if listening for too long , where a 100,000 dollar traditional violin would be blissful to my being especially if tuned to 432 hertz rather than 440 .

Sergei Rachmaninoff says:

Believe it or not but I think the metal violin sounds… metallic…

kawaii :3 wolfpolly says:

I love the violin I have lessons at school and practice 30 mins a day at home

Sven Schumacher says:

I don’t like the sound of the Titan violin at all. With certain tones it sounds cheap and tinny.

MDDG says:

Rob check this out! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YL-8zxvuuyE I hope you can play also with an iced violin

TechGreedyShows says:

Does any one know the name song in TEST 2 ?

Barton Reggie says:

Perfer the $15 violin, hands down. The difference is most notable to me is on the detache notes. I don’t think anyone violin fits all the different music I play… it could have it’s place with the right piece of music.
But then I could probably find a traditionally made violin that suites my needs

EternalRecursion says:

The tonal quality of the titanium violin is like a special effect. It can be used for certain things to get an edgy metallic sound if that’s what you want. In my opinion, the raw sound is unpleasant, lacking the overtones that make a good violin sound so rich and vibrant, but in one of the other videos, you have it processed and it sounds like an electric instrument with effects processing. You can decide whether its uniqueness is worth $100,000, but if you want it for performance, why not purchase a good electric violin for a few thousand dollars, that doesn’t have the playing shortcomings (tearing your skin, certain techniques not possible), and build yourself an effects rig that includes a ring modulator, a flanger, and/or a multi-band harmonizer, all of which allow you to create the metallic edgy sounds.

Then, I’m sure you must have one already, but there are brand new traditional violins that can be had for $25,000 or $30,000 that sound absolutely amazing and will only get better with age.

Dave Anderson says:

Send it back to get finished.

Tennantsforever says:

For sure it’s a beautiful, interesting instrument, but I wouldn’t exchange my cheap, wooden violin for it. I just prefer the traditional sound 🙂 I’m curious how the soul looks like? It’s also made from titanium?

Detlef Mayer says:

Did Lindsey Stirling played THIS Violin?

Ariella Zeitlin Music אריאלה צייטלין says:

Man, i prefer just rgular old violins, all the electronic/metal/glass/3d print ones sound totally the same

The Chicopico says:

Says violin costs about $1.5k title says $100k I lv clickbait

Andreas Curic says:

wood

Ryan Locke says:

The wooden violin sounds much better than the titanium one. Give the guy his metal fiddle back and stick with the real thing!

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