When I'm looking at a violin, I like an instrument with a very dark and warm sound, almost like a viola. That's one of the characteristics you'll find in the Regina Carter Violin Collection and one that I really like. These violins project really well, so in a band setting, I'll use a microphone that's overhead, giving the sound a chance to travel from the instrument to the microphone. With these instruments, I can play as soft as I want or as loud as I want. I don't have to worry about digging in or worry about the band playing too loud. If I'm playing with an orchestra, I know these violins will carry and project into the audience with ease."