Recording a solo violin with a Zoom H4n

Over the weekend, a good friend helped me to record this video of a piece of unaccompanied solo violin music by J.S. Bach. Although he is an excellent sound engineer and producer with his own studio, we chose to record this piece with a very simple and compact recording device in his lounge. The piece of gear used was a Zoom H4n, handheld recording device which he then synced to the video using special software. I was particularly surprised that the sound quality attained was so good – it brought out not only the clarity of the violin but also some beautiful bass resonances which are often missing in violin recordings. When played back via a computer, I would find it very difficult to judge whether a studio recording with vastly more expensive gear would have given a better sound than this modest looking little device which is completely brilliant!!!