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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
Amazing, for the price.
By horny teletubby
This instrument is a real steal for the price. I received it at the promised time, which was great. Keep in mind to this review that I'm a beginning player, just with an ear and eye for detail. Now to the actual instrument:
- Sounds alright, doesn't sound extremely bright or dark. Doesn't sound extremely shrill and piercing(in a bad way) like some student instruments I've heard.
-Pegs were not fit to the peg box, I had to push them in quite a bit just to get them to stay when I first tuned it. I didn't put rosin dust or peg drops on them.
-Scroll was sloppily carved, very messy and rough. Won't affect the sound quality, though.
-Pegs, fingerboard, and chinrest seem to be real ebony, I even filed an extremely tiny corner of both the the fingerboard and chinrest to confirm it(barely filed anything though, it's basically unnoticeable).
-Bridge seems slightly thicker than most I've seen.
-The tailpiece allows use of ball or loop end strings.
-Soundpost isn't properly fitted, it's too long
-They both worked fine, but were slightly different
-Had a darker varnish than the other, which I liked
-Had a slightly sweeter tone than that other
-Heavier than the other
-Screw was easier to turn
-Slightly warped, but hardly noticeable
-Had a more even, velvet tone than the other
-Screw is a bit difficult to turn, but still able to the turned
-Ever so slightly lighter than the other
-Since I've heard and read many reviews saying that the rosin is terrible, I just bought Pirastro Goldflex and didn't use the one that came with the violin.
-Came cracked with the box dusty, much dustier than shown in the picture
-Haven't used it yet, I've been using my old universal tuner
-No don't do 420 blaze it, it's 440 tune it, you silly person
-Extremely small and uncomfortable
-Cushion is so stiff, not even really a cushion
-Just get a better shoulder rest. A Wolf or Everest would be so much better to use than this thing.
-Will protect the instrument just fine, not sure if they always have the same color inside, but the one I received has such a pretty, dark teal.
-Sound okay when open, but very muted when fingering. I replaced them with a set of D'addario Preludes, they sound so much fuller, warmer, and project better.
-Extra bridge might come in handy someday, as of now I just keep it in my case.
All in all, a great product, especially for the price. If you can't afford a better instrument, this is an amazing violin to get. It's really meeting my needs for my first violin. I haven't asked a professional or teacher about their thoughts yet, but it seems a lot better than some instruments I've seen my friends in orchestra playing on. I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase.
A few recommendations, only for comfort and instrument care:
-Get a better shoulder rest
-Put new strings on it, a cheap set of D'addario Prelude strings should do, Dominants would be even better if you have the budget. Infeld Reds sound great on it but the g sounds a bit unclear after a few months of use on them.
-Get an instrument cleaning cloth, you'll need to clean your instrument and strings of rosin dust after each play session to prevent it from sticking to the strings and varnish.
I highly recommend this to the beginner violinist on a budget. Great purchase, satisfied!
Edit: (7 months later)
I have tried this violin with several strings, qnd the E string seems to sound great no matter what. A tone qualities gold plated E strings seem to really suit it. It sounds fine with vibrato, but the G string sounds quite muffled in higher positions. I took the fine tuners off of the G,D, and A strings which made me really notice that the pegs arent properly fit to the pegbox. It's nothing too major though and can probably be fixed with peg compound, which I will be trying soon(I'll post my results when I try it). The D and A strings sound about average for a student violin in higher positions, nothing special. Still a great instrument for the price: perfectly responsive, decent tone except for the E string, because that string sounds very sweet, brilliant, and has the perfect amount of ring nearly no matter what. I am no longer using the bow that came with it, which did improve literally everything that involves the bow. The instrument seems to be warming up ever so slightly, which I am elated about.
Edit(11 months later)
-Peg Compound fixed most peg issues, I removed the fine tuners on g, d, and a and It takes me about 10-15 seconds to tune it when it isnt perfect.
- I've gotten a teacher, and she said that I have, "a really nice violin." She doesn't know I bought it from amazon, but she has heard it being played and has played it a bit and said that it sounds very good. It's still very responsive, and a better set of strings really brings out it's good qualities. I have a set of Infeld Reds on it right now, and the only bad thing is the lack of clarity on the g string. That may just be because of my strings being near due a change.
-I'm using a different bow and rosin, and the quality makes it much easier to play.
-in 3 months(It's currently the end of October 2016, my audition is in late January 2017) I'm going to audition for a high school CTA(Career and Technical Academy) and major in orchestra using this violin. Once that happens I'll post another edit if any of the feedback I get is relevant to the product.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Great beginning/intermediate violin!
By Caitlin McConnell
I am a music teacher. I see a lot of interesting violins come in and out of my classroom. I am not originally a violinist but I needed one since for the first year I had students using all of my school instruments. This is a great starting/intermediate instrument. It holds the strings well, has a great tone, has beautiful staining, and is put together nicely.
I looked at a lot of reviews while searching for the violin that was best suited for me. I am not going to any professional orchestras or symphonies with this instrument. The reviews I found to be 4's or lower seemed to be looking for a professional instrument, which this is not. It is however, great instrument for the average, non-professional individual. If I wanted to get super picky I could, but only because I am a professional and know what to look for in instruments.
This is a great instrument at a great price. I highly recommend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful. See all 356 customer reviews...
Excellent for a beginner or for someone that hasn't played in a long time.
By Sarah Herr
I played the violin for 14 years and then one day decided to stop playing. (That was super dumb of me, but I was young.) I haven't played in years and decided to get back into it! This violin would definitely be perfect for a beginner. Also, good for someone picking up the violin again that hasn't played in years. :)
The strings had a horrible sound to them so I got rid of them and replaced them with a more expensive set and it has made the violin sound a TON better!!
I was having problems with the violin staying tuned and have noticed with the weather constantly changing from hot to cold it has been making the pegs stick or become loose. Violin pegs are known to change due to climate changes. I found my old violin case which has a dehumidifier in it and changed violin cases. Since I've done that I really haven't had any problems with the pegs.
I did purchase new rosin also. I am not saying the rosin that comes with the violin is bad but, I have always been picky with rosin and just bought the one that I am more comfortable with.
The tuner is good!! It even came with batteries!! I was very happy about that!!
For the price that you pay for this violin I'd say it is totally worth it.