Instead of spending months trying to find a decent used violin at a flea market/thrift store, I spent the $50 or so on a new one. Every component on this violin is cheap, including: soundboard, back/sides,fingerboard, and tuners. Bridge is decent. Tuners are of low quality and require a little persuasion to stay in turn (stick with fine tuners for most of your tuning). Got this violin as something for my kids to beat on when they grow up. If you get this violin for a beginner, learning will be more difficult. All that being said, however, this is a good buy. You are not going to find a cheaper price for an entire kit: violin, bow, rosin, and case. Is $50 worth all this frustration? The simple answer is yes. Beginners can practice on this for a couple years and then splurge on a several thousand dollar violin when they become competent. And because they've been playing on such poor quality, that high end model will feel and sound that much sweeter
How accurate was the sizing? Accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Low quality, but worth the price
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Tuners are not tight, making adjustment difficult
I tried to amend a review I wrote when the product was first received, but apparently you can't do that. While the instrument initially appeared to be acceptable (after a trip to the repair shop to have it set up - something that an instrument from a reputable music company would NOT have to have done), I now feel that I would not recommend this instrument. After less than a year from the time of purchase, most of the fine tuners do not work, which is a minor annoyance turned major since they are built into the tailpiece and can't be cheaply and easily replaced. But the biggest concern is that it developed a very large crack in the top and is back in the repair shop. This repair involves taking the top off of the cello and carefully gluing finely measured bits of wood over the crack on the inside to close it up. This is an extensive and time-consuming repair which is costing the student several hundred dollars. All that money spent and the cello will still sound like a $$$ cello ...
We bought this product from overstock, since our daughter was eager to play. The violin arrived, and at first it looked, and sounded great. However, after one day of playing, it would no longer stay in tune! The tuning dowels are loose, and stay that way. When you try to tighten the strings, they immediately untighten themselves before your eyes. Now we have to take this in to get looked at by a professional, to see if it can be helped. This violin now has been sitting in it's case for over a month because it is unplayable! Daughter is complaining for another violin, one that she can play. I wish now we had of bought locally, and invested a little more into a better product. This product is junk. Save your money, because mine went OUT the window on this instrument they claim is a violin. Very unsatisfied!!!
How accurate was the sizing? ok
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Very poor
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? No
i had read many review before i placed my order. I had rented musical instruments in the past and weighed up the pro's and cons for buying and renting....but i decided to buy for what you are spending you are getting better than what you would expect, but then again you dont want to spend too much money on an instrument that a 5th grader is going to play...I will upgrade in the near future but for now very satisfied with my purchase and complaints, excellent value for what i spent.
It does not mention in the description but it does come with resin.
How accurate was the sizing? very accurate on the sizing
Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent quality for the money
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? defect free