Okay, the strings weren't good, but anybody would want to get the right strings for their style anyway, I bought "fiddle" strings for mine. The rosin was old, but duh it's overstock.com, not newly minted.com. The bow could easily be warped when you get it, mine wasn't, but that and the rosin is probably the first thing you should replace anyway, a better bow with high quality rosin, on better strings makes the entire instrument sound so much better, it's like a much higher cost instrument. People that expect such a low priced instrument to sound like a Stradivari original should think again, while looking at the price tag. Dollar for dollar, you get more than your money's worth. Of course some snooty violin teacher will tell you it's not too good, it isn't in the realm of violins, it's a basic beginner instrument. The changes needed like strings, bows and rosin will be needed on any lower end instrument, violin or otherwise. Think of it as an opportunity to tailor the instrument to the player, and their style. Any violin under a thousand dollars is going to have something or another to find fault with. The only question that need be answered is did you good value for what you paid. I'd have to say yes, and then some.
- How accurate was the sizing? Right on the money.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Okay, the one I got was bit old, the strings needed replaced right away, and the rosin was old. The bow was okay... for a low end instrument, but I wore out the hair quickly, so had to get another, this time opting for one where the hairs can be replaced rather than the whole thing, still, it's reasonable in price.
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Other than stated above, it's an okay violin. No great shakes, but better than the price suggests.