Overall an excellent buy, 1/2 size violin for a 7 year old beginner. Tone is excellent after changing the original strings for Perlon core string set. Spent four hours fitting the bridge and pegs. Pegs were not fitted, and violin came with two unfitted bridges. Plan on spending some set up time or find someone that knows how to fit the instrument. Original chin rest (over the tail piece type) was way too tall for a 7 year old. Replaced chin rest with a shorter style (beside the tail piece type). Wooden bow that came with the set is acceptable for a student, with real horsehair. Case is foam core with zipper nylon shell and flocked interior; attractive enough, light weight, with back pack style shoulder straps on the bottom. Came with a plastic and rubber shoulder rest that fits acceptably. Sound post was properly positioned and violin body has good glue joints. Again, the tone after fitting and string replacement is excellent for a student violin.