My daughter loves it....very light weight and easy for her to trek back and forth to school. She is 9 and just starting instrumental and her teacher seems to think it was an excellent choice. Over-all I would recommend this violin for first-time or beginners.
It's well made and was wrapped very carefully. My friend is very musical and I wanted to get him something unique. When I gave it to him, his sons who are also musically gifted adults wanted to play it too. cute gift.