This cello will do just fine.
A student recently received this cello, and I have to say I was surprised by the quality for this price. I mean, it's not one I would recommend for an advanced student, but for your average public school orchestra student it will do just fine. The instrument itself seems to be of good quality, and sounds pretty decent. The pegs, while of good materials, are not drilled well - the string holes are too small for the standard replacement string I use - had to enlarge the hole in one already. I have found this to be pretty common in "cheap" instruments, not sure why. The bow is of pretty poor quality - I have seen enough of these bows to know that it will likely warp or break soon. Already the hair tension isn't right - the stick looks overtight even when the hair is only barely tight enough to use. When that happens I will recommend replacing instead of repairing. Last thing: don't follow the sizing listed here: "youth, teen, adult" is NOT an accurate assessment of the correct size instrument. Ask your teacher. With very few exceptions, even my middle school students all use full-size cellos. Overall, this cello is definitely playable, and most importantly is allowing this student to own her own cello when she would not otherwise have been able to do so due to cost.
Too early to tell...
I bought this for my daughter who asked professional musician friends to evaluate it. They concurred that it was an adequate to good beginner's violin, and felt it was worth what I paid, but not more (in other words, it was not a $400 value). They also agreed that the strings needed to be replaced to improve the sound.
great little violin
We ordered this for our 6-year-old to start lessons and have been very pleased with it. Her instructor, who plays professionally for a metropolitan orchestra, has commented numerous times on its nice tone and was astonished when we told him it cost around $***. Let me point out, however, that he noted that the bridge would eventually need to be replaced because one of the strings is too far apart (this is not an expensive item and is easily switched out). It won't be an issue for us, he says, because our daughter will outgrow the violin by the time she is ready to practice that final string. Overall we are very happy with our purchase.
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