The strings were loose and could not be tightened. Had to take it to a music shop to fix this. The bow was also very loosely strung and would not play on the violin. Tried to also get that fixed and had to buy a new bow. I would not purchase this again or recommend it. I got the yellow and it is very pretty but basically non-functional unless you just want to pluck the strings.
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.
It is a fine violin and perfect for my 9 year old granddaughters first violin to see if she likes it. But certainly is not the quality of an instrument you would use for a long period of time. Perfect for a beginner.
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