As a beginner, I have hunted any and all online violins here on Amazon within my lower price range. First, it was between a Mendini 300 and the Cecilio CVN-200. After watching videos and reading reviews, Mendini seemed to be the hit or miss violin, and I decided not to take that risk. It was then the 200, right?
Wrong. I decided to compare the 200 and 300 at a last second doubt before purchasing. The tones are richer in the 300, but the 200 is significantly lighter if it is a deciding factor to you. The price really is great for the quality of this violin. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for, you won't sound like Lindsey Stirling with whats in here, unless you are a prodigy of a sort.
Now, if you are concerned with the value of the bundle portion of the purchase, that's where I docked a star off. Most of the additional items included were doubted automatically, and sadly were right. The tuner gave up within 5 minutes, and even with a switch of the provided batteries to more reliable ones, it never turned on again. The shoulder rest is very stiff, and to my personal judgement, not worth the bother of using. The rosin was a nightmare! It was stiff, and even after filing it down, did little to provide constant and reliable sound. Someone with more experience might know the trick to getting this to work, but there was no such luck for myself. On my violin, I was actually provided a D string for an A, but that might be due to me purchasing a used violin. As for the lesson book and DVD, I never got around to looking at those.
Now, Keeping in mind again that this is a used violin (which I bought at $95 and it was labeled in good condition, though I can see almost nothing that might mark it as anything other than factory new), I find this a huge steal! Lastly, the bows (you get 2) aren't the best. Yes, they work adequately, but they do have a scratchy quality to their sound. Only 3 hairs have fallen off, witch is very convenient and surprising.
My only advice would be to buy back ups, replacements, and helpful accessories. Yes. it will be costly, but it will make it so much better! Peg drops (pegs seem to be a huge issue on these cheaper violins, just shove them into the holes a bit harder and you should be fine), a finger guide, extra strings, different rosin entirely,a higher quality bow (yes, pricey to the average wallet, mine was around $70, but it will make a world's difference to the experience and sound) a new tuner, and if you'd like, a much more comfortable shoulder rest.
My order arrived on time with it's 2 day shipping with prime, and was double boxed, with the outer being Amazon, and the inner being Cecilio. A warning to any fellow Californian buyers, ONTRAC was responsible for delivering, which is well known for being abusive to packages and not on time. However, I did not have a single issue with the packaging or tracking.
To summarize, this is a very good violin for the price, but not much else is. For a dedicated beginner, take the extra time and money to help this good violin become great. Good luck and happy playing to anyone this might have helped to make the decision of "is this the one?", it certainly was for me.
What I later on Added/Used:
- Wittner 918111 Ultra Violin Tailpiece (4/4 Size)
- The String Centre Peg Drops
- Glaesel Cleaner/Polish For Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass 2-Oz.
- GelRest Stick-on GelPad Black
- Aubert Teller Germany U Insert Semi Fitted Violin Bridge 4/4, 9145-44
- Fretless Finger Guide for Full (4/4) Size Violin
- Super Sensitive Light Violin Rosin
- Snark SN-5 Tuner for Guitar, Bass and Violin
- Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest for 4/4 and 3/4 with Collapsible and Height Adjustable Feet
Pricey Bow - Fiddlerman -Carbon Fiber Violin Bow 4/4
Cheaper Bow- Full-size 4/4 Silver Winding Violin Bow, Fluer-de-lys Inlay, Golden Mount, Well-balanced
Pricey Strings- JSI Special 4/4 Violin String Set: Gold Label Ball-End E & Dominant A, D, and G Strings - Medium Gauge
Cheaper Strings-D'Addario Prelude Violin String Set, 4/4 Scale, Medium Tension
- Dimensiones del producto: 68.6 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm ; 1.81 Kg
- Peso del envío: 2.1 Kg
- Pilas 2 AAA necesaria(s), incluida(s)
- Número de modelo del producto: DA_1/2CVN-300+SR+92D+FB1
- ASIN: B00EOYKHR4
- Producto en Amazon.com.mx desde: 30 de mayo de 2017
- Opinión media de los clientes sobre el producto: Sé el primero en calificar este artículo