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Cecilio MV300 vs Mv500
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February 8, 2017 - 12:36 am
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Hey all,


Total noob here.  All I know is you tube and musescore.  Played horn in high school.


Started out with the mv300.  Honestly, this is the best $45 I think you can spend.  I may have gotten a better one than others, but it sounds "fair" and takes work to play it, but it does play.  (And had I hated the violin I was only out the cost of a dinner out, could donate the violin to a school).


The fit and finishe are horrible, and it took 2 months for it to hold tune.  But it did "play in" a bit so that now 3 months in it is not too shabby.


Just got the mv500.  (Used on ebay for $75 shipped).


As much as I hate to say it, not the same value as the mv300.  Yes, it does sound better, and is easier to play.  But its not 3 times the violin as the cheaper one ($45 vs $145 or so new).  Does come with a tuner and extra bow.  But a tuner is like $5, and 2 only fair bows are as a good as 1 fair bow.


In its defense, the mv500 I have is beautiful, I do love looking at it.  A lot!


So, if I were doing it over again:


Buy the Mv200.  Value wise nothing is close.  If you find you like it, get some better strings for it.  Then save all your $$ for a fiddlerman apprentice, as from all my research that is the next step up, and the value is there too.


Hopefully pics and a video/sound file to come.

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February 8, 2017 - 9:37 am
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It's fun hearing of your journey.

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February 9, 2017 - 3:38 pm
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Welcome to the forum Vern357.
Looking forward to hearing about your journey and progress.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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February 9, 2017 - 10:23 pm
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You use MuseScore? So do I!!!! 

February 23, 2017 - 8:30 pm
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Ok, just an update on my journey.


My Fiddlerman strings arrived today.


I would swear I bought a new violin.


Everything is faster and louder, I dont have to work so hard to get a good sound, it just feels more natural.


February 25, 2017 - 10:29 am
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@Vern357 Welcome!  I also love my Fiddlerman strings!  Enjoy the journey 🙂

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