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Best violin in my price range?
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LyleA
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Okay guys and gals,

 

Although I will be eternally grateful to my CVN-200 for getting me started, I really don't like the build quality of the instrument.  One of the seams is beginning to slowly part, the finish is unattractive and chipped in a few spots, and even when it is in tune playing an open string with Fiddlerman recommended Zyex stings the sound it produces is not appealing to my ear.

 

I have been saving for a while and would like to upgrade.  I have around $500.  What would be a good investment?  I am not worried about all the accessories like a case or bow, just the instrument itself.  Thank you in advance! 

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You probably know your best bet is to play several different violins in person. In the price range you are at, you will probably get a factory instrument. Many have learned that all violins created from the same factory are not equals. Also, more expensive is not necessarily better. I've heard of a great shop a couple hours from my house which a friend has recommended highly, where one can try out many instruments, or ask the employees to play for you.

Of course I'm a bit of a gambler. I got a good deal on my instrument on ebay. Just over $200, and I never had to leave my house. Pretty convenient!

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I would suggest you keep saving for a while.

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Raymond from this site bought a K550 in which he loves.
I haven't seen him around for a little while but check out the violin and his review on the site. Kohr violins are great and 100 guaranteed.

http://fiddlershop.com/august-....._name=k550

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If you have any vioin shops near you why not check out some used violins.  Violins back from rentals or someone upgrading, you can find some good deals and you can try them first.

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Fiddlerman said
Raymond from this site bought a K550 in which he loves.
I haven't seen him around for a little while but check out the violin and his review on the site. Kohr violins are great and 100 guaranteed.

http://fiddlershop.com/august-....._name=k550

dancingWanted to ask about this violin.

Did someone hear it. I was looking for a video in the internet to listen. But no luck yet.. My teacher wants me to have a "concert" violin and i know that my current violin is a cr*p, but i don't know if i have enough skills to play a good violin though... I'd like to buy this violin too in a couple month..

Thanks =)

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Naska,

Never underestimate your skill or ability.  I believe you have what it takes to become a great violinist.

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Naska, ditto what Kevin said. (If you're not familiar with our slang, ditto means 'same thing.')

You haven't played for very long at all, and I think you are doing very very well. clap

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Kevin M. said
If you have any vioin shops near you why not check out some used violins.  Violins back from rentals or someone upgrading, you can find some good deals and you can try them first.

I agree, Kevin. You can get a fantastic deal on a used instrument.

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Naska I agree you are well ready to upgrade your violin! thumbs-up

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@ Mad_wed

I did a sound analysis on the 550 August and it was incredible how it was almost identical to the very expensive Strad and $20K German handmade violins as far as sound production and projection goes. The P & V's were almost a smooth line as opposed to the high and lows seen and heard on the less expensive student and production viiolins.

You will be very happy if all their violins sound and compare as well as the one I tested.

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Don't forget you will need a good bow ( like the FM CF bow). Thats another 60 bucks. devil-violin

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WoW!

Thanks, guys! dancinbunny

Now i really want it!

Dennis, i -> hats_off

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