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Well, on a whim I bought a cheap violin. Turned out I really liked playing, so I ordered another one 2 days later. I've been told this is called VAS.
The new one came yesterday, it's a CEVN-1NA, and I can't put it down. Compared to my MV300 - well, I can't compare it, it's that far ahead.
Now, I freely admit, I'm a total beginner, but at the same time I can feel that this is a better quality instrument. The neck seems wider, the strings are spaced better, the pegs fit right, the fine tuners are WAY better, for the price I don't think you can beat this model. Plus, I can play it in the living room while the family is sleeping and it doesn't disturb them. If you are thinking about buying one, you will not be sorry. I feel like I can actually learn how to play on this violin.
I like my black one too. The CEVN-1BK is very nice looking and sounds good too. It is a little heavier than my Cecilio CVN-500, but it is now my main practice instrument. I do feel that extra weight during extra long practice session though, especially on workout days (I do my workouts before noon, and violin practice after noon).
I removed all but the E string fine tuners though. And you might want to upgrade to better strings, if you have not done so already. The cheap Cecilio strings will do until you can get better, but once you put on better strings, you notice the difference right away. I temporarily put on a set of D'Addario Preludes strings on mine. They sound much better than the cheap Cecilio strings. I will upgrade to synthetic core strings at some point though, for an even smoother sound.
I put the D'Addario prelude strings on mine too. For the price, I feel like it's as good as I need for now. The only problem I have right now is I'm kind of bony, and holding the violin is kind of uncomfortable. I have a shoulder rest, but it puts the violin a bit higher than I want it. Perhaps a better chin rest, or... I don't really know. I'm sure I'll figure something out, I just don't want to get sucked into spending a ton of money, for now I want to learn how to play. I have the violins, I bought a CF bow (from this site), better strings, and good rosin. I think that's as far as I need to go as a start.
However, any and all advice is appreciated.
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