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First Student Violin
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jfenn001
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June 5, 2013 - 12:33 pm
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Hi All,

I am just starting out and am trying to pick a beginner violin to purchase.  Unfortunately I'm price sensitive and cant afford anything Fiddlerman approved so I'm looking at the instruments listed below.  Does anyone have an opinion on which one I should get?

1) Cecilio Violin CVN-200 $99.99

2) Cecilio Antique Ebony Violin CVN-500 $199.99

3) Mendini MV500 $168.99

4) Cremona SV-175 $175.96

 

I know it doesn't matter as much as how it sounds, but I prefer the more standard redish wood coloring over the antique (CVN-500) or dark woods (Mendini).  Any other violins in this price range I'd love to hear about too!

 

Thanks for any advice!

 

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Whatever you decide to go with, you should allow room in your budget for good strings, good rosin, and a good bow. The cheap violins are usually OK if you are not afraid to set them up properly, but the three items above are almost always a must-have to get a decent sound. There are lots of threads on the forum about setting up your violin. Good luck and happy journey!

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pawn shops, actual violin stores, heck even craigslist.

 

Be aware of what you get otherwise. Those violins are typically crafted with a "durability" mindset. Kids can be rough on them. You as an adult will probably treat yours nicer. As was mentioned above you have the potential to spend another $50 to $100+ to make such instruments pleasing sounding. You may not realize to begin with.

 

Conversely Fiddlerman did have a internet purchased violin review that pleasantly surprised him regarding a $99 violin, so it is possible.

Good luck

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Hooray for You.  Good luck. I am excited for you.  Sorry I don't have a recommendation.. Folks here can help you though!  

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Welcome to the forum. I'm glad you are pursuing your interest even though your economy doesn't allow you to get what you really want.

If you get the CVN-300, that will allow you to invest in a better bow and strings after you get the hang of playing. I prefer that violin over the CVN-200 because of the real Ebony fingerboard.
Personally, from what I've seen now, I would avoid the Mendini.
Do you have a Luthier close by? You may need slight adjustments with any of these violins. It's hard enough to be a beginner without having to learn to set up and tune a violin the first time. :-(

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Thanks everyone :)

 

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Which ever violin you go with, as Fiddlerman said, have someone set it up for you. The CVN 300 is an excellent choice for the money. I have a CVN 100 which after s great deal of work has a nice sound. There are many people here that have CVN violins and have gone far with them. Pick the one you like the color and the look of.

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Fiddlerman
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June 29, 2013 - 7:29 am
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Yes,
Unfortunately some of these inexpensive Chinese violins, as great as they are made for the price, they are not set up very well. The same brand can fluctuate a lot depending on who set it up.

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