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which violin should i buy?
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September 14, 2015 - 1:34 pm
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Cremona SV-500, Cremona SV-600, Cecilio CVN-500. Any advice r welcome! 

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September 15, 2015 - 7:52 am
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In that price range, you would be better to go with a Fiddlerman model.  I think you will find a ton of people on here rate his products pretty high.  I know I recently was considering a similar model violin and decided on the FM product because I know that it was actually set up correctly and adjusted.  Plus you can hear the actual model you will buy!  Much better than either of the three you listed if you ask me.


September 15, 2015 - 8:28 am
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Ive owned cremonas and cecilios and what Ive found in that price range is that it really comes down to each individual instrument. The fiddlershop will do everything within reason to make you happy, something that is a rare find these days.

So I recommend you buy from Pierre & Mike so you have real people you can talk to during your purchase.

good luck, let us know what you buy and how you like it !!



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September 15, 2015 - 8:36 am
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I have to second the suggestion to check out a Fiddlerman violin. They come professionally set up for you, which is extremely helpful when you're a beginner. Check them out and give them a listen. 

I personally have the Concert model, which I love and my violin instructor said is comparable to the Eastman 305, which she said she usually recommends as a high quality starter, and that the shop rents out to students. So she really likes my violin, and so do I, lol. 

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September 15, 2015 - 2:11 pm
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I looked at tons of reviews, then stumbled upon Fiddlerman.  Based on so many positive reviews, I decided to go with Fiddlerman.  At first, I couldn't decide which violin to go with because I didn't want to invest money in a student violin, only to upgrade months later.  Also, I read several reviews where more advanced violins are easier to play.  Since I'm new to the violin and reading notes, I was leaning towards getting a violin that was easier to play.   Fortunately, I'm local and I met with Pierre and Mike.  I was able to hold the violin and draw a bow across the strings.  I couldn't believe how much easier it was to produce a sound from the strings on a more advanced violin, than a starter violin! Since I am local to their shop, they suggested renting.  I decided to rent before investing alot of money in something that I may not stick with. Another thing about Pierre and Mike is that they are very accommodating.  I wanted a particular sounding violin and Pierre found it for me.  I can't wait until my workday is over so that I can tackle the G string notes, again (day 2 of practice).  

I realize that my response is not definitive as to which violin to buy, however, I don't believe that you will go wrong with purchasing a violin from Fiddlerman.  The violins look and sound amazing!


September 16, 2015 - 6:23 am
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@kyo ,

I am not familiar with the models you mention, but in a similar price range you can find the Johannes Kohr K500:

This is the model I currently play, and I really like it.

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September 16, 2015 - 8:38 am
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At the price range you specified, the Fiddlerman Concert violin would be the best choice IMHO.

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