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I got my son a low end Cecilio model for Christmas. He has been taking lessons for about 4 or 5 weeks. He actually spends more time playing at lesson than practice in the week.
Anyways, violin has always been a burning desire of mine. While skimming through here someone made the comment that it is good for a parent to learn along side a child. So I went to my local shop and decided on snagging a rental. I was considering getting one of Fiddlerman's setups, but decided to rent for the time being. If I become oblivious to it and don't practice I will simply return it.
My shop in northern New Hampshire does rentals from David French Music near Boston. The violin is from Conservatory, model CV290. I can't find any information on it anywhere. Anybody have any feedback on this fiddle? The rental maturity price is $924, 22 bucks for 42 months (yes I am paying the extra 5 for damage and theft for $27 total). I believe there is some sort of buyout method with 30% off that brings it to around $660. Is this a good deal? Or should I dedicate 6 good months and look for a different rig to buy?
Fiddlerman, I moved from Florida 2 years ago or else I would have rented from you. Do you have any insight into the quality of the instrument for learning purposes? The kind of fiddle I really want to buy is one that is deep and soulful, like "El Cannone". I greatly prefer Guarneri to Strad.
Out of all the violins you sell, which one is the most deep and rich sounding?
You're missing an obvious trick - if your son isn't using his much at home, play that one. (That might make him a lot more interested in playing it, too.)
I wasn't able to find much about Conservatory instruments (and nothing about that specific model). That doesn't mean a lot, there are hundreds of violin makers (or used to be.) I'd recommend going more by your own ear that somebody's Internet review on them.
Most rental instruments (for beginners) are made more to be sturdy than to have excellent tone. From what little I found, I'd expect to sound pretty good for a student instrument, but only mediocre when you get up to the intermediate range.
If playing your son's is not an option, and you're not sure whether you want to play or not, I'd rent. If you don't like that instrument after a couple of months, but you do want to keep going, then look at getting one. If you do like it, then buy it or continue the rent-to-own stuff.
If you have to sign a six month lease, so that you're looking at around $150 lost if you don't get it, rather than $50, that makes the choice a little harder. Check with the shop. A lot of times, they have better instruments available than their standard rental units, and the rent on the 290 will probably be applicable to a better one. Quite frankly, though, I'd try to figure out a way to make using your son's while you decide if you want to continue, rather than commit to a six-month lease.