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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!
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!
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.
"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.
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.