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July 29, 2012 - 5:36 pm
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I have recently decided to start learning the violin.  I've been playing guitar for a long time and thought I'd try my hand at another string instrument.


I was wondering if anybody could recommend a good beginners model to start with.  Ideally I'm looking for something quite cheap, but at the same time decent enough to get by with for the time being (something similar to the Squier Strat of electric guitars).


I've been looking on Amazon at different models - are there any that Amazon sell that are any good?  Similarly, are there any models that I should avoid at all costs?


Thanks in advance!

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July 29, 2012 - 6:35 pm
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I would look at the CVN models on  Fiddlerman does video reviews of a lot of the violins he sells.  There is a $99 model that would be the equivelant of the squire with one exception.  It is actually closer to the mexican strat than the squire in comparison.

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July 29, 2012 - 7:20 pm
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Hey ChrissyBoy and welcome to the forum.

Cheap is very relative. Can you give us an idea of how much you want to spend?

The cvn-300 is $129 and has a real ebony fingerboard and pegs. Good to have because of the hardness of Ebony. You can expect a long life from an instrument with the proper materials.

The CVN-500 is almost $200 and both looks and feels like a nicer instrument. They both have a great sound for the money.

If you can afford almost $300 I would seriously consider the "Concert Master" violin which I always test personally and we carry in stock at Fiddlershop almost all the time. I have one in stock with a GREAT sound but a slight defect in the C by the corner block. Not that visible but we'll take off $30 if you are interested. Just let me know in advance so that we can mail you a coupon.

A little over $500 you can look at the Kohr K550 which is set up only after you order it by expert luthiers at Howard Core. A proven winner and favorite for violin shops and teachers all over the country.

Both the Concert Master and all the Kohr instruments have great strings from the start. The Kohr violins are set up with Dominant strings. Good strings are expensive in any case.

Good luck in your search for a great starter instrument.

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