3 Stars By John on 2011-02-10
It's a dice roll
I returned this nearly as quickly as it arrived, but I did verify that the instrument was tunable, the bow was functional (though oddly warped), and I'm a novice player but it didn't produce any overtly objectionable tones. The strings are awful and so flat I couldn't tell if they were wound or simply solid steel, and the bridge was too high and flat instead of properly arched. Those annoyances are easily fixable, but I sent it back because the fittings are far inferior to ebony, the finish was poorly applied, the nut was low with incorrect spacing, and the end button was slightly off-center. To have fixed all these issues at a luthier would have far exceeded the cost of a properly setup entry level instrument from a shop.
Now I assumed that these problems could just as easily have been absent, but the ebonized fittings weren't going to cut it, so I gambled on a Palatino VN-850 and received a very well-made instrument w/a poor bridge, strings, and a crude-looking but properly shaped fingerboard.
If you are willing to take the risk of having to return a badly constructed instrument, and can live with painted pearwood fittings, I'm sure that this instrument is livable for a novice, but a little more money buys a lot more instrument.
3 Stars By speckledhen on 2014-01-29
I'm new to the violin and just wanted one to learn on without spending a lot of money. I succeeded. It looks great, but I'm not skilled enough to know how it should sound at this point. It makes the proper sounds and tunes well.
5 Stars By January on 2004-11-15
good instrument, great deal
This is a wonderful instrument for beginners. It might be necessary, however, to replace the chin rest - which is pretty cheap to do - for a more comfortable hold (mine was cut too high making it difficult to hold wit hmy chin). Also, as has been stated, it also migh be advantageous to replace the strings, bridge, and buy new rosin. The bow is okay, but if you have problems with it there is no problem replacing it with a glasser fiber glass student bow. Fiber glass bows are okay for student learners and they're cheap (a wooden bow is not essential). One also might want to invest in an electronic tuner with a pickup, as this is the least frusterating way to tune the instrument. With these things mind, this is a good instrument for the price - and the sound is equal to that of an expensive violin as far as I can tell. Don't let the fact that it's cheap deter you. If you can't afford a $500 or $1,000 violin, this is a good place to start. This violin is indeed a quality instrument.
5 Stars By BDen on 2015-05-11
Good Beginners Violin
My son loved this gift. He does not know how to play the violin but plans on teaching himself as he loves different instruments and music. Everything was there as described, great for a beginner.
5 Stars By Nana obi on 2013-10-02
Love it My daughter loves it very much, it was exactly what was advertised.
My daughter loves it very much, it was exactly what was advertised.
The violin 4/4, plays and sounds great. Good job guys:)
4 Stars By Angel Ramirez on 2007-07-02
Good value with very easy and inexpensive fix
I own several violins including one of Palatino VN-300. I also played 3 other VN-300.
This violin sounds its bests the way it comes out of the box with only 2 small inexpensive changes: 1- better rosin, 2- a small rubber mute on the bridge.
Good rosin and the small rubber mute should be around $5 for both.
About other upgrades:
Do not waste time and money with strings, bridge, tailpiece, sound post, professional tuning, bows,... My experience is that Palatino found the best match and it comes with it. (Do not believe the other guys saying that upgrades works, they do not)
About Expensive Violins:
Violins are all hand made (even the cheapest one) and none sound the same. Some very expensive instruments sound bad and some budget ones sound decent. The price of a violin is not based on the sound, it is based on its brand (maker), country of origin, looks, and materials. Sound quality is not part of the equation. But in general the better made instruments do sound better. Anyway, in my experience the Palatino sounds as good or better than a bad sounding super expensive instrument. Just think about it, there are many over $1000 violins that sound worst than the palatino!
5 Stars By C. M. Ellett on 2004-10-28
Excellent Student Violin
Based on the other reviews, I thought that this violin might be below average. I'd always been told a violin has to be quite expensive to be a decent instrument, and because of such I was always daunted at the prospect of getting a new one to learn with. I was very happy with this violin, however. I am just a student of music, but I thought this violin has a very pleasing sound, matching that of the violins of more experienced players I've listened to. It's a beautiful piece, and comes with nice beginning accessories. Especially for the price (lowest I found for any decent violin from a reputable company), this violin is a great deal for any beginner. Of course, if you are a pro and want to play in an orchestra or band, there are finer, more specialized instruments to be had, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with this violin for learning, or as a first violin for someone to become familiar with the instrument. And at the price, everyone should be able to afford to learn to play.
1 Stars By Harold Duverge on 2015-10-26
I bought this violin for my wife as a gift ...
I bought this violin for my wife as a gift and unfortunately item arrived not as per description. It says 4/4 and it arrived 1/4. Very disappointing.
3 Stars By Swathi Kiran on 2014-09-14
Overall loved it. But had to replace one of the strings.
1 Stars By Angry on 2013-03-19
If i wanted a piece of crap i would take a dump... plan as that, pretty much throwing 100 bucks away. Returned it once i got it.