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Not a great instrument (Yamaha - V5SA)

By mooseherman, 11/01/2011
I recently started taking up violin and I needed a cheap one to start with. I thought this would be a good place to start as it was only around three hundred dollars. It is made of a fine wood and certainly looks much better than it's $300 price tage would suggest. However I found that it wasn't really all that it was cracked up to be.
I couldn't find one that didn't have a bridge that was too far from the neck. This made it difficult to play and made intonation sort of an issue as well. Granted, I'm a beginner, but I couldn't help notice that the violin was out of tune, and when I showed it to a friend who plays he said that it was because of the neck which made sense. I also noticed that it gets marked up really easily, especially on the fretboard. I don't know why that is but it certainly was frustrating considering that I don't finger as hard as I do on the guitar and I was still marking it up a whole lot.
I also decided that the strings weren't quite brilliant sounding enough, and I discovered that it was mainly because they used cheap strings. I don't know why they come with such bad strings but it was a real shame as that cut the quality of the violin drastically. After I tried changing the strings to some better ones, it helped, but not by much. The instrument simply didn't resonate fully enough for me, as it had a really weak sound in general.
Overall, I wasn't expecting much, but after playing the aforementioned friend's violin for a little bit and hearing the difference, I decided that I wasn't really into this violin very much. I think that Yamaha makes some great things but this sadly isn't one of them. You should just save up a little more and get a nicer one, it'll make you want to stick with the instrument more than this did for me.

Perfect for a beginner (Violon Cello - VCA+)

By jeanphilippe.burger.5, 01/07/2014
Price is the beginner pack Lesseur offered on the site, shipping included.
Receiving less than a week after ordering. Careful packing, having probably prevented damage given the state of the post card. The violin is fine with me and all accessories that came with it. The seller is available by email, adaptable and friendly. I chose this seller because it was recommended in Volume 1 of the Lesseur method. It only remains for me to learn to play.

Teagan's review (O.M.Mönnich - Violon 4/4 (Lutherie artisanale))

By Teagan, 12/10/2008