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Canadian Violin Co. Copy of Stradivarious 1717 Fiddle Reviews

Canadian Violin Co. Copy of Stradivarious 1717
submitted 1/25/2009

Submitter

TU4A (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Sallie Gooden @ eBay

Year Purchased

2009

Price Paid

80 ($US)

Sound


Loud, but glass sound. Changing soundpost position, replacement bridge and strings do some help, but sill narrow dynamic range in sound.

Sound Rating

not rated

Setup


Changed the pegs required (originally not fully inserted to the holes). Recommended to use the pegs from 1/2 size violin. Reinstalled sounpost and installed new bridge and strings to improve sound quality. Changed tailpease to carbon fiber with 4 integrated fine tuners.

Setup Rating

5

Appearance


Beatiful nice flamed back and accurate top. Varnishing is modern, not antique. Painted lines around the edges, not inlaying. The main problem is fingerboard - it's black painted rosewood, not ebony; the problem is it has deep shipworm dents and while trying to polish it I got white spots.

Appearance Rating

5

Reliability


It still not good even for backup. Planning to reglue new fingerboard and try to use special carving bridge with less weight to improve glass sound.

Reliability Rating

3

Customer Service


The one week return policy is not enought to understand that it is a problem to improve this beatiful flamed back instrument, and as the shipping charges is 30% of the price there is no sense to return it and lost this money.

Customer Service

10

Components


Fingerboard, Pegs, Stings, Bridge, Soundpost and Tailpeace should be upgraded.

Components Rating

1

Overall Comments


Not recommended. Some cheap China instruments will be better in sound. (It was the mistake that I tryed to get good sound on this nice one peace flamed back and loud, but glass sounding violin.)

Overall Rating

2


Canadian Violin Co. Copy of Stradivarious 1717
submitted 6/25/2007

Submitter

Reverend_fiddler (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

E-bay

Year Purchased

2005

Price Paid

100 ($US)

Sound


Here's the deal. I wanted a cheap violin that I could take camping, or wherever and not worry about something happening to it. I purchased this violin off E-bay and was very surprised by the tone. It is very deep and rich sounding.

Sound Rating

8

Setup


I had to set the bridge when I received the violin (I used my own bridge and not the one that came with it) The action is a tad high, but remember that it is a $100 violin.

Setup Rating

4

Appearance


This violin has a one piece flamed maple back. Very attractive. The scroll and pegs are somewhat inexpensive looking... and when I play it, I get black marks on my fingers, so maybe the fingerboard is dyed? Purfling looks to be painted on (??).

Appearance Rating

7

Reliability


Finish is so-so for a mass produced instrument. Pegs are plain looking. This violin is a back up to my main violin and should work fine for that use.

Reliability Rating

7

Customer Service


I bought this off E-bay from Sallie Gooden. No problems with the transaction. I would buy from them again.

Customer Service

10

Components


I didn't care for the bridge, I replaced that right away. I also replaced the bow with a better one that I had.

Components Rating

7

Overall Comments


As I said earlier, I looked on E-bay for a cheaper violin to take "traveling" and not worry about it getting damaged or disappearing. I am very pleased with this violin. It came with a case, bow and rosin. Not a bad deal for around $100. The sound continues to impress me. If it were lost or stolen, I would purchase another like it (it appears that they are sold under a variety of names from the seller i.e. Rothenberg).

Overall Rating

8


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