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208 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: Sallie Gooden @ eBay
Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: 80 ($US)
Loud, but glass sound. Changing soundpost position, replacement bridge and strings do some help, but sill narrow dynamic range in sound.
Sound Rating: not rated
Changed the pegs required (originally not fully inserted to the holes). Recommended to use the pegs from 1/2 size violin. Reinstalled sounpost and installed new bridge and strings to improve sound quality. Changed tailpease to carbon fiber with 4 integrated fine tuners.
Setup Rating: 5
Beatiful nice flamed back and accurate top. Varnishing is modern, not antique. Painted lines around the edges, not inlaying. The main problem is fingerboard - it's black painted rosewood, not ebony; the problem is it has deep shipworm dents and while trying to polish it I got white spots.
Appearance Rating: 5
It still not good even for backup. Planning to reglue new fingerboard and try to use special carving bridge with less weight to improve glass sound.
Reliability Rating: 3
The one week return policy is not enought to understand that it is a problem to improve this beatiful flamed back instrument, and as the shipping charges is 30% of the price there is no sense to return it and lost this money.
Customer Service: 10
Fingerboard, Pegs, Stings, Bridge, Soundpost and Tailpeace should be upgraded.
Components Rating: 1
Not recommended. Some cheap China instruments will be better in sound. (It was the mistake that I tryed to get good sound on this nice one peace flamed back and loud, but glass sounding violin.)
Overall Rating: 2
Where Purchased: E-bay
Year Purchased: 2005
Price Paid: 100 ($US)
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
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
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
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
I bought this off E-bay from Sallie Gooden. No problems with the transaction. I would buy from them again.
Customer Service: 10
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
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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