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208 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: Kessler & Son's
Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 1135 ($US)
Clear, sweet, rich, full sound. Very loud and yet very desirable tone. Everthing to like with no dislikes with regard to the sound.
Sound Rating: 10
This instrument came with a violin setup designed for orchestra/classical music. For a small additional cost and little time it was changed to a fiddle setup. Primarily changing the tail piece to one with four fine tuners and Primm strings. The action was very good and needed no further adjustment. Very easy to play.
Setup Rating: 9
This instrument was made using European Spruce and Maple and was hand rubbed with oil varnish. The wood finishing is excellent. It has double purfling around the top and bottom edges and scroll designs carved into the upper and lower bouts on the two piece back. It did have what I considered to be several varnishing flaws or rough spots that have since been polished out. Its very beautiful in appearance and attracts a lot of attention with the carvings on the back.
Appearance Rating: 9
It has first rate fittings and hardware even though I changed the tail piece to one containing four fine tuners. The pegs are fitted properly and work very smoothly. There is no need for mechanical pegs with this violin. The finish is just the right thickness as to provide good protection but allow quality sound and should last through years of heavy use. This is deffinately a violin to depend on. I have already used it during multiple nightly gigs with no other back up fiddle on hand.
Reliability Rating: 10
This was my first time dealing with Kessler & Son's and their service was excellent and very quick. Their policies and practices are pretty much the norm. They know violins and don't try to sell you an instrument thats not quality. I definately plan to deal with them in the future.
Customer Service: 9
I specifically choose a Scott Cao violin because of their known quality of materials and workmanship. Additionally,They use excellent components while keeping the price reasonable. I needed a violin that I knew would sound great and hold up to heavy constant use and leave nothing to be concerned with.
Components Rating: 10
This is a well made, dependable and very beautiful instrument. That comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity from the maker. Its unique in design with a powerful and sweet sound. The finish could have been smoother and for more money, Scott Cao does offer a cosmetically nicer version. I wanted a fiddle I could depend on for years of heavy use that I knew was only going to get rougher looking with time.
Overall Rating: 9
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