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4/4 Flamed Maple Violin
With its Carved Solid Spruce Top, Flamed Maple back & sides, and Ebony appointments, the Monoprice 609610 4/4 Flamed Maple Violin looks as good as it plays!
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Many school band directors reflexively dismiss band instruments made in China, preferring to point parents to the entry-level instruments from the major brands. This ignores the fact that the entry-level instruments from the major brands are also made in China!
The country of origin therefore is NOT an indicator of the quality of an instrument and whether it will sound and play properly. One of the best indicators of an instrument's quality however, is how well the company stands behind their instruments.
Monoprice stands behind EVERY product we sell with a 30-day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, return it within 30 days for a full refund.
Additionally we stand behind every instrument we sell with a 1 year warranty. If the performance of the instrument changes over time, if you notice a problem that you didn't notice before, if it breaks from normal use, simply return it and receive a new replacement in exchange.
So do not be dissuaded by naysayers, who admittedly have not tried Monoprice Pro Audio products! You can purchase with total confidence that your investment will not be wasted and that the investment will be considerably less than if the instrument wears a major name brand logo.
- CARVED SOLID SPRUCE TOP
- Ebony fingerboard, chinrest, and pegs
- Flamed Maple carved back and sides
- Perlon strings (synthetic Gut) – Longer life, better tuning, projected tone
- Hygrometer built in case
- Includes 4 Fine Tuners
- French made Aubert bridge - Warmer tone
- Case will hold multiple bows for different playing styles
- Includes Rosin and case shoulder strap
Maple flame pattern not very strong, but definitely there on the 2-piece back, and sides. Spruce top shows a little grain. Top resonates like a drum and has better sustain than most guitars, so its graduation seems very good. The instrument finish seems like varnish, but I doubt it at this price point.
Action out of the box is fine if you're not spending a lot of time raging through the upper registers. Chinrest is sorta basic, but shimmed with tonewood where it clamps. Strings are fairly sensitive, and sound clean. A lot of stretch. I don't know if the bridge has cut or flexible feet, but it fits and stands well and transmits vibes just like a violin bridge. Heck, it may even be partly responsible for the nice tone...
Lightweight violin with surprising resonance and power. Not nasal, not scratchy, not wolfy. Unexpected sweet high registers, and the large amount of open bass from this fiddle promises something even bigger and warmer as the wood wakes. The fiddle is more responsive to bow pressure and speed than I expected from a student violin, yet the instrument is somewhat forgiving, and one has to work to make it "bottom out". Also, it looks like the tonepost is close to the middle of its range, so there may be even more volume/projection available from this instrument with some microtweaking by skilled hands.
This violin sounds good. Upgrade the bow, accoutrements, and case tune the action to your liking, and you can have a great rig at a bargain.
PROS: Tone. Volume and projection. Playability. Classic looks. Monoprice service. Hard to go wrong at this price.
You're going to want a nice heavy mute...
CONS: Accessories are not going to be "Everything for all people"...
PROS: Good Construction, Price
CONS: Arrived with Busted string
So let me get onto the product itself. It came in a beautifully constructed case with leather handles and a nice deep red felt interior. It came with rosin and a shoulder strap tucked away in its nice big compartments. Finally i have a case that fits my shoulder rest easily!!! The case also has humidty gage embeded in it. As you can tell i was very impressed with the case, especially since i paid $80. But lets movr onto the instrument to see if the sound was everything monoprice said it would be.
First thing i noticed was the quality if the pegs. They turned really smooth and stay really well. My old violin pegs wouldnt stay put unless you were really digging into it with pressure. Great contrast for me in this regard. I found the quality of thr bow to be lacking as the hairs were not flat even after tightening. I suppose maybe they will flatten out after prolonged tension.
When i first started playing i was amazed how well the sound resonated. It is very warm sounding. My old violin was harsh and nasal sounding. And to think i paid 1/4 of what my parents paid for my old violin. Definitely recommend this.
PROS: Great case, great sound, really cheap
CONS: Bow isnt the best. Hairs dont seem flat. Maybe after prolonged tension they will flatten out.
I also bought it for the case, because my main violin's case is falling apart. The case is great, lots of storage, but no space big enough for a shoulder rest. That's my only complaint.
PROS: Good sound
Comes with a case
Bow is decent
Price is amazing
CONS: Case has no room for a shoulder rest. Not mine at least, so I have to carry that separately.
PROS: -great craftsmanship
-superior parts-Aubert bridge, strings, bow, etc.
-nice warm tone
Violinbe has rich, pleasant tone, pegs easy to turn (+ fine tuners on each string).
PROS: Great value.
PROS: Cannot beat the price or the quality, similar to the Monoprice guitars, which I have much more experience with. My friends all joke that I only play Monoprice instruments, as the Fenders and Gibsons sit in the closet!
CONS: E-String broken.