Cecilio CVN-300 Fitted Violin Review

Trying to find a good beginner violin for your son, daughter, or even yourself can be full of challenges. There are many people selling instruments but knowing which one will be a good investment could take a bit of investigation on your part.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Beginner Violin

One of the first things you'll need to think about is the price. What kind of budget do you want to set aside for a beginner violin? If the student has been playing for a few months you might ask them if there are any certain things they like or dislike about the violin they've been playing. You could try to fit those things into your search.

You should also think about having a younger player measured to find the size of instrument that will best fit them. It might be better for a younger child to play a smaller sized violin.

The Cecilio CVN-300 Violin

The Cecilio CVN-300 is made with the beginning violin student in mind. As with many beginner string instruments, spruce is used for the top and maple for the neck, back and sides. These woods work together to create a beautiful sound. The violin package is filled with many accessories that every player will need. The CVN-300 is a durable violin that a new student can continue to play into their intermediate years.

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    The violin is strung with D'Addario Prelude Strings
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    The Cecilio company uses real ebony wood for the fingerboard or other fittings.
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    The price point of this instrument is very good especially considering all the accessories included and the fact that it is made to be played from the beginner to the intermediate stage.
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    The pegs tend to slip often and are difficult to keep in place, making it very hard to keep the instrument in tune.
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    The rosin cake could be of a low quality. It may be difficult to get it to adhere to the bow hairs.
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    The bows may also be of a lower quality.

Features and Benefits

Tone

Cecilio CVN-300 Fitted Violin

There is a remarkable precision in the tone of this instrument. The sound the Cecilio CVN-300 produces is warm and pleasant to the ears. Even for a beginner violin, it can generate a lovely sound that blends well within the orchestra.

Package

Cecilio has done an excellent job with this package deal and provides several useful items for their customers. Along with the violin, the company has included a hard case and two brazilwood bows with unbleached Mongolian horsehair. Other items the violinist needs like rosin, a shoulder rest, an extra bridge, a chromatic tuner and a lesson book are all a part of the CVN package.

Design and Finish

The look of the violin is beautiful and traditional. The spruce and maple woods are a natural color with purfling on the top. It is finished with a rich antique varnish. The ebony used in the fittings presents a nice contrast and complements the varnish color. The fittings made of ebony include the pegs, fingerboard, chin rest and tailpiece.

Lesson Book

Published by Mel Bay, The First Lesson, is a 32-page book with simple arrangements of many well-known and classic pieces. They have been simplified and notated without embellishments.

Even though these would probably not be played during the actual first violin lesson, they can soon give the student some interesting music to spur them on in their practice time. All pieces in the book are played in first position.

Rating

Design

5

Performance

4.5

Construction

4.5

Value for the Money

5

User Satisfaction

5

Alternatives

Mendini MV500

Mendini MV500

This Mendini violin is, like most beginner violins, produced with spruce and maple woods. The difference in the MV500 is that the back is made from a single piece of wood. Both front and back are hand-carved solid wood. The spruce top has inlaid purfling and has been finished with a very nice varnish.

Sold as a package, it includes some of the most basic accessories that an instrumentalist needs. Mendini violins are factory tested, then inspected a second time before being shipped. 

Comparison

  • Price: $139.99
  • The fine-tuners are detachable from the tailpiece.
  • Included with the violin are 2 brazilwood bows, a chromatic tuner with metronome, shoulder rest, an extra set of strings, 2 bridges, rosin and a light-weight hard case.
  • The company provides a 1-year warranty against manufacturer's defects.

ADM Starter Acoustic Violin

ADM Starter Acoustic Violin

ADM offers an entry-level student a pretty good deal with this violin. Its top is hand carved solid spruce. Maple is used for the back, neck and sides. The use of these wood varieties makes the acoustics of the instrument great. The bridge is made of brazilwood.

The body is painted, not stained or varnished, still, it has a beautiful color and a nice finish. Most people who've bought this feel it is a great instrument for a child who's just learning how to play and have been happy with their purchase. 

Comparison

  • Price: $54.99
  • The fine-tuners are integrated with the tailpiece.
  • Included in the package are a foam case with a strong nylon exterior, a brazilwood bow stick strung with unbleached horsehair, 2 bridges, fingerboard stickers, polishing cloth, shoulder rest and rosin.
  • This violin comes with a one year warranty.

Kaiser Violin Acoustic Classic VLN-1000VA

Kaiser Violin Acoustic Classic VLN-1000VA

The Kaiser Classic violin is very practical for a beginner. The company is known to produce reliable instruments and their versatility will fit well into an orchestra, small ensemble or be great for private lessons. The body is made from spruce and maple with inlaid purfling. Maple is also used for the fingerboard, pegs and chin rest; the tailpiece is alloy.

With this package comes a 45-day free trial. This gives the purchaser time to play and test their violin. If at the end of this time, it does not seem to be a good choice for you or your child, you can return it for a full refund. 

Comparison

  • Price: $77.70
  • There are no fine-tuners included with this violin.
  • The package includes a molded case with straps, ABS foam padded shoulder rest, a brazilwood bow and rosin.
  • A Lifetime Warranty is given as protection against manufacturer's defects. The buyer only needs to provide proof of purchase and make a request to Kaiser. They will send the needed parts to you, free of charge.

Final Thoughts

There are so many possibilities to consider, so many types of beginner violins. Once you have set your parameters and decided what things your violinist will need, you can begin to narrow down your search. The Cecilio CVN-300 will take the student through more than just their early stages of learning to play the violin. The package also includes the accessories they need. 

Stephanie Su
 

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