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Cremona SV-150 Premier Student Violin, 1/2-Size
The Cremona SV-150 1/2 violin outfit is a fine example of an instrument who's value and quality far surpase its price tag and meet the specific needs of beginning and advancing students. Completeley hand-carved from select solid woods and combined with the new TL-33 Travelite case for durable, yet lightweight protection and a LB-15 Brazilwood bow by J. LaSalle, makes this already perfect outfit one of the best available at this price point!
Select tonewoods and quality workmanship for the finest possible tone
USA-made Prelude strings, the educator's preferred strings for students
Proper peg fitting and easy to use Swiss-style boxwood pegs
Correct string height, string spacing and neck relief for accurate finger positions and intonation
Boxwood fittings, ebony fingerboard and lightweight composite tailpiece for easy tuning, all hand carved all solid spruce and maple body
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24 of 27 found the following review helpful:
A good violin for the moneyOct 23, 2009
This is the fourth violin that I bought, starting from the 1/4 size, 1/2, 3/4, now the full size for my kids. (Sure they grow fast !!) The price is fantastic for a violin of this quality, the ordering process is a breeze, and the delivery is super fast. Ordered on Thursday evening, and is being pulled and ship out to UPS at 1:00 in the morning. The package arrived on Saturday in perfect condition, well packed in properly protected box. The only minor point is the violin was not tuned, as compared to the three that I bought before, and the description did not really show the exact color of the wood stain. I found it some come with more brownish red, and some are in maroon brown. Definitely a great violin with beautiful sound for such a low price.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Cremona sv-150 reviewDec 11, 2011
By Doggie Bear "Opie"
I purchase the 2011 model which has boxwood fittings (pegs, tailpiece, chin rest, button) and ebony fingerboard, all fittings are fine to me -- pegs and tuners all turned smoothly. The bow is a LB-13 octagonal brazil wood with ebony frog and unbleached white horse tail, the bow is straight and usable. The case is a TravelLite TL-33 with hygrometer (durability is ok for me as I don't lug the case around that much and use it mostly as a dust cover). The bridge was easy to install, but takes patience as tightening the strings require re-positioning so the bridge stays perpendicular to the table. I recommend purposely positioning the bridge a bit closer to the tailpiece (say 1/16" to 1/8" from it's final position) that way when you need to make the bridge vertical just slide the feet of the bridge toward the neck instead of sliding the part that contacts the strings toward the tailpiece which can be hard to do as the string tension builds. Bridge seems to be properly cut and the action seems fine (at least from first position the string height feels good). The stock rosin is deep amber and hard: I couldn't get any rosin on the bow until I scratched the rosin which opened the rosin up and then it took a good 20 minutes just to rosin down all the slippery parts of the bow (yes, the rosin is that hard and the temperature was about 55 degrees F so that may be a factor) -- well 20 minutes of rosin a little and test play a little, not 20 minutes continuously grinding away like grating cheese. By test playing you help evenly spread the rosin powder on the bow and prevent over rosining. You'll know when you have enough rosin as the bow will have the right resistance without feeling gritty (too much) or slippery (too little). Bottome line: the stock rosin is usable in a pinch, but I bought a Bernardel rosin ($6) to replace the stock because I want a more consistent rosin. The stock strings are Anton Breton VNS-150 perlon: E sounds warm and bright but the A sounds hoarse and muted when fingered (a brighter A would be better to match the E), G and D are nothing remarkable. Unit seems promising and will probably sound even better with better strings. Overall very pleased with the quality for the price (I got an additional 15% off during Amazon's promotional). Good starter package for a student. The weight of the instrument is 1 pound and 2 ounces with chin rest (average for a factory made). I also bought a cheap copy of Kun's shoulder rest for under $7: Anton Breton VP-70K and a rubber Ultra Practice Mute $3. Also, I use a Korg TM-40 tuner/metronome ($23) to tune the violin and verify my intonation.
UPDATE: I replaced the tailpiece with a wittner composite tailpiece. I want to have fine tuners on each string, yet have the correct after length. The G and A string sound better with the correct after length.
13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
So GladJan 10, 2011
This is my second violin. The first one I bought cost about 50 USD, and I got exactly what I paid for.
This, however, stayed in tune perfectly, and would not go out of tune for a while. Even with its default strings, it sounds great. Highly recommend it to any new violin players or prospects.
15 of 17 found the following review helpful:
I think I'm in LoveMar 13, 2010
After playing the instrument years ago, I decided to purchase a beginner violin and relearn. It was nearly impossible to find a beginner violin in shops that was priced as low as it was online for the same model. I am so happy with my decision to buy the Cremona SV-150. I'm addicted to it. It's gorgeous, it plays well, and despite the plastic pegs, they hold their ground after a few weeks of practice. Just be aware the the tailpiece is plastic as well. The case is elegant and practical. I have no complaints about the price for the quality. Perfect for beginners just getting their feet wet.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
seems like a nice starter violinApr 05, 2011
I'm no expert on violins, but my kids were taking piano and guitar lessons and expressed an interest in strings, so I browsed Amazon and settled on this Cremona.
It comes in an attractive green felt- (or some synthetic material) lined carrying case with an embedded humidity detector, bridge, strings, bow, and rosin block.
I watched a YouTube video to install the bridge, downloaded a violin tuner from iTunes and tuned up. The pegs slipped a bit, so I bought a bottle of peg drops a few weeks later and now they hold firmly as intended.
Embarrassing but I learned a violin makes no sound except scratching noises until you rosin the bow! Now everything's set up, and while I couldn't tell a Stradivarius from a Cremona to save my life, this violin sounds just fine for a starter, and kid's are comfortable with the 1/2 size. Paid $136.50 in March 2011.
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