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Inexpensive options for beginning Violists
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HeadCheese
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I have a Cecilio CVA-400 that I purchased from KK Music Store, with which after an initial rough start (see http://fiddlerman.com/forum/th.....400-viola/ for all the details and final resolution), I am now very happy.
Pictures of my Viola are here: http://gallery.me.com/head.cheese#100200
I know most, if not all, school music teachers decry the use of instruments bought online, calling them "VSOs" or "violin/viola-shaped objects," but I feel that I have a very serviceable instrument that far exceeds my current capacity to play it. In fact, it's been our observation that my Cecilio sounds better than my son's rental Knilling, which is valued at nearly 10 times what I paid for my viola.

When shopping online for an inexpensive outfit, I also considered Florea, and a few other chinese workshop instruments. Ultimately, it was the Fiddlerman.com videos on YouTube comparing and reviewing the various violin offerings from Cecilio that convinced me to take a chance on an instrument that cost me less than $150.

What are some of the other "budget" violas you have experience with, and what are your impressions? Is the quality of production of inexpensive instruments finally reaching a point that they can be a reasonable recommendation to a beginning student on a budget, particularly where renting something "better" might not be a viable option?

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Is KKmusic aware of this?  Have they had any reviews by Violaman.  I am interested to know for in that case there will be a viola draw as well.Cool

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They are certainly aware of the issues with the instrument in question, and my pleasure with the final outcome, but there aren't any upcoming video reviews that I'm aware of, unless a skilled violist steps forward to play something nice on one of their violas.

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jojo2010 said:

Is KKmusic aware of this?  Have they had any reviews by Violaman.  I am interested to know for in that case there will be a viola draw as well.Cool

I'm going to have to find a REAL violaman for that. Sorry jojo2010 Cry

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jojo2010 said:

Is KKmusic aware of this?  Have they had any reviews by Violaman.  I am interested to know for in that case there will be a viola draw as well.Cool

Ask, and you shall receive: 

http://violaman.com/forum/find.....400-viola/

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Good luck!

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malcolm2608
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that Cecilio CVA-400 seems pretty nice to me  😀 

I need to get a viola of my own, the ones are the school I go are pretty old

and damaged . I dont belive they are going to replace them any time soon either. 🙁

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Appearance isn't everything, Malcolm. Quality instruments improve in tone with age and use. Don't judge your school instruments too harshly. However, having one of your own might be something to aspire to. If you can, be a part of the drawing for the Cecilio CVA-400.

Good luck!

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HeadCheese said:

Appearance isn't everything, Malcolm. Quality instruments improve in tone with age and use.....

Exactly, the important thing is how they sound. I remember you complaining about it before though. Did you ever get around to changing strings?

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