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Cecilio's CVA-600 Viola Review by Violaman.com
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October 20, 2011 - 11:09 pm
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First impression when opening the box and the case was that this is a beautiful instrument. Nicer than expected and hard to believe that one could get such a nice instrument for so little money. After checking the instrument and tuning it I rosined one of the bows included in the case and began to play.

I was very impressed with the first sounds coming out of such a green (brand new) instrument. I couldn’t put the viola down until I had played for at least one hour. In the short time that I played the viola began to open (became louder and easier to play) in sound. The next day I turned on the video camera and made my review posted above.

Pros for this particular viola (CVA-600) is:

  • It has a great sound despite its age and complete lack of being played on.
  • The look is one of a handmade instrument that costs many times more.
  • Real inlaid purfling.
  • Large enough case to store a lot of accessories.
  • Well working pegs and fine tuners.

The cons are:

  • Steel core strings hinder richer sound and make it difficult to play in-tune.
  • Two bows with little hair and brittle as well (broke off at least 10 in an hour).
  • Badly cut and sanded bridge
  • Badly fitted soundpost (will have a luthier refit to hear the difference).
  • End pin not fitted deep enough into the end block
  • Cheap case (loosely glued fabric in some places reveal thin fabric and Styrofoam)
  • Very dusty white rosin (would prefer a stickier higher quality rosin)
  • No shoulder rest included

The cons for me are not as important as the pros in this case. The accessories are easy to change but I wish that Cecilio would only include one high quality bow instead of the two included. Secondly, extremely few consumers will be able to set or fit a soundpost correctly. I would suggest that the time given to the makers who fit the soundposts be lengthened and that they are inspected more diligently. Lastly, I feel that the steel core strings should be traded for high quality perlon core strings for an instant improvement.

To summarize my review I would gladly recommend this viola to both beginner violists and more advanced players looking to upgrade.

 

 

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Thanks for the review, Violaman.

 

That is a good-looking instrument, and you really make it sing! 

I can tell how much you enjoy playing it, too. It makes me want to play all that much more.

 

In fact … I'll be back in about an hour or so.violastuden

 

 

P.S. Where's the Violaman.com hat? cool

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October 21, 2011 - 7:03 pm
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HeadCheese said:

Thanks for the review, Violaman.

That is a good-looking instrument, and you really make it sing! 

I can tell how much you enjoy playing it, too. It makes me want to play all that much more.

In fact … I'll be back in about an hour or so.violastuden

P.S. Where's the Violaman.com hat? cool

Didn't want to be 100% similar. I am not convinced yet that I am the real Violaman.beg

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