Absolutely Blown Away By: Bradley B
About a month ago I decided to try the violin after wanting to play for over a decade. To test the waters, I purchased a Cecilio CVN-300. While it was on the way, I rented a viola from a local music store (they were out of violins). I also ordered a Yamaha YSV-104 electric violin. I was trying to see and research what makes a quality violin and what qualities would help me bond with the instrument.The Cecilio, while "functional" at first, broke two weeks after I got it. With minimal pressure, the tuning peg snapped right in half. It was too late when I found the Kennedy Violins YouTube channel and watched "Student Violin Comparisons". I definitely felt silly.I was not unhappy with my Yamaha YSV-104. It is a good instrument. I just didn't bond with it. In truth, I kept coming back to the viola, because it is high quality and rich in tone.I looked deeper into Kennedy Violins due to stellar Amazon reviews, the amount of information on their products, and how they attempt to educate newer players via their videos of the dos and don'ts of the violin. I learned invaluable lessons. During this, I found the Louis Carpini. I liked the way it looked, and I liked its tone in KV's videos playing it. I felt safe and confident enough to take the dive.I can say that it is probably the best violin purchase I could have made, especially at this price point. I spent an entire month, hours at a time, exploring my options. So much work has gone into the setup of the violin (ultra important), and this attention to detail was consistent on the entire outfit. The violin itself is extremely beautiful. Mine has a reddish tint, and its cut of maple has the very nice holographic-effect on the back you get from high quality wood. The sides, although not flamed, have that same effect. As for the tone, it is difficult to describe through text alone, but it is very rich and not too bright. When people say it is "even across the registers", they are telling the truth.Overall, I am so happy about my purchase. It is also nice to know I will be able to trade it in for credit towards my next violin when I progress further in my playing. I felt inclined to leave a review because in my research, information on string instruments is not easy to find and the violin market is not very easy to understand. I would have very much liked to skip all the confusion and mistakes and have started with KV in the first place. I hope this review helps anyone who is confused like I was.