dealslauren violin with case and bow for $39.95

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the same one with the negative review saying it's not worth the $40.

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I could totally mount a tommy gun in this sucker!

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The negative review on Amazon was based on the guy's inability to keep the pegs from slipping. This is likely from inexperience with violins. ALL pegs slip. We use the graphite from pencils and/or peg drops to keep the pegs in place.

A $40 violin is liable to be worth about $40. Keep that in mind. That said, if you're just getting into violin, it could be the perfect way to see if you will be interested for more than a week. No rental contract. No strings attached, as it were (no pun intended).

My first violin was a cheapo $50 on-sale Austin Bazaar violin kit. It didn't stay in tune very long (cheap strings) and the Chinese factory-stamped bridge was mis-cut, so it was a bit less like a violin and a bit more like a fiddle bridge. But it was VERY much enough for me to know that violin was something I wanted to do.

When I bought a proper student kit for about $150 a year later, I gave my old violin to a friend who wanted to try, and she loves it.

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@eneref: You're right. This is an ideal entry violin, especially for anyone who isn't quite sure about their desire to learn to play. As a parent, I would be more receptive to shelling out $40 instead of $100+ only to realize that Little Suzie will never be able to make "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" into a recognizable tune.
Years ago while stationed in Newport,RI, we purchased a student violin for our eldest. It was made by a retired Naval aviator & I think we paid about $99.
Our neighbors suffered along with us the sounds of someone shaving a cat that fall. #1 child stuck with the violin for two years but gave it up when the new school system we moved to wasn't equipped for string instruction & she switched to the flute. I would feel less guilty with a $40 violin tucked under our bed rather than the little gem we have now.

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goingtoday.com has terrible customer service and sells defective items knowingly and often. Good luck reaching their RMA department or any department, for that matter. No deal is worth buying through this company.

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Just to be fair, I have had several very good experiences with goingtoday. Also, I have purchased one of these violins and they are worth the money. It was going to cost $40 to start a rental contract on a used instrument!

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Note that
* you can often rent a violin for 6mo or something to try out the idea
* my kids' orch teacher referred to online-avail violins (not this particular one specifically) as "violin-shaped objects".

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@billseitz: not for 40.00 for 6 months can you rent an instrument. We rented my guitar in the 80's for 60.00 a month...I doubt the prices have gone. I think this is a good purchase and if the child loses interest then you can yard sale the item or goodwill it for the next parent.

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$40 violins will give you a $40 sound. If you just want to see if you're interested in violin, this could be a good deal, but if you're actually looking to invest a good instrument, I would look somewhere else.

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This would definitely be just to try the instrument out. Even so, if it doesn't stay in tune or sound good, what's the point?

I had a $2200 violin back in the late 80's and it sounded good. We had to sell it and I had a $300 loaner from a school for a while but it was so bad in comparison I quit playing. Those prices are from 20 years ago, so adjust accordingly.

Ergo! Concordantly! Vis-a-vis!

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Slipping pegs are a huge problem in many inexpensive instruments because (1) the pegs are poorly fitted; and (2) the pegs may be made of plastic or extremely low-grade wood that has been colored to look like ebony. I've purchased several "eBay-grade" violins to convert them from violin-shaped objects into actual playable instruments. Count on replacing the strings and possibly the bridge and pegs. Once you do all that, you might have a nice little instrument--but you can often get all that right out of the box for under $200 if you buy a slightly better finished instrument.

I can't speak to the Lauren violin, but one of my low-grade fiddles is now in my instrument rotation and gets played fairly frequently. The other, however, is an excellent candidate for conversion into a lamp--nothing I could do to it could compensate for the shortcuts taken in its manufacture.