Cecilio CVN-600 Viola Review
Hand carved select* solid spruce top with fine grain
Hand carved select* one piece highly flamed solid maple back & sides
Hand rubbed oil finish
Hand inlaid purfling
Ebony fingerboard, pegs and chin rest
Ebony tailpiece with mother of pearl inlaid and 4 gold plated fine tuners
D'Addario Prelude Strings
*aged a minimum of seven years
VAC-60C case featuring: velvet interior, storage compartment, padded neck restraint, bridge protector, velvet blanket, hygrometer, adjustable shoulder strap.
1 VAB-60B Brazilwood bow with mother of pearl inlaid frog and unbleached horsehair
Extra viola bridge
Quality rosin cake
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
Just like anywhere else online, when you order a Cecilio violin, it ships directly from Cecilio's warehouse. Fiddlershop doesn't do any setup work to them.
Cecilio’s instruments can only be sold within the USA.
With the CVA-600, you get what you pay for.\r\n\r\nI wouldn't recommend it to advanced student or intermediate players. The instrument looked and felt cheap. It produced a bright sound, not the warm sound I'm accustomed to from violas.\r\n\r\nI brought mine to an established luthier for a setup. Turns out it required multiple small adjustments that would add up to be pricey. (Around $200) The bridge was too low, the fingerboard and soundpost needed modification, etc. Also, keep in mind that most violin stores won't let you trade in Cecilio instruments if you ever wanted to upgrade. They're generally unreliable, and the seams can fall apart with intense use.\r\n\r\nThere isn't much to say about the case. They had to cut costs, and it's most apparent in the case. I wish the outfit offered one decent bow instead of two poorly balanced, flimsy ones, but if you're a beginner, it won't make much of a difference.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you still want to purchase it��_\r\n\r\nTo improve tonal quality, I suggest replacing the standard rosin with D'Addario and upgrading the strings to at least Dominants or Helicores. Although it will not add much clarity or depth to the instrument, it will make it sound more pleasant.\r\n
If you can save up the little bit extra to buy this model over some of the cheaper models, DO IT. When my Viola first arrived it had a slightly "hollow" sound to it that quickly turned sweet and rich the more I played it, and keeps getting sweeter every day. The bows that come with it aren't the best and neither are the strings. However both of these "stock" items will get you started and probably carry you for a while until you decide which strings and bow to upgrade to.If you are a beginner, this is an instrument that you will not have to upgrade from for a VERY long time. It is more advanced than the cheaper models both in quality and in aesthetics. Beautiful flaming on both the back and sides, and Mother of Perl Inlays everywhere. Unless something unfortunate happens to the instrument I can see me playng this viola until I die or my hands stop working.
good viola for the money, worth it!
For the money, you can never go wrong with this viola. Please do not confuse this viola with ones that are mass produced in a foreign county at the rate of a million per week. This is a fine quality instrument that looks as well as it plays. I would suggest buying a set of Zyex strings to bring out the very best possible tone. If you are a novice, an intermediate, or even an experienced pro, this is an instrument you would be proud to play and enjoy.
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