Cecilio Handmade Ebony Viola CVA-500

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Cecilio CVA-500 Review

Viola Features
Hand carved solid spruce top with solid flamed maple back & sides
Satin antique varnish finish
Hand inlayed purfling
Ebony fingerboard, pegs and chin rest
Ebony tailpiece with 4 nickel plated fine tuners
D'Addario Prelude Strings

Outfit includes
VAC-40C light weight form fitting hard case
VAB-40B Brazilwood bow and unbleached horsehair
Extra viola bridge
Quality rosin cake

Available Sizes
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15", 14", 13", 12"
Just like anywhere else online, when you order a Cecilio instrument, it ships directly from Cecilio's warehouse. Fiddlershop doesn't do any setup work to them.

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Beau B.
United States

Expectations exceeded

Let me start by saying that this is a student quality instrument through and through. By that I am referring to the price and the quality of the instruments build. Everyone’s biggest questions about this instrument are possibly going to be: 1) is this instrument worth the price? 2) does it sound any good? 3) is it going to last? The answer to all of these is yes. Definitely. Is it worth the price: absolutely. It’s build quality is surprisingly nice for this low price bracket. It doesn’t look like a high end instrument, but it is still a nice looking and playing instrument. Does it sound any good: yes, it does. It surpassed a $500 viola of mine in a blind sound comparison between me and my teacher. That being said, again, it does not sound like a high end instrument. But it does sound better than its price would suggest. Is it going to last: I believe it will. I bought this instrument on curiosity to see if it was worth keeping and using on a weekly basis. Once I played it, it was easy to decide to do away with my more expensive viola and have this one as my main viola. As with most new instruments in these lower price ranges, you will need to take it to a professional to have some adjustments made. The reality is that buying most “beginner priced” instruments comes with a bit of extra cost to get them working to their full potential. Some better strings, and a proper bridge and string height setup will make this viola a great option for beginners and budget conscious musicians that will exceed your expectations. As a last thought, I would say, definitely get this viola over the cva-400. It features better woods that are common of quality stringed instruments. In my opinion, the cva-400 will not last, and you will want to replace it if you end up progressing in your playing. you will be much happier with the cva-500 in the long run. Happy playing!

Vern K.
United States

Great value!

Ordering and delivery was very efficient. The Viola has a very good sound. Better than expected for this price. I am happy with the buying experience an this instrument.


I definitely recommend

I definitely recommend this Viola over the 400. Decent looking and nice playing viola. On these lower priced instruments its always best to check them over when you get them. Mine had a loose chinrest and a couple loose fine tuners but nothing you cant fix yourself in a few minutes time.well worth the money !!Barry


I was very

I was very impressed with this instrument. Shipping only took about four days, which was a nice surprise. I previously owned a five hundred dollar viola, yet the sound of this one far surpasses it. The one downside is that that the pegs slip, but other than that I would definitely recommend it.

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