developerzero wrote:Question to anybody who has bought the violin: is it any good? I've heard bad things about these cheaper violins, but I'm interested in getting one. Comments? Opinions?
Moot because it's sold out now, but please, take it from an orchestra teacher who has seen too many "violin-shaped objects" come in... Yes, it seems like a good deal to get all those items for that price... but to make it playable and anywhere close to decent sounding, it'll cost more in repairs than the violin is worth.
Much better option--go to your local music store and ask about rental instruments (and rent-to-own). Many shops have rental plans that will throw in a free stand and/or book when you start your rental plan, and will help you maintain the instrument (new strings, bow rehairs, other repairs) free with your rental payment. Some will even replace the instrument with no additional cost should something happen to the instrument.
Just my $0.02 as a teacher... It may seem like buying something like this is more economical but it isn't worth the time and money you'll have to spend to make it sound good or fun to play.