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Windsor MI-1008 1/2 Size Violin Outfit Including Case Designed for Kids
- Spruce Top
- Ebony Colored Fingerboard With Tuning Pegs
- Complete with Carry Case, Horsehair Bow and Rosin
- Suitable Up to Grade Five
- Suitable for Ages 7-9 yrs.
- NOTE: Kindly refer the Instructional Video from the Image Section and User Guide from the Technical Specification before use which is highly recommended.
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- Windsor Violin
- Horsehair bow
- Plush Lined Protective Case
- Bridge (stored separately)
Why Choose Windsor?
Designed for a comfortable learning experience, the Windsor violin is a quality beginner instrument perfect for students, hobbyists and enthusiasts alike suitable up to grade 5.
Its beautifully crafted body with ebony style features not only make the Windsor violin a classically elegant instrument and great addition to any musicians musical collection but give the player confidence through quality materials allowing easy learning.
The Windsor Violin features a contoured maple body with a spruce top that offers the player a vibrant, yet warm tone. A well-crafted instrument, the Windsor violin has been manufactured to perfectly suit students and enthusiasts.
The violin comes complete with an ebony-style chin rest and integral tail-piece, allowing fine adjustments to the strings for accurate tuning. The traditional horsehair bow is adjustable and can be loosened for transport.
The friction-based ebony style tuning pegs push in and hold the strings in place for lasting tuning, while the unvarnished necks rear enables the player to move freely up and down the neck for a smoother playing experience.
The plush-lined protective case features foam construction with molded support, making it ideal for transporting the violin whilst keeping it safe from knocks and scratches. The case also features a zip pocket and accessory compartment.
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The Windsor violin is the perfect instrument for students and will last most up to Grade 5 standard. With a spruce top, ebony colored tuning pegs and fingerboard and fine tuning adjusters, it produces a bright tone and comes complete with a wood/horsehair bow, plush lined lightweight case and rosin. The Windsor violin is available in 4 sizes, either to purchase on its own or with an accompanying Absolute Beginners Violin book. To help with correct size purchase, please see guide chart below. To avoid damage in transportation, the bridge will be down but can be easily set up with the help of the included owner guide which will also assist with tuning and bow care. Size Guide * With the left arm fully extended out perpendicular to the body (as if holding a violin) measure from the middle of the left palm to the neck Violin Size Full Size - Arm Length 23.5”+ approx. age 10+ ¾ Size - Arm Length 22”-23.5” approx. age 9-11 ½ Size - Arm Length 20”-22” approx. age 6-10 ¼ Size - Arm Length 17.5”-20” approx. age 4-7
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The bridge is not fitted for the instrument, so the strings fall a few millimeters too high from the fingerboard but it is definitely playable. If you were to purchase this for a child that was taking lessons or playing in school, I would recommend taking it to a luthier to have the bridge fitted properly at the very least... better strings and possibly sound post adjustment would be a plus too.
The case is suprisingly nice with backpack straps and is very light. The bow is playable, but definitely a bit rough and unrefined feeling when holding with a proper bow hold.
The instrument also comes with clear setup directions that, at a glance, looked accurate and easy to understand for a beginner.
Overall I would recommend this to a potential student on a very tight budget, since it is playable with a few adjustments. I've also had several clumsy students prone to dropping their instrument, and I feel this is a decent starter violin if you can't afford to rent/have decent instrument insurance with a child that may not be exceedingly careful about taking care of a delicate instrument. For the price, I did not expect anything more than what I received. Bravo, Windsor, for a decent very inexpensive budget model student violin.
First off, let me say that I ordered this on Prime Day, got 20% back in future points and had a few extra points already stored up, so this already very inexpensive violin cost me about 25 bucks.
I've been playing the guitar for about 20 years, dabbled in bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano and occasionally drums. I've always loved playing music and I'm almost entirely self taught. I really wanted to give the violin a try and this seemed like an inexpensive way to see if I would enjoy it. I figured if I ended up hating it, I'd only be out 25 bucks and could always use it as firewood.
I am very pleasantly surprised with this violin. Mine came complete with strings, a bow, rosin, a decent case and the everso important bridge piece that I noticed had apparently not been included with many orders as I read the reviews for this product. It's all strung up now, tuned and my bow is rosined. I've spent a few hours trying to figure out how to play it and I've enjoyed it very much.
NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF. If you don't have a rudimentary knowledge of stringed instruments, do not consider yourself handy in the slightest, and/or you are unwilling to put in some time learning how to assemble this violin, do not buy it. It comes strung, but you'll have to set the bridge. This is not an easy task, but there are many videos that will assist you in the process and I highly recommend that you watch them first. It's not the hardest thing you'll ever do, but it's also not a simple task that will take a few minutes. You'll need patience to set the violin up, but you'll be rewarded later.
Tuning the violin is very, very important. And it's equally important that you take your time and do it properly. As with any stringed instrument, new strings need to stretch before they will hold a tune. You must tighten the strings very slowly and at very tiny increments. There are also videos that let you hear what each string is supposed to sound like. Please use them as you tune your violin. Get your strings close to the correct note and stop. Let the strings adjust and stretch, as they will fall out of tune quickly at first. Put the violin down and walk away. Trying to get all the new strings in tune immediately is poor technique and it's literally impossible. Use the tuning pegs, get the strings close, allow the strings to stretch a while, and return to tuning. I let my violin "rest" an entire day before I attempted to finely tune it. If you try to get it perfect the first go round, you will break your strings and be a very unhappy future violinist. Use the fine tuners to get the note down perfectly, but only after you let the strings rest and stretch a bit.
This is not a fine, high quality instrument. It's a $40 beginner model, but I certainly wouldn't consider it a toy. It's perfect for someone who wants to see if the violin is for them. My violin is sturdy, the sound post is in the correct position, the finish is nice, the case is better than expected, my rosin is fine and it came in one piece, the bow is adequate and the strings are also adequate. I'm sure that sooner than later I'll be replacing the strings with a higher quality brand, and I can already see the usefulness of a better bow. You also might want to add a shoulder rest, I think I will in the near future. But for now, this is more than enough to get me started on the road to playing the violin. All in all, for the price verses the quality, I couldn't be happier. I would recommend this product. Thanks for taking the time to read all this. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.
The bridge was cut to fit the violin and I was able to easily install it. Mine was trimmed already, so there would be no room to adjust it further and it would need to be replaced if it was cut too short (I don't know if it's fit right, but the instrument sounds just fine). One of the pegs tends to slip, but only when the air is very dry (as happens in the winter). You'll be more comfortable if you up your humidity in your house a bit anyway, but if you can't, you can put a sponge humidifier in your case. I did buy some peg stick for the loose peg, but I've found that adjusting the humidity pretty much solved my issue.
The accessories: My G (the string on the peg that slips) is already fraying, but that happens. I bought a few sets of replacements for all the strings because I know I'll eventually need them anyway. The bow had one loose horsehair and is a bit roughly hewn, but you know what? It works perfectly fine. I read that people don't like the rosin. It's clear and I'd only ever used brown rosin, but it works. You have to score it with a knife, but that's true of every rosin I've ever had. Mine is rectangular and not the round shown in the image. The only problem I have is with the case. I love the green liner (the color - the velvet has a low thread count) and the internal features all work perfectly and feel sturdy, but one of the zippers is broken. One still works fine, and there's a velcro clasp as well, so it doesn't really effect the usability of the case.
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Violin is extremely difficult to tune and STAY in tune. If I can’t keep it in tune, then my efforts on learning to play it is all for nothing.Read more
Kids have not destroyed it yet.