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Stentor, 4-String Violin (1500 4/4)

$239.84

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Specification: Stentor, 4-String Violin (1500 4/4)

Item Weight

3.1 pounds

Product Dimensions

6.25 x 31.5 x 11 inches

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Country of Origin

China

Item model number

1500 4/4

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer

No

Date First Available

May 1, 2009

Back Material

Maple

Color Name

Brown,Red

String Gauge

Other

String Material

Bronze

Top Material

Spruce

Number of Strings

4

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10 reviews for Stentor, 4-String Violin (1500 4/4)

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  1. Mr S.

    For now I should mention that this is not a complete review, I will update it again after I learn how to play this instrument.

    -First, the Violin came packaged in a longer box which inside happens to be the violin encased in its own protective and portable case that has red color from the outside and blue color on the inside.

    -The case holds the Violin with a strap in the middle where the fingerboard is and at the tip of that is a little compartment holding a tub’ of rosin which is as good as garbage, literally throw it in the big “I think”

    -The bow. I’ve seen some review what to look for in a bow and this didn’t seem to have that even weight to it. AKA – a let down.

    -After I rosined the horse hair of the bow and turned the little knob clock wise in order to straighten it, I have (obviously) observed that I may have either put too much or the quality of it shows itself through gusts of powder when testing the cords of the Violin.

    -Now the Violin. SAAAADly, the Violin has some scratch marks on the body and did not have any protective wrap around it whatsoever. Either used or poor quality control like usual. Another SAAAAADLY part is that because I’m noob, I have plucked it the wrong way and the E string fell down, seems like the E slit on the bridge is not deep enough. Luckily I have found on youtube how to repair this. (lucky). I had bought a tuner it worked well but I do have to do it regularly …
    -WHERE IS THE SHOULDER REST???

    -The chin rest seems fine.

    -Soft feeling on the fingerboard. Guess that is fine? No idea atm.

    Oh yeah. I cannot make any good sounds whatsoever!

    I will update after a month from now if I don’t forget. Until then, I’ll practice on Piano and Guitar.
    Wish me luck and hope you buy a separate rosin if you consider this Violin. Or better, go buy one in person, even if you must go to a different town like I should have done.

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  2. E. M. Currie

    at about 11 years old, your child will need a full sized violin and this is a low cost way to achieve this and will be suitable to grade 6. A well made item and we are all very pleased with it

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  3. Angel P.

    I feel like it is very decent quality. It took some time to get it set up and tuned properly but seems to stay in tune ok. Tuning a stringed instrument is part up playing it. Some have said the bow and rosin that comes with it is not very good. I think the bow is just fine but you do want to order different rosin. You may want to change strings but the ones on it will be fine at first. It arrived well packaged and in perfect condition. I am very happy with my purchase.

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  4. Alberto Mercade Mosqueira

    I always wanted to learn the violin, and never had the chance. But even at my age, and when I found an opportunity to get it, after lots of research in my country and online (including here in Amazon) finally I decided for the Stentor II student violin… And I don’t have words to describe that I hit the jackpot in my decision.

    This instrument is great; amoung tons of chinese brands and products, you can feel the quality of this one. It is solid, the makes are good and the material is what they describe. It is one of the most expensive from its category, but believe me it worths any penny. It has been helping me to learn at home in the free time. The strings are not the best but you can always get better quality strings like Dominant’s, but before you spend that money the ones it comes with can help you to understand and practice the basics. When you can already play better, you can change them and the sound will be infinite better.

    Almost 7 months and I am starting to practice and play “Nearer my god to thee”. Takes time, you need to be patience, but slowly you will see the results.

    The bow has good quality but the rosin is cheap, however it works good for the bow; and the case is formidable, very good and solid, with a pocket for your shoulder rest.

    What else you need beside what the pack offers? Basically you’ll need a violin mute (to avoid your neighbors kill you, it has a strong voice), a shoulder rest (if your neck is large), a tuner (The’re many cheap here in Amazon), and a couple of soft flannels, one to clean the violin after each rehearsal and one for your neck to avoid get scratched by the violin’s button and chin rest bracket.

    Beside that, the looks it has is stunning, any person I showed it to him/her, that person falls in love with it.

    Edit: Added a couple of pics of mine, for those asking about the color. It is not as red as the promotional pics shows; it is kinda light brown, but still a beauty piece.

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  5. Alberto Mercade Mosqueira

    When I bought this violin I felt guilty for not having bought another one. Now more than 6 months later, I have to say I love this violin, it’s so sturdy from my point of view. One day I decided to change strings, it was something I had never done before, so it had some flaws over the process. Suddenly, the whole wood brdige piece jumps off from the violin, when I picked it up I thought it was broken, but it was okay, nothing broken, so for me that’s a great quality. I live in a south american country and believe it or not, violins are as expensive as they get and they are not good quality, so I feel relieved and happy to have this thing with me everyday I self-teach myself. Also, the cover is really sturdy and protects the violin entirely. As a begginer I really recommend this violin, maybe after conquering the techniques and schemes of this, you can think of upgrading or stick with it.

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  6. Kindle Customer

    High Quality violin. I had never even thought of playing a violin and on a quirk, looking through the violins I chose this one. Found a wonderful instructor and started. My instructor said that the strings needed to be changed and I needed a different bow. Did that at his advice and he told me last week that it was really a high quality violin, had an excellent sound and I did good. At the price I thought I was getting a student or beginner quality, but this violin is really excellent. Did I say I am in my 80’s? and a beginner?

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  7. J. Tant

    So if you’re here, it must be Instrument Procurement Season for your son or daughter who is starting in your school’s orchestra. Or maybe you’re looking to learn. Anyway, I like this axe. Why? Well, first, let me set the stage…

    Two years ago my oldest decided he wanted to play violin in school. I bought him a Mendini MV300 which, while certainly not a premium instrument, was enough to pique his interest once set up. However, that instrument required a lot of love before it was in condition to play, including work on the nut to bring the action down a bit, bridge work, and I even had to mess with the soundpost a bit. It plays better, but it will always be an instrument that is overly limiting. So when kid #2 decided to play the violin as well, I was able to draw off that experience, and it led me to this instrument. As before, I decided to buy after comparing rental terms with the purchase price.

    Now a fair word of caution…this is NOT a professional-level or even an advanced-level instrument. To judge it on those terms would be unfair and to do the product a disservice. What this IS, however, is an instrument that will not get in the way of a student learning the violin.

    First, on the concept of buying an outfit. BEWARE of package deals that offer you everything under the sun, especially if it comes at a price point that a simple violin+bow+case only barely matches. The dollars you are spending on a giant outfit are dollars that are NOT going into the violin, and in the music world, quality comes with price. Simply put, you want the violin to be the major price component of anything you buy. That money is buying you better tonewood (all wood is NOT the same…you want real solid spruce for the top because of its density and tonal qualities), ebony fittings (in particular the fingerboard but also the pegs) and good craftsmanship.

    This Stentor violin (which is a Stentor II) offers this to you. Granted, it’s not an antique, nor is it a professional-level rig, but it is something that isn’t going to block a student from learning. When properly set up (more on this in a minute), it has a tone that belies its price point. Simply put, it’s eminently playable and represents a major value for the money. Moreover, it has staying power…it will remain a good instrument throughout the student’s learning path, at least to advanced stages.

    That isn’t to say you have no part to play in this. PLEASE PLEASE take the time to get this instrument set up correctly in the few weeks or so after receiving it. I say few weeks because some adjustments, like string height, are more subjective than others. But main things to consider:

    -The peg box. The pegs are cut in a cone shape and fit through the peg box. This shape is intended to create resistance so the strings do not come loose. An easy way to see if the construction is sound is to look at the hole in the peg box opposite of each peg…the end of the peg should be flush with the opposite side of the peg box. If it isn’t, the pegs need to be reshaped. In my experience this is the main reason why pegs slip.

    -The soundpost. Placement of the soundpost is key. If it’s in the wrong spot, the instrument will sound flat. Adjusting this is tricky and you probably want a professional luthier to do it for you.

    -The nut. This is the raised section right behind the peg box through which the strings fit (in little grooves) on their way to the bridge. An overly high nut means the string height is high and consequently requires more effort to push down. Lowering the nut will lower the action. My rule of thumb is that the string should be one string diameter over the fingerboard. However, this may be personal preference and some people prefer higher string actions.

    -The bridge. This is something you could do yourself if you’re handy with wood. Mainly, the bridge needs to be perpendicular to the violin body. The feet of the bridge need to be curved so it is sitting flat on the top of the violin. If the bridge is leaning or if the feet aren’t flush, the vibrations will not be transmitted efficiently to the body of the violin. Examine the bridge and make certain it’s not warped, and in particular that it’s in the right location (it should be lined up with the little notches in the middle of the F holes).

    -The strings. This rig includes Red Label strings which are….fine, I guess. They will stand up to a beginner whaling on them. But for tonal quality, I found best results from synthetic core strings. Dominant is the favorite, though I have a soft spot in my heart for D’Addario Pro Arte Nylon core. Note that strings are not a trivial investment, but it’s the single component you can add that will make the instrument sound like it cost hundreds of dollars more.

    For the instrument I received, the peg box was perfect. I did need to adjust the bridge a bit, but overall and for a mail-order instrument…this thing arrived pretty much in 100% condition. I didn’t have to spend hours setting it up.

    All this talk and I didn’t mention the other components. The bow is really quite serviceable and actually has a quality winding. It’s wood, not fiberglass, which I think is vastly superior. The frog is also ebony, speaking to the overall quality of this product set. As for the case, it’s handy and sturdy, though there isn’t much room inside the case for accessories like rosin or strings. An instrument cover is included with the case. Use it.

    Now then, next steps (and I apologize for this review dragging on so long, but buying a violin is NOT a trivial exercise). Buy new rosin (I prefer the Super Sensitive brand, light), as the rosin included here isn’t much good. And even though the Red Label strings are…OK, buy some synthetic core strings or at the very least some D’Addario Preludes. It will make a difference. Note well that new strings (including the ones that come on this instrument) will stretch over days and even a week or so before they settle down…so you will need to retune very regularly over that time frame.

    So takeaway – this is a superior instrument for the student, and in fact it’s probably the best in class. I found the construction to be very good (yes, it’s made in China. But it’s evidently made in the part of China that doesn’t make cheap flip flops.) with no sign of hasty mass production. The varnish was evenly and properly applied, and there were no loose joints, chips, cracks, etc. It has a tone and playability that will not prevent your student from learning, nor will it encourage bad habits. In sum…it’s a very good instrument.

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  8. albo ien stein

    It seems ok for be price, but if you expect a good finish, this is not for you. For beginners looking to trash it to start with might do. But we had a terrible experience with the two placed with Reidy’s. The first one arrived previously used, scratched and stained. Even the Rosin was used. Horrible disappointment. The replacement had a very bad paint finish, so returned both and ordered another one elsewhere.

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  9. Robert

    This is my first ever violin and i have to say i am so happy with mine, It came all set up in a really nice padded case and the bow is really nice and not too heavy, I brought a shoulder rest separately as this does not come with one, and some more better quality Rosin but this is a very nice Violin which plays lovely and although i am not good at playing it does sound nice when i practice my scales, There are fine tuners too on every string so no need to tune it from the pegs as this can brake the strings with any violin, It looks and feels great quality, I would recommend any one to get this violin, i really do not think you would regret it.

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  10. Drummer

    Having not played a violin for over 30 years, I was very undecided between buying the Stentor 1 or Stentor 2 student violin, as there appeared to be very little discernible difference between them both, other than 1 being cheaper than 2. I didn’t want to spend out on a more expensive violin to begin with, until I was sure I wanted to continue playing longer term. The Stentor 1 or 2 was what was recommended by a number of reviewers, plus the Online Piano & Violin Tutor on You Tube, who’s lessons I’ve been using to teach myself during the lockdown.

    In the end I settled on the Stentor 2, as I felt that the music played in all of the videos using the Stentor 2, sounded slightly smoother and a richer in tone, than when played on the Stentor 1. Violins can sometimes sound like a bag of screeching cats to begin with, so for both our families sake, and that of our neighbours, I felt the less scratchy the better, and I have in deed found this violin to be much smoother and nicer sounding than the rubbish one I had back in school.

    We found the violin tuned up very well, first time around. I asked my more musically experienced other half to tune it for me, so as to make sure I was starting out with the correct notes. He used an online violin tuning video and his musical ear, and didn’t have any trouble or break any strings – apparently the trick is small, slow and steady turns, and to use the fine tuners, so as not to put too much strain on the strings! I think spare strings would have been a good extra in the starter package, especially for the beginner, as it’s quite easy to break the strings when tuning if you haven’t done it before.

    I’ll be investing in a digital tuner that attaches to the body of the violin for a more accurate tuning (D’Addario PW-CT-14 NS Micro Violin Tuner) for when I have to re-tune the violin by myself. I will also be purchasing a decent shoulder rest, at the minute I’m using a folded tea towel as padding during practice – I had forgotten how much violins can dig into your collar bone!

    One other thing that I will mention, is that there are better quality rosins available to buy, such as Sartori resin, which is expensive but it lasts for years. The one that comes free with this Stentor 2 violin is ok, it makes the bow work, but there are better quality rosins out there which is important for sound quality. At a later date, as I progress, I’ll probably invest in a set of better quality strings – such as D’Addario Prelude 4/4 Scale Medium Tension Violin String Set, to replace the ones the violin came with, though I think they are fine to start off with.

    All in all, for a relatively cheap starter violin, the sound is nice, it tunes up well, it arrived quickly, and it looks good. I’m very happy with my purchase.

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