Violin Review: Louis Carpini G2 by Kennedy Violins | Violin Lounge TV #541

by | Jan 31, 2024 | 2 comments

What to look for when buying a violin?

In this review of the Louis Carpini G2 violin outfit by Kennedy violins, I will give you buying tips for your first violin or upgrading your current one

Most important when buying a violin is how it sounds and how it plays

This might seem simple, but in the end it must be pleasure to tune and play and you must like the tone of the instrument. 

A professional set up, like done at Kennedy violins, ensures that the violin is easy to tune, stays in tune (tuning stability) and is a pleasure to play.

What a good violin is made of

To ensure durability of the instrument and to prevent warping of parts, the violin should be made out of good quality materials.

The front and back should be made out of good tone wood, usually maple. The parts, fingerboard and pegs mainly, should be made out of ebony.

Violin set up

The pegs should not only be made out of good quality strong ebony, but should also be fitted by hand to fit into the peg box. This ensures easy tuning and good tuning stability.

The cutting of the bridge is extremely important. If the strings are too low, the strings will slap on the fingerboard and it’s impossible to make a good sound. If the strings are too high, playing will hurt (cut) your finger tips. The curve of the bridge must be just right: you must be able to easily play on one string at a time without hitting others and string crossings must be easy to do.

How the violin sounds

Good tone wood and a professional set up result in a violin that sounds good. This is also very personal. Make sure to test out different violins, so you can discover the sound that you like.

Buying tip from a violin teacher

A premium student violin that you’ll love is the Louis Carpini G2 from Kennedy violins. It’s incredible that this quality instrument comes at a price below $ 700 and that’s even including a beautiful case and a very decent bow. 

Louis Carpini G2 Violin Outfit

Violin Features:

Flamed maple back
Inlaid ebony purfling
Hand-carved, custom-fit French Aubert maple bridge
High-grade ebony pegs, chinrest, fingerboard
Durable composite tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners
Full backup set of wound-steel violin strings
Our 45-day money-back guarantee of complete satisfaction.
Coverage by Kennedy Violins’ Lifetime Warranty

Outfit Accessories:

  • Case: Classic case
  • Bow: Giuliani Brazilwood
  • Rosin: Kaplan Artcraft
  • Accessories: D’Addario Prelude strings installed, string cloth, extra set of strings (Portland Strings or similar).
  • Recommended Upgrade: D’Addario Zyex strings and Advanced Case

Most valued features:

  • professional set up
  • outfit with bow and beautiful case
  • beautiful sound
  • good value for money

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  1. Yvonne

    Thank you Zlata, this is good!

    • Zlata

      Glad you enjoyed!


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