We Test and Improve the CHEAPEST $ 29 Violin from AliExpress | Violin Lounge TV #381
Can we make this cheap beginner violin sound good with a master setup?
In this video we let you hear the difference of each step of the upgrade:
Can we, a violinist and a violin maker, make a cheap violin sound great?
That was the question violin maker Rob van der Haar and I took up when buying a complete violin set at AliExpress for just $ 29. You can find this violin right here, but we recommend watching the full video before considering to buy it.
The playability and tuneability of this violin are the biggest problems
As a beginner violinist you might want to settle for the sound quality. However you wouldn’t want to settle for snapping strings, a violin that can’t be played in tune and a bow that really can’t do it right.
In the video above you see what difference the strings make as we put a set of over $ 100 on the violin (Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold strings).
With several bows, including my own, we hear what difference a bow makes. Getting a $ 29 Yinfante bow would be a sensible upgrade to this AliExpress violin.
As a violin maker Rob is specialized in sound optimization. Want to know more about Rob’s work? Check out his website.
In the video Rob does various measurements and makes an analysis of this instrument.
After he makes a new bridge and soundpost, which makes a huge difference.
Beginner violins we suggest you buy instead
On a VERY tight budget, you could consider a Glarry violin outfit for $ 67. Watch my review right here.
For around $ 250, the amount that the AliExpress is worth after our improvements, you can better get yourself a Tower Strings Rockstar violin outfit I review right here.
It would cost $ 500 to make the AliExpress fully playable. For that amount you can get a Fiddlerman Concert violin that in whole sounds and functions a lot better. Besides that it comes with a good bow, case and more.
What do you think about the results?
I’d LOVE to read your opinion in the comments below!