This is a review for the eMedia my violin starter pack for beginner violinists. I contacted eMedia and asked if they would be interested in sending a 4/4 violin and they were nice enough to send one over for me to review. If you are looking to buy this set, you can find the eMedia my violin starter pack at most online dealers, but the easiest place to buy the violin is at the eMedia official website. The MSRP (manufacture’s retail price) is listed at $150 USD, but you can sometimes find it cheaper for around $90 if you shop around.
The eMedia my violin Instrument is made out of the following materials-
- · Body: Made with a spruce top with maple Back and sides,
- · Fingerboard: Made of Hardwood (dyed black),
- · Chin rest: Made of Hardwood (dyed black),
- · Tuning Pegs: Note sure, my guess is more Hardwood,
- · Tailpiece: Made with a metal alloy tailpiece with four individual fine tuners.
Items included with the eMedia violin starter pack:
- · A protective bag to protect the violin,
- · A second protective cloth to keep the violin clean,
- · Includes the My violin interactive CD rom lessons,
- · Violin Bow,
- · A cake of Rosin,
- · Extra strings,
- · And a protective Case (Mine had a Dark Navy interior),
For more information about the eMedia my violin CD rom, please click the provided link.
The eMedia violin arrived quickly and on time and although it didn’t have any padding inside of the box the violin was well protected inside of its own case.
The violin was already setup with the bridge set in place and it had two foam blocks to keep the bridge from falling out while shipping. The violin also came with complete instructions on how to put the bridge back on in case it fell out of place, as well as instructions on how to tune your instrument. For the things that the instruction manual didn’t cover, the eMedia my violin CD rom went in more detail to help get you started and ready to play.
The Bad news
I’m going to start my review with all of the bad news first, but don’t get scared off just yet.
After the violin arrived I took it out the box and attempted to tune the instrument. The violin took a long time to get in tune because the pegs slowly kept slipping out of place and I had to fiddle with it (excuse the pun) to get the violin to stay in tune. In total it took me about thirty minutes to fully get the violin to hold its tuning on the first day. I should point out that this is normal because some new strings need to stretch and settle in place, but this continued to happen throughout the week where the strings kept sliping out of tune. I recommend you buy a new pack of higher quality strings to go with the violin.
When I inspected the violin I found some minor cosmetic damage on the body of the violin. There is a very small bruise on the back of the violin near the chin rest and button where the varnish was damaged and chipped away, as well as a very small scratch near the neck; both appear to be manufacturer errors.
Another cosmetic problem I found was near the F holes, for some strange reason they are painted a dark navy color on the inside, and there is also a bit more navy paint on the body of the violin as if they started painting the instrument that color and decided against it. The navy paint isn’t too noticeable- in fact when I showed it to my family they didn’t even spot any of the above mentioned flaws.
The Good news
Now that the bad news is out of the way, let’s get on with the good!
The violin looks and sounds nice once you get it in tune. Based on the string’s packaging they are a Chinese brand of strings. Regardless, the strings don’t sound too bad.
The eMedia violin looks a lot like the Vinci violin set that I reviewed a while ago, I compared the two instruments side by side and there were only subtle differences between them in appearance. I mention this because most beginner instruments use the same basic design. Other than the F hole paint, the violin is painted beautifully, so from a distance no one will notice any of the flaws on the instrument. The eMedia my violin does not have inlaid purfling; it is painted on to the top of the violin, but that is common for beginner violins.
The violin Bow and rosin quality is decent and I was surprised by the sound they gave off.
However, I should mention that the bow did not look like the one depicted in the eMedia pictures. This bow looks like it might have a rosewood frog instead of ebony. I took pictures of everything in the set so you can take a look at them at the top of the article to see what it looks like.
Most beginner rosins sound dreadful right out the box, but this rosin surprising didn’t crumble nor did it make a huge mess. The rosin sticks well to the bow and produces a nice sound, and the bit that fell on the violin came off clean without a trace. I suppose it is more or less similar to the Super-Sensitive original rosin in terms of quality.
I actually really like how the violin case looks; it is probably the one thing I like more than everything else in the violin starter pack. The case has two adjustable clip-on carrying straps so that you can carry it backpack style, as well as a front pouch to hold a few 8×11 notebooks, and a small compartment inside the case to hold rosin and other small accessories. The case is Sturdy enough to protect your instrument from basic bumps and scratches while transporting your violin.
I should point out that the straps on the violin case also have adjustable metal buckles, which I thought was nice to keep the instrument secure. My first guitar had plastic adjustable buckles and they broke on me while I was in the middle of playing and almost ruined my guitar.
eMedia my Violin Overall rating
After playing the violin for a few of days and inspecting it in detail, I have to say that the eMedia violin starter pack is actually pretty good for beginner violinists. Even though I found a few problems with the violin, there is nothing wrong with it that will hinder you from learning how to play.
For this review I only used the items that came with the eMedia violin, but I am sure that if you buy higher quality strings and rosin it will greatly increase the way the violin sounds and should help you get through your initial year of playing the violin. As a bonus, the violin set also comes with the eMedia CD rom lessons which is great for beginners just starting out.
Overall, I give this set an 8 out of 10. It loses a few points for minor cosmetic damage but everything else on it will hold up nicely and will be great for any beginner violinists that are just starting out and learning how to play.
If you want to see more, check out my eMedia my violin starter pack unboxing video.
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