A very nice sounding good quality student outfit from a top European maker. Gliga have a fantastic reputation as a maker of reasonably priced violins that are well made and sound really good.
Although considered to be a beginner's violin, we feel that the Genial 1 goes above and beyond other beginner instruments in both sound and appearance.
Gliga violins are made from very well seasoned European tonewoods. This makes the instrument light in weight and more resonant than some of the Chinese equivalents. This model has a nicely grained Spruce top and though the back and sides have very little flaming, the Maple has been well selected and is finely grained.
The Pegs, Fingerboard, End Button and Chinrest are of quality African Ebony and the instrument is nicely made and well finished.
We have fitted a light alloy tailpiece with integral adjusters and a set of Pirastro Violino synthetic cored strings. These strings suit the violin very well. They are very similar to Thomastic Dominants but settle in more quickly.
The violin plays very well. The A string being particularly well focused, a real advantage as the A string generally gets more use than the other strings. The G string is not quite so warm in tone as the more expensive Gliga violins but this is still a warmer sounding instrument than Chinese instruments of this price.
The violin comes with an Octagonal Brazilwood bow, with unbleached white horsehair and an Ebony frog with Mother of Pearl inlay.
There is also a Hidersine 3V rosin all housed in a good quality dart shaped case with a waterproof black canvas exterior and a navy blue interior. In the case there is room for two bows and a compartment to hold the Rosin. Externally there is a zipped pocket to hold music books and manuscript.
This is not our cheapest beginners outfit but probably one of the best. Very suitable for adult beginners or younger students moving up from a 3/4 sized instrument.
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Customer Comments: A lovely warm sounding violin with excellent strings and the accessories too are beautiful. I am very happy with it, as is my teacher. Our music teacher described it as a "joy to play with perfect action and lovely strings".
Price - £325.00