The Cremona SV500 premier artist violin is a handcrafted model that features well selected tone woods and transparent varnish highlights.
Made from solid maple and straight grained hard spruce, this model offers smooth tones and a clean sound.
Most consumers were pleasantly surprised at how easy this model is to tune, handle and play. You just don’t expect that from an instrument that costs so little.
The reason for the low price is that Cremona is a Chinese manufacturer, but the standard issues don’t apply in this case. They have an excellent reputation in the industry and it is well-deserved.
Cremona SV500 Review
Buying a new violin, even for a beginner, can be a bit nerve wracking, especially if you’re not sure how to identify signs that it doesn’t offer the type of quality you’re looking for. But this model by Cremona truly stands out from the crowd.
This Chinese company has a reputation in the music industry for producing high quality pieces at an affordable cost and they really outdid themselves with this violin.
Designed for the beginner, this model is actually great for the advanced student or the pro, as well. Equipped with a lightweight rigid foam case and a well-balanced bow, this is the complete starter package that has a lot to offer in terms of longevity, style and overall quality.
With first rate workmanship and tone, the lightweight four tuner tailpiece and prelude steel strings offers only the best tone quality for users of any age. The violin also comes with a solid, genuine horsehair bow, violin care products and a hard shell case.
SV500 Pros and Cons
If you’re looking for a step above a pure beginner’s model, then this is the violin you’ve been searching for.
This model provides a very open sound making it perfect for advanced players, too. It features an all-around solid build, which makes it the perfect choice for beginners or younger players.
Most consumers agree that this model offers the best tone quality for the more advanced student, among all the beginner instruments. The flamed maple, combined with the hand applied red and brown varnish gives the violin an elegant, professional look.
The Stradivarius chin rest is comfortably shaped. The ebony fingerboard and fittings and the lightweight composite tailpiece are all hand carved.
The solid body features an elegant finish and handcrafted details that give this violin the appearance of a violin suited for the pros.
Consumers also reported that the customer service team is easy to deal with and quick to respond and resolve any quality issues. We often expect Chinese companies to do a poor job with customer service, but there are always exceptions and Cremona is one of them.
Some consumers reported that the pegs tend to slip frequently while tuning, but the use of peg dope can remedy this issue.
While the body of the violin is generally described as beautiful, the neck on the violin looks a bit more like an afterthought. It works perfectly, but just doesn’t give the impression that as much care was put into this component as the body.
Some consumers complained that the violin’s sound post is shorter than the standard size, but this doesn’t really have any noticeable impact.
If that is an issue, or if you are looking for more of a pure entry-level model, check out the D Z Strad Violin Model 101, which is offered at a comparable price.
Cremona Premier Artist Violin Review: Conclusion and Rating
Marketed for the beginner, the Cremona SV500 Premier Artist Violin provides a clean sound and offers excellent quality, which is why we also recommend it for a more advanced player.
Consumers who purchased this model gave it a rating of four and a half out of five stars for overall quality and style. We give it a Musicaroo rating of 4.7 out of 5.
A beautiful, well-crafted violin. The affordable pricing makes it a steal and there’s no need to worry about the Chinese origin in this case. Cemona has a good reputation that is well-deserved.