The violin model 101 by D Z Strad offers warm notes, forgiving tone shapes and a smooth surface that makes it incredibly easy for pressing and shifting. The violin is hand-carved from aged tone woods and features a classic color. It is understated, but beautiful in its simplicity.
D Z Strad is a company that produces a wide range of musical instruments for every skill level. Their cellos and violins have a reputation for hand-carved quality and that quality extends even to the 101, a model that’s best suited for the beginner. A perfect learning instrument, this violin comes with everything you need to get started.
DZ Strad Assessment
Generally speaking, because this model by DZ Strad is a student violin, it’s not made from the same type of high quality wood you’d expect from intermediate or pro quality violins, but it is still well-constructed from quality materials. The 101 is well-suited for anyone interested in learning and developing their skills.
This is one of the more affordable violins we’ve reviewed and it comes with a free case, rosin and bow, making this a well-rounded starter set for any student. Though it is aimed solidly at beginners, it still offers a sound timbre that meets the standards of advanced musicians.
The violin’s straightforward design makes it extremely playable. Solving and analyzing lesson issues is easier with the 101, because the trainer can hear the learner’s expression purely, instead of having to sift through deviations caused by poor construction of the instrument.
Model 101 Pros and Cons
This model comes with a rosin, case and bow, all of which are essential for the violinist just starting out. This is a handmade violin that comes in all standard sizes. It is described by consumers as both dependable and beautiful. The round, warm tone and overall playability make the 101 a great motivating tool for new students.
Some consumers report being somewhat disappointed with this violin, but in general, these complaints came from consumers who classified themselves as advanced violinists. This is not a model designed for more advanced players.
It’s a starter kit designed for beginners who are interested in learning how to play the violin. It is also a lower priced model that doesn’t use the best quality wood. None of this should come as a surprise, which is why some of the reviews are a bit confusing. If you are looking for a beginner model built with higher quality material should check out the Ricard Bunnel G2 violin instead.
DZ Strad Violin Review Conclusion and Rating
We received quite a bit of mixed feedback regarding the quality of this violin, with positive reviews coming mostly from beginners and negative ones generally coming from more advanced students.
Most agree that for the price, it performs as expected, but it’s definitely not the right violin for advanced players. No surprise, really, since it is not marketed as such.
Well-built and offering warm tones, with a lightweight frame, quality bow and sturdy carrying case, the D Z Strad Violin Model 101 is a good option for the beginner who is just learning the ropes, but it’s definitely not a violin that can keep up with you as your skill level increases beyond the intermediate level.
Consumers who purchased this model gave it a rating of four out of five stars for reasonable pricing, solid build and overall quality. We give it a Musicaroo rating of 4.7 out of 5.