They gave me a loaner, I still have it, and didn't expect much from it. The bridge looks like it's actually glued to the violin (surely not?!?), strings are tarnished - especially the E, tailpiece seems loose, and if there isn't an actual crack in the wood on the top of the violin there is a seriously deep score in the wood. It's a Snow SV250 from the Xueping Hu Workshop, built in 2013. It has stayed almost perfectly in tune for 5 days now.
Anyone know anything about the Snow SV250? I can't find out anything on the internet. SV200, yes, but not 250. Is it a student violin? Intermediate?
I am not very experienced, but I did not assume that something with all that going on would sound very good. I had little hope of that, just was thankful to have something with which to practice for the estimated week I would be without mine. I had just hoped it would stay in tune - unlike the last loaner I had.
On the contrary, it has a sweet voice, and resonates nicely - indeed it resonates quite a bit better than my own violin. I swear even the harmonics sound better than mine (but mine DOES have fingerboard scoop problems, so that's not a fair comparison, and I'm only a beginner).
One wonders what it would actually sound like with good strings and the other problems addressed. The neck also appears to be just to be a tiny amount smaller - at least I assume so as it's easier to use my 4th, on all strings, but certainly easier on the G string.
If anyone has any information on this model or brand it would be appreciated.Tweet
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