Doesn't seem like the best or nicest looking violin that you can buy online at its price point, but you should feel more comfortable buying from Sam Ash then other websites as their costomer service is excellent. They were instantly ready to fix or replace the violin when I described an issue that came up. That being said, I have deffinately enjoyed my time with this violin. As a total begginer, it doesn't feel like I'm playing on a "fake" or copy of an instrument. It feels and sounds like what I thought of a violin.