One of my 6th grade students bought this instrument. Upon first looking at it, I was not impressed with the varnish, I expected a tinny poor quality sound. I played a 2 octave scale up each individual string. The G string was OK. The D and A were quite good. The E was amazing. Usually the E string is loud and brassy, it was beautiful. I would buy a hard plastic case that has latches instead of a zipper (zippers always break). I would buy a Glasser plastic bow and keep this bow in my inventory to use as a spare as other bows go out for re-haring.