We did a lot of research, and this is one of the most highly rated violins in this price range. Our daughter is really enjoying it! First-rate sound and great projection. The rich, dark-red varnish and flame pattern on the back are beautiful! Now that she is in a full, we wanted to get her something more advanced that she can keep for a long time, and this was just what we were looking for.
Excellent playability, mellow tone, subtle response, and dynamic projection made this outfit (Andreas Eastman VL305ST, Eastman Strings) a definitive favorite with our review team. The setup proved better than that of many of the other violins we looked at, the pegs worked smoothly and easily, and the striking antique look and rich, dark-red varnish won high praise. The one-piece, flamed maple back and the boxwood-and-ebony fittings displayed exceptional craftsmanship. We are confident recommending the Eastman violin to the advanced student as well as the promising beginner�the violin is one of the best higher-priced models we evaluated and its quality far that of some instruments at comparable prices.
We upgraded from the VL200 to the VL305. WOW, what a difference! The instrument arrived well-packaged and could tell they spent lots of time preparing for the shipment. Strings were loosened and bridge was supported, barely got the thing off. Thank you guys!