Andrew Frost: Having trained as a luthier and played flamenco guitar for a number of years before deciding to pick up a cheap £30 violin out of curiosity I would say the following. Assume if spending under £50 on an instrument that is shipped halfway round the world after being "set up" is not ready to play out of the box.
I would highly recommend having the soundpost and bridge set up properly, before you start playing the instrument as playing with these in the wrong place has a very similar effect to playing out of tune on a new Violin while it is warming up.
Also worth mentioning check your tuning pegs fit properly and are not slipping or sticking if they are try a bit of peg compound this will usually work minor miracles on an instrument. If that does not work bring it to a luthier, it should not be too expensive as pegs are cheap and the work is not overly complex if you have the correct tools.
Tayla Holdcroft: Hey Allison, do the tuning keys have to be pushed into the other end of the head of the violin or no? And I bought a violin from eBay and my music teacher at school tuned it for me and after ,when I got home I tried to tune it again but then the bridge collapsed underneath. The bridge is fine but how do I tune it without braking it and how do I fix the problem?
nickydp1322: Haha so basically buy a new violin.
TheHappynot: Is it true heavy tension strings are better for opening up a violins tone? whether its a new violin or a antique violin that has not been played for years?
Alejandro Vidal: Cheap things for everyone! Thanks for the video.
Gayle Maurer: Yes, this has been a great help. I have the Cecilio acoustic electric violin (painted white). It was a Christmas present. I still need to change out to Dominant strings, but I have changed the shoulder rest and the chin rest. I didn't like the ones that came with it. Yesterday we were in a larger city and we visited a wonderful music store and I came home with a new bow (two thirds the cost of the violin). The one that came with the violin doesn't even loosen and tighten properly. All these things can be transferred to a better violin... Eventually!
Dr. SmileyDeer: My violin was £36
Haley Luu: I have Strobel 4/4 ML80 violin. Do you know if this is a good intrument? I am a senior in high school and i am planning on continue to play in college.
Greedy Paul: I got a cheap electric violin yesterday. This is my first string instrument (I have played wind instruments for over 19 years) and I already love playing. The only issue I can't handle is how quickly it falls out of tune. I am fighting intonation every few minutes. The pegs seem to not hold well. Is there anything you suggest to fix this problem?
Andrew Wukusick: The way the violin/viola "warms up" over time is very similar to the guitar, which is caused by the wood grain opening up after a lot of use, allowing the sound to better resonate throughout the wood. There are now machines some companies use that sort of lightly vibrate the instrument for some time to help open up the grain and get that sound right from the shop.
Matthew Barnard: Hey could you do one on pimping electric violins? I'm not sure what to upgrade mine.
Samjozie: Hi Alison, I just purchased a fairly cheap student quality violin as I've always had the desire to learn to play. I've begun watching several of your videos to gain some knowledge before it arrives in the post. very also subscribed! I'm excited to have you as my teacher. Would you recommend I immediately go out and purchase better strings and attach those before I even set it up to play, or should I wait until I get a feel of the lesser quality ones first? I've never played a note so I wouldn't know the difference between a good string or a bad one to start with anyhow.
sky peters: What brand do you use on a Dailey basis
Jackson Catlett: I got my first violin for 34 dollars 😂
RandomKpoper: Where should I get a better bow besides online
Unimpeded Person: My mom bought me the cheap one that's why I have 2 violins, she doesn't know the difference of the quality and prices. And my tutor said my violin was small for my hand.
Rosario Rajkumar: From You teaching and playing, I understand "your violin is your life". Thank You for your invaluable services in the world of violin music.
atelier1975: Very helpful, thank you
Miss Understood (Dandere): I followed this video and got new strings for my $67 mendini cecilio violin and a fretboard. turned out my bridge was also in the wrong place. sounds WAY better now!! guys, it works!!!
Mark Chen: Personal experience- strings are the post important change- just changed from dominants to Evah pirazzis