The Best Fiddle for Beginners or Those on a Budget

​The Best Fiddle for Beginners is not exactly accurate. This list actually has three extremely good options for you.  They are very comparable instruments overall, but you (or your teacher) may have a brand preference or like the accessory package of one over the other two. 

Cecilio

CVN-300

Mendini 

MV500+92D

Bunnel

Pupil

Cecilio CVN 300
Mendini MV500
Bunnel Pupil Violin

Type

Acoustic

Acoustic

Acoustic

Tonewoods

Spruce/Maple

Maple

Maple/Spruce

Strings

D'Addario Prelude

D'Addario Prelude

D'Addario Prelude

Price

Fiddles and Violins are such fine instruments that it's worth it to find a good model to start. At the same time, there really isn't a need to spend a ton of cash on instrument you have no idea how to play. Insert our list. 

These three fiddles all are normally priced between $100 and $200. They all come pre-strung with D'Addario Prelude strings and are made of similar tone woods. All have been selected to give you a quality instrument at a great value! 


Cecilio CVN-300 Solidwood Ebony Fitted Violin

The first of our three fiddles for beginners is the ​Cecilio CVN300. This Fiddle can normally be found for around $130 and is the least expensive on the list. This is the middle addition to Cecilio's beginner line. In our opinion, it's the perfect mix of quality and price. 

The cheaper models use laminated or low quality woods, while the CVN-300 sports a spruce top and maple sides and back. You'll also find ebony in places like the fingerboard, pegs, and chin rest.

Last but not least you'll find two Brazil Wood bows and a selection of accessories to outfit a musician new to the instrument. ​


Mendini 4/4 MV500+92D Flamed 1-Piece Back Solid Wood Violin

Very similar to the Cecilio is the Mendini MV500-92D. In fact, it has all of the same parts and materials that the CVN-300 does. 

The craftsmanship is very apparent in this instrument, and leads to it's powerful tone. This is easily a fiddle that could last a beginner several years before needing to upgrade..

The package that comes with this instrument includes two Brazil Wood bows, two bridges, rosin, an adjustable shoulder rest and a hard case. While this is a little more expensive than the Cecilio, it's a great beginner option. 


Bunnel Pupil Violin Outfit 4/4 (Full) Size

The Bunnel Pupil Violin from the Kennedy line is the priciest option we've chosen, but it's still affordable for many at around $190. This instrument offers a few very nice upgrades over the other two. 

The first upgrade you'll find is the custom fit maple bridge. The second, is the oil-based finish rather than a lacquer that many of the cheaper models use. ​These two features really lend themselves to a great sounding fiddle. 

The accessory package that comes with this instrument is not quite as complete as many of the others that can be found at this price point. You do however receive everything you need, including two bows and a nice case. ​


You can spend $50 on a Fiddle, just like to you can pick up a cheap guitar, ukulele, or banjo for that price. The fact of the matter, though, is you will quickly outgrow a cheap, poorly made instrument. 

Did we miss a great Fiddle that is priced and designed with the beginner in mind? Please, comment below and let us know!

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