The Raul Samuela violin is a great sounding instrument for the price. It has a bright tone with a great projection on the higher strings. The Raul Samuela would be a significant sound upgrade from the Matteo, and a similar sound quality to the Vitale.
Description of product from Michael SanchezCEO of Superior Violins, Violin Tutor Pro and Author of "Fiddle for Dummies"
The Samuela violin is a great sounding violin for the price. If you are looking for a sound upgrade from the Matteo, this violin will have a heavier projection, and definitely sound louder on the upper strings. If you struggle to get a loud/clear sound out of your violin, this is an excellent option."
This instrument comes with everything you need to get started. It includes the nice quality violin, equipped with a nice set of strings, nice bow, and a nice case . I consider this my best sounding violin in the under $500 price range."
"The best way to find out if this instrument is a great value is to either trust me, or have me ship it to you on trial. I always choose instruments based on the sound quality, and the Samuela has replaced some of the old instruments on my site that I had in this price range. The wood quality on the Samuela is really great, and is probably the best factory made instrument I can recommend to you."
"Price is always a big factor for students interested in upgrading to a better quality instrument. If you are ready, based on factors such as whether you are going to stick with it or not, I would definitely consider a hand-crafted instrument (most instruments over $1,500). If you were to compare this violin to the Vitale, you would see major differences, but both have their own unique qualities. If you were to compare this violin to the Luciano violin, you would definitely see an improvement in sound with the Luciano since it is hand-crafted. Any hand crafted instrument is going to sound better than a factory made instrument. I offer a great trade-in program where you can purchase this instrument, and later do a trade-in for a more expensive one. This allows you to work your way towards the premium sound by paying over time."
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