I used to play the bass violin but I've found it difficult to play even simple passages (mainly getting my fingers properly placed to get the proper pitch as well as good bow technique), I haven't used it since getting it set up so decided to offer it up for sale to pay for other studio equipment I could use. -- I had this violin set up (my sister and her partner are professional violinists). NOTE that my sisters partner who did the actually set up told me the bridge looked like it had a little forward lean (he said with the forward pressure on the bridge when strung would put forward tension the bridge so you don't want it to lean forward when not strung). However he as able to position the bridge to sit normally and was pleased that the bridge was indeed fine. I took photos of the bridge in place so you can see how it looks and I also removed it and showed it from the sides so you see how it looks unstrung, you can decide for yourself (but as you can see with the bridge in place it looks normal from what I understand).
After the violin was set up my sister and her partner performed a duet for those gathered that day (it was a violin concerto). I asked about the tone and what he thought about it, he said it had a sweet tone and I could tell he enjoyed it, he is honest and would have told me if he thought it wasn't good (he has of course a higher end violin but loved playing this Scott Cao as he's never played one before).-- From what I've read, there are 4 types of Scott Cao violins (in terms of where and who constructed them). There are the ones Scott Cao makes himself, then below that are the ones made in his California shop, then below that are the ones made in his Chinese workshop (handmade), then below that are the Chinese factory violins (student grade). If I read the date correctly on the interior label this was made in the year 2000 (see the photos of the label).
I was looking at the date again and was thinking maybe it was 2008 instead of 2000 but I believe it is in fact 2000. That makes it 17 years old so it is well on it's way to being broken (I've read on forums that it takes 30+ years for a violin to fully settle in to it's tone).-- As you can see in the photos the violin does have nicks and etc to the finish in places. I've shown many many photos below so you can really see the condition clearly. The fingerboard has some lateral small indents that I preseme are caused by fingering when applying vibrato? Note the much more noticeable INDENT under the E fine tuner (the person that did the set-up didn't like that type of fine tuner because he said if you broke the E string the end of that fine tuner would hit the top plate), it's an indent directly through the finish so be sure you see the photos of that (he showed me that I should have small towels wrapped around under the bridge and tailpiece when storing the violin the case). The headstock appears level with the body and the neck appears straight, I don't detect headstock warping (I've had a few old violins where the headstock was twisted a little). -- The bow is not marked and I presume original to the set, but I don't have anyway to verify that. The case is original to the violin and has the Scott Cao metal plate in the interior. The exterior fabric of the case has split in places on on the seams of the small end, there are also some scuffs on the fabric in other places, so the exterior of the case looks worn in places with the splits in the front (I suppose that could be glued into place, in any case see photos).
I've always left the sound post in place as I don't have the means to remove it myself. The strings will be loosened with towels etc covering the top plate and tucked under the tailpiece etc. Everything will be packed snugly within the case but not too tight or compressed (to allow for pressure changes during transit). -- I don't have a way to arrange for a local pick-up of this item, I'm sorry for the inconvienence. The item "SCOTT CAO STV-500A Year 2000 4/4 Full Size Violin STV-500 A withBow and Case Set" is in sale since Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
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