On my family’s vacation we went to the American Girl store in Chicago. The violin set had been on my list of things since I got a violin of my own. I was trying to decide between the cupcake set and the Violin. (Note to self-decide what to get before you go to an american girl store.) I had money for both, but I didn’t want to spend all my money. I decided on the violin set because my dolls already have cupcakes. It is the first day of school for me, so I decided to review the violin set and compare it with my violin.
The set is $34 and it comes with a music stand, two books, rosin, a case, a bow, and of course, a violin. One of the books is a theory book, and the other is a Christmas song book. They both stand up on their own. I HATE theory books, but the books are actual books, with real music. The set comes with a little block of rosin in a case. I don’t like this. It would make the rosin really hard to use. The bow is made out of plastic, with plastic strings. The little thing at the end turns, but doesn’t do anything. I was happy to see the case. Although it doesn’t open very much it is well made. The outside is a durable plastic, textured to look like leather. The inside is blue fuzzy material, with two ribbons to tie the violin in. The handle turns, and the plastic buckles close. Now we have the violin. Although it is plastic, it is very nice. The strings make noise, although the bow won’t.
There is nice scroll work, and the tuners really turn. There is a shoulder rest too. The last thing is the stand. It is made out of metal, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece. A bolt thing is underneath so you can rotate the holderything. The books actually fit on the stand. The pole is supposed to be adjustable, but it wouldn’t stay in place so I tied a rubber balloon to it, so I can slide it around and keep it where I want it. Eileen can kind of hold the case, but she can’t stand. I love that the violin can be held if you adjust it right. She can hold the bow. But this is the closest she can get to playing it. I put the cases side by side. Mine is blue also, but it has room for two bows, a pocket for the rosin, and velcro instead of ribbon. The bows side by side. And the rosin. The doll violin looks a lot like mine. They both have a shoulder rest. And they both are fun to play with.
I wish it had come with a shoulder rest. I can’t play my violin without it, but the set didn’t come with one, so I guess I will just have to make one.
I give this set 4/5 stars, for the stand, the rosin and no shoulder rest. Other than that I love the whole set. I think the price is very reasonable, as there is a lot of pieces, and most of them are well made.