I have been wanting to learn to play a violin for a few years now. I found this one on Amazon and thought I would give it a try. I am very pleased with the quality of this instrament but I am in no way shape or form, an expert on violins. I have played guitar many years ago but no string instruments this small. The whole kit is a great set up for a beginner like myself, but I will not be touching it again for awhile until I can get an expert to show me how to string and tune it. Looks like I will be taking some classes in the near future since I have proven I have no idea what I am doing. The case is very sturdy and hard. Provides a spot for each item you would need to maintain it. The size is perfect for me (adult) with a great positioned chin rest. I would suggest this violin to a beginner.