The Scott Cao 017 is one of the best values you can find in any student violin under $600. This is one of the few student violins available that is completely hand made with a traditional oil finish, ebony fingerboard, ebony or rosewood fittings, and setup and strung with Dominant Strings.
The hand-applied oil finish is more durable than the alternative high gloss spray finishes, which tend to chip and splinter. The oil finish also allows the woods of the violin to resonate freely, producing a better tone. The Scott Cao 017 has a hardwood ebony fingerboard and rosewood or ebony tuning pegs, ensuring the violin plays correctly and maintains a high level of tuning stability.
The Scott Cao 017 is available in many different sizes to suit beginning players. Order the 017 outfit in 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, and 4/4 sizes.
Upgraded woods and finishes are also available for the 017 violins in 1/4 - 4/4 sizes. The 017 is made with Chinese maple and an antique varnish while the 017 E is made with European Maple and spruce.