The eBay Super-Bargain Violin

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After dutifully entering the tracking number every day on the UPS web site, finally the day arrived, and so did ... the box.

The BIG DAY -- Right on time!

I knew at once what the package was.  The distinctive shape was unmistakeable (well, OK, the word "VIOLIN" stamped on the box helped too ...)

Black canvas covered hard case.  Adequate external zipper compartment.  Not elegant, but functional.

To be sure I missed nothing, I carefully photographed each step of the process, from opening the box to inspecting the contents of the case.

OK, LET'S SEE WHAT'S INSIDE ..

Hmmm ... violin with four strings, tailpiece with built-in fine tuners, and center-mounted chinrest attached; one bow wrapped in plastic; bridge, wrapped in white paper, stuffed under the tailpiece ...

... generic rosin in orange plastic container, two straps for the case, two spare strings (A and E).  That's everything. And nope, no setup instructions anywhere.

OK, it looks like everything advertised was here, except for the setup instructions.  To be fair, nowhere in the auction did it mention setup instructions; however, when I asked him by E-mail before bidding, he did assure me that instructions were included.  Perhaps he was confusing this with the $11.75 table-mounted routers he was selling ...



 
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