Our most popular violin outfit, the Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit is an upgrade from the Bunnel G2 and an excellent choice for intermediate to advanced students and adult beginners. The Bunnel G1 includes unique professional upgrades and offers a sound typically described by professional testers as sweet, strong, and projective. Watch these performance videos to hear its great tone. It’s easy to sound great on this quality instrument!
What makes Kennedy Violins string instruments the best on the market? First, we purchase each violin directly from the maker — a rare and highly effective business practice that lowers our cost and allows us to pass the savings to you. Next, all final assembly and FREE setup is performed locally in our Washington State shop by our professionally trained luthier staff. NO assembly or setup is required with a violin that is ready to play from the moment you open the case. With both the highest-rated violins and customer service in the U.S., we are the only company confident enough to back up our instruments with our lifetime warranty and 45-day money-back guarantee. Experience the Kennedy Violins difference today!
The Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit now comes with the complete package of accessories (shoulder rest, extra strings, and more) at no additional cost! As the perfect all-in-one package for new players, young and old, outfits in all sizes (available in 1/16 to 4/4), include EVERYTHING you need to start playing the moment you open your case.
With the same Bunnel shape and design constructed by master craftsmen, the G1 is similarly constructed to the G2 with choice tone woods and a smooth oil (not lacquer) finish. Upgraded features of Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit include the following:
The Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin is strung with steel-core D'Addario Prelude Strings, which greatly improve playability and sound. While most violins come with basic "solid" steel strings with no winding that often produce little resonance and a cold sound, Preludes offer a warm and rich sound.
FREE professional setup by our staff of experienced luthiers is included as a complimentary service with every instrument purchase. Our Kennedy Violins luthiers guarantee that each individual violin is setup, inspected, and tuned to meticulous standards. Setup includes the following:
The Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit also includes the following:
Posted by Kurt Schanaman on 10th Jan 2015
I was astonished at the quality of appearance I was greeted with after opening the quality case for the first time. And I captured the moment in HD video on YouTube during my 'Unboxing' video. But I must say, even HDTV video doesn't do this violin outfit justice.
I could see and SMELL quality once the top of the case was lifted. And once I tuned it and played through each open string, I could hear the quality as well.
Though I haven't started my violin lessons quite yet, I have been practicing some bowing technique using online video examples and while standing in front of a mirror to reproduce the right arm and wrist movements. After several days of bowing, I am sure this instrument is a quality one because the sound improves! A violin made of quality woods will 'open up' in sound nuances the more it is played. I already hear some subtle improvements and can hardly wait to hear it after a good year of playing.
Kennedy violins didn't skip on quality with the accessories they choose to include. I honestly have a hard time understanding how they make any money at their listed price. I can't see the violin costing much less than their outfit retail price because quality woods and hardware are EXPENSIVE. And though I ordered the Deluxe outfit, it didn't come to much more.
My order was shipped just one day after ordering, and when it arrived, I was greeted with the smell of biodegradable packing peanuts. The smell of corn overcame me and I even ate one on camera. Yes, I am weird like that, but what can I say?
Thank you, Kennedy Violins, for treating our planet with respect!
I look forward to doing future business with Kennedy Violins when I am ready to buy my next violin. I might actually make the drive to Washington to try out some violins o find that 'sound I will be looking for when I am a more experienced violinist :)
Posted by Brandon on 21st Jan 2014
I had extremely high expectations and it has surpassed them all. It is an amazing instrument.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Nov 2013
My daughter has been playing an instrument "shaped violin" for two years.
I decided it was time to upgrade and after doing some research Kennedy Violins was the choice. And what a great choice it was. The G1 has a wonderful and powerful sound. Her music teacher is VERY impressed.
Since buying the G1 my daughter has been practicing more and I can see a positive change in her passion for playing.
I would highly recommend the Richard Bunnel G1.
Posted by Sam on 25th Sep 2013
I bought this violin for my son when he just started taking string lessons about a year ago. This is an excellent instrument and easy to play, making learning easy and fun for my son as a beginner. My son has been enjoying playing it ever since. His orchestra teacher was also impressed by the violin. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase and will shop at Kennedyviolins for violins again.
Posted by Jennifer Douglas on 20th Aug 2013
Kennedy violins is an amazing violin store online and offline they were very helpful and the customer service was great and the violin setup was amazing i highly reccomend this store!!
Posted by Unknown on 3rd May 2013
This violin is very easy to play; unlike the last violin I played, it gives a very loud sound with little effort.
Posted by Unknown on 5th Apr 2013
I got this item yesterday for my daughter. I can not explain how she is happy. She really likes it. The violin case is also gorgeous. I have never seen such a good company online.
Posted by Susan R. on 19th Mar 2013
I purchased my violin last year and I cannot say enough about this company and it's staff!!! Incredibly helpful, beyond nice, and generous beyond belief! If you need a violin then this is the place to go!!!
Posted by Unknown on 11th Feb 2013
Overall I am very satisfied with G1 violin.
The sound is gorgeous and the color of the violin is very nice.
However, it took much longer time than I expected and the package was damaged badly. But the content was not damaged at all. I guess the long delay of delivery was due to my APO AP address.
I give 5 stars on the G1 violin.
However, if I have to rate for the overall delivery and package services, I would give them 3-4 stars.
Posted by George from Texas on 23rd Jan 2013
I received this Violin Today so excited breath taking when I took it out of its Eco Friendly Case. Playing it was a dream... very rich warm sound this gorgeous Gem is way beyond in Quality, Sound, Beauty, Solid Violin well made. This violin exceeds my expectations compared to my
Palatino VN-850. It reminds me of my German Violin I once owned. I highly recommend this violin I will gladly do business again Thank You Everyone at Kennedy Violins.
Posted by YM Sung on 10th Jan 2013
We like this violin very much. The sound is just great and outlooking is also really nice.
Our son was using a different one however Kennedy's is much better.
Next time we will purchase a full-size one from Kennedy again for our son.
Posted by Prem on 26th Dec 2012
We ordered this for our daughter who has been learning violin for a couple of years. It was prompty received on the day they said we will receive it.
Out daughter absolutely loves it.
We would highly recommend this violin and "Kenndey Violins" for anyone.
Posted by Nha Le on 12th Dec 2012
Really good value for the outfit. I love the violin so much. The finish is elegant and classic looking. My teacher said it was good violin for the money.
Posted by Evan from Washington on 12th Oct 2012
We were renting a 1500 dollar violin for a year. The company we were renting from offered to put all of our rental dollars towards the purchase so we inquired and the balance would still have been over 1000 dollars.
I decided to look around and found Kennedy Violins. The Ricard Bunnel G1 Was the perfect fit of quality and price. We ordered it online and it arrived in two days. We opened it up and were surprised at the quality!
I had my daughter play the 1500 dollar violin and the Bunnel , the sound quality was the same. We are so happy we purchased this violin. Kennedy has done a great ting offering a quality product at a price everyone can afford.
Posted by Sita on 7th Oct 2012
The violin (1/2 size) has a very nice look and my son was extremely happy with it. I played violin myself and think that the sound is very decent. I also asked my son's teacher about his opinion and he was impressed with the quality as well. We upgraded the strings but not the bow and I am not so happy with the quality of the bow. Bow hair is coming off every time my son plays so it's just a matter of time that we have to purchase a new bow. This is his third violin so he knows how to handle the bow. The case that comes with it is very heavy and my son complains about the weight. Kennedy violin's service was great. The violin shipped quickly and they helped me with the string upgrade. I would buy from them again.
Posted by Jonathan Grimm on 21st May 2012
This violin is a beautiful work of art! The oil varnish definitely makes a big difference in both the looks and sound of this instrument. The Bunnel G1 is the perfect starter violin because the student is unlikely to outgrow it quickly and the quality is such that it will not hold a person's instruction back - unlike most other inexpensive violins which can make learning difficult. Came properly setup and, after a quick tuning, was ready to play. Compares favourably to the $500.00-$750.00 violins I tried out at local music shops. I purchased this due to its high rating by students and teachers on violin forums.
Posted by Val on 1st Feb 2012
I'm an adult beginner who'd been playing on a decent quality rental instrument for my first six months of learning. Back in December I decided to purchase a good instrument for myself. Although a lot of people told me not to buy online, I had a very good feeling about Kennedy Violins. Their product and performance videos are great, and I had seen some recommendations for them on a couple of forums.
Well, I was right on the money! Heather was so helpful, even though I had a million questions! This Bunnel G1 is INCREDIBLE. A neighbor who plays professionally couldn't believe I had paid under $800 or so for this instrument! I did upgrade the bow, which I love, and I bought a carbon fiber bow, as well. Heather really helped me customize my package so I got exactly what I wanted.
I've had my violin for about six weeks now, and I love it more every day. I'm still blown away by how rich the sound is. The instrument AND the service are just top notch!! Kennedy is my source from now on!!
Posted by Cory on 24th Jan 2012
The service from Kennedy was great. My violin came in a pretty short time considering the shipping was free and it was coming from across the Country. I thought the violin looked and sounded great, but I have very limited knowledge since I just recently started lessons so I will share the opinion of my instructor (an accomplished musician and music professor at my university).
When I first told him I rented my violin online instead of from a local music store, I saw the look of apprehension. However, when he saw the violin he was impressed by the quality for a starter violin and also said it had a very nice case as well.
Overall, I am very pleased with the transaction and feel this will fulfill my needs while learning until I am ready to make a more substantial investment in a higher level of instrument.