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Kennedy Pupil Violin Outfit

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Brazilwood with Real Horsehair
Black Featherweight Shaped
Solid Carved Spruce & Maple
100% High-grade Ebony
Hand-rubbed Oil Satin
Available Sizes:
1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4
Recommended Upgrade:
D'Addario Prelude Strings
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Product Description

As the perfect beginner violin, the Kennedy Pupil Violin Outfit includes everything you need to begin your musical journey. We understand that the quality of your first instrument greatly affects your initial playing and learning experience, especially for younger students. To help you or your child have the most positive and enjoyable experience, we ensure comfortable playability and precise string height for new players. As a result, we guarantee that the sound quality and ease of playing of the Kennedy Pupil Violin will be far superior to any other beginner violin at this incredible value. 

The Kennedy Violins Difference

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!


At Kennedy Violins, we are adamant about providing EVERYONE, young and old, access and the opportunity to learn an instrument by constructing beautiful, high-quality violins that are both easy to play and affordable. There are many inexpensive instruments that are poorly made, and you get what you pay for: something hardly playable that merely looks like a violin. We offer the Kennedy Pupil Violin as a low-price alternative for customers who want to spend the least amount on the highest quality instrument available. We are confident that you will be satisfied with the attention to detail and durability of this violin, even at such an affordable low price.

A Complete Outfit

This beginner violin offers a resonant and clear sound, enhanced by the rich, dark brown satin oil finish unlike the thick, plastic-like finishes on many beginner instruments. The Kennedy Pupil comes with four professional grade fine tuners for ease of tuning—a necessity for new players. In addition to a genuine Brazilwood bow with real horsehair and our Kennedy Violins Natural Rosin, the outfit comes complete with the sleek, Featherweight Shaped Case. The case features two interior accessory compartments, two adjustable straps, two bow holders, an outer zippered music/accessory pocket, and multiple case-carrying options including over-the-shoulder or backpack wear.

Free Setup

Setup by our expert luthiers is included with your order. At Kennedy Violins, we ensure that each violin is individually assembled, setup, tuned, and inspected to our highest standards. Your violin will be ready to play when you receive it—not sent to you unstrung or in pieces as sold by other online suppliers. Our setup includes the following services:

  • smoothing the accurately planed fingerboard
  • arching the custom bridge
  • fitting bridge feet to the curvature of the violin
  • carving the nut to professional curvature
  • fitting pegs
  • polishing the finish
  • installing strings and tuning the violin

Outfit Features

The Kennedy Pupil Violin Outfit also includes the following:

  • Shipping within two business days. In-shop luthiers allow same-day shipping on some orders.
  • Availability in the following sizes: 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 & 3/4 (See our Violin Size Chart)
  • Four independent stainless steel fine tuners on an ebony tailpiece or four professional quality built-in fine tuners on a composite tailpiece
  • 100% natural ebony fittings, including polished fingerboard and pegs
  • Solid carved (not pressed) maple back and sides
  • Solid spruce top
  • Inlaid purfling
  • Handmade construction
  • Satin oil finish (not a shiny, thick, and "tinny"-sounding lacquer finish)
  • Steel strings with free installation
  • Excellent customer service from our team of string players and teachers. Just read our comments!

Recommended Beginning Violin Books

For beginning students, we recommend the following beginning violin books from our sheet music collection to get started. The following method books teach introductory techniques, music theory, and how-to basics for learning to play the violin:

  • Hal Leonard Essential Elements 2000 for Strings Violin Book 1 with CD-ROM is the most popular beginning violin book for students and school orchestra programs. The included CD-ROM provides additional instructions and accompaniment with which students can play along. This fun, interactive, and thorough string method book is a must-have.
  • Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1 is the most popular beginning violin book for students in private lessons and violin teachers. The popular Suzuki method, created by Japanese violinist Shin'ichi Suzuki, is a unique method that encourages starting young, learning in a positive environment, playing by ear, performing in public, and being a part of a larger musical community.
  • Intro to Violin is a fun, comprehensive guide for beginning violinists designed and written by our very own Adam Easley and Liz Lambson of the Kennedy Violins Staff. This detailed guide provides you with simple instructions to get you started on the violin including basic techniques, fundamentals, music theory, and all the knowledge you need to start playing today!
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Product Reviews

  1. A great beginner setup! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th May 2013

    The Kennedy Pupil Violin Outfit is absolutely perfect for beginners, and for the price of the whole thing (including a bow, violin, hard case, and rosin - though the bow is pre-rosined when you get it, so make sure you don't accidentally over-rosin the bow when you get it thinking that it needs it), you can't beat it. The violin produces sound that is beyond that of any violin of equal or lesser price that you can find off of amazon, I repeat, do NOT buy a violin from amazon - Kennedy Violins already has you covered with this set.

    Some things that you should know about the whole thing:

    - The violin is working fine, no problems at all with it for the past two weeks that I've had it.

    - There was tuning involved when I first recieved it (to be expected) so make sure that you have somebody that can tune a violin, or that you've got a tuner at home/with your order of this set.

    - The positioning of the bow holder clips inside of the case may be off slightly.

    - Minor cosmetic things are nothing the get worried about. You really have to go looking to find them.

    - IF you do have something fairly major wrong with the violin or bow (deep scratches, cracks, etc. on the violin, or an oddly-shaped/warped bow) let their live chat person or their email support know, they'll help you.

  2. awesome i m getting a violin 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jan 2012

    your the best

Warranty Information

Kennedy Violins Inc. warrants its instruments to be free of defect in material and construction for the lifetime of the product. Cases are warranted to be free of defect in materials and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. Please see our Warranty page for limitations and restrictions to this warranty. Kennedy Violins Inc. will, at its option, repair or replace any item found to have been defective in materials or manufacture under the terms stated here. Kennedy Violins Inc. shall be the sole arbiter of eligibility for warranty repair or replacement. Kennedy Violins Inc. liability is limited to repair or replacement of defective items.