Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit
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Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit

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http://www.kennedyviolins.com/violins/ricard-bunnel-g1-violin-outfit/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.The Bunnel G1 includes unique professional upgrades from the Bunnel G2 outfit with a sound typically described by professional testers as sweet, strong, and projective. Check out a live performance video featuring the Bunnel G1 to hear its great tone. It's easy to sound great on this quality instrument!The Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit is also a comfortable choice for beginning students and adults. In addition to the sophisticated case and included accessories, we recommend Hal Leonard Essential Elements 2000 for Strings Violin Book 1 with CD-ROM, Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part, Vol. 1, and Intro to Violin as excellent beginning violin books to get you started on the right foot.

Other Details

Shoulder Rest, "Intro" Book, Polishing Cloth, Extra Strings
Portland Classic
D'Addario Prelude
Giuliani Brazilwood
Kaplan Artcraft
German Teller or French Aubert
Wood Type:
Solid Carved Spruce & Maple
100% Genuine Ebony
Hand-Rubbed Oil & Spirit Varnish
Available Sizes:
1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4
Recommended Upgrade:
Thomastik Alphayue
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Product Description

Our most popular violin outfit, the Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit is an upgrade from the Bunnel G2 and an excellent choice for 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!

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!

The All-Inclusive Violin Outfit

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.    

Upgraded Features

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:

  • Upgrades hand-carved German Teller or French Aubert bridge made with high-grade maple
  • Finer detail work in the ebony nut, pegs, and fittings
  • Improved playability
  • Upgraded rosin and case


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 Setup

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:

  • Smoothing an accurately planed fingerboard
  • Hand-carving, arching, shaping, and notching the custom-fit bridge
  • Fitting bridge feet to the curvature of the violin 
  • Carving the nut to professional standard measurements and curvature
  • Fitting and lubricating pegs
  • Polishing the finish

Outfit Features

The Ricard Bunnel G1 Violin Outfit also includes the following:

  • Shipping within two business days. In-shop luthiers allow us to ship some orders on the same day.
  • Availability in the following sizes: 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 & 4/4 (See our Violin Size Chart)
  • Our 45-day money-back guarantee of complete satisfaction
  • Full coverage by our Lifetime Warranty.
  • 4 professional grade built-in fine tuners on a composite tailpiece or 4 premium grade independent fine tuners on an ebony tailpiece
  • Naturally dried maple & tight-grained spruce tone woods from the Himalayas
  • Rich, dark brown oil finish
  • Inlaid purfling
  • High-grade ebony fittings, including polished fingerboard & pegs
  • Strong, stainless steel D-rings on the case for multiple carrying options
  • No. 1 rated customer service by our team of professional performers and teachers. Just read our comments!
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Product Reviews

  1. I'm in LOVE! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2017

    I am so glad I purchased this violin! It is absolutely beautiful and sounds amazing when I hit the right notes(im a beginner). The customer service is awesome! They helped me with any questions I had. I will definitely and always come to kennedy violins for my violin needs.

  2. Very nice for the price. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Feb 2017

    I purchased the Ricard Bunnel for my 12 year old daughter. I am at about a year 3 level, having not played in several years, but even at my experience level it has a nice resonance and tone and is much easier to play than my very cheap violin that was given to me as a gift. My daughter is already playng twinkle star on it the first day fairly well for only a few lessons with my crummy VSO. The Bunnel also has a very nice finish and the case is much nicer thsn equally priced violins. I spent about a month researching trying to find the very best starter violin, and I visited several shops but just was not impressed with the quality for the price. I considered a used Scherl and Roth that was about $300 but I'm glad I didn't because the Bunnel G1 is a much prettier violin with a nicer case and bow. The only thing I could find to complain about is both of our bows were not rosined as advertised ( I purchased an Anton Gerard for myself) but that is of very little concern, just a few more minutes before we could play. All in all it is a very nice violin and I would recommend it for a beginner and even to an intermediate level player. My emails where answered quickly and I was even sent pictures of the actual violin I would be receiving, very good customer service to go along with a nice violin.

  3. Kennedy Violins 'Hit All the Right Notes' With This One 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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 :)

    Kurt Schanaman

  4. Awesome! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2014

    I had extremely high expectations and it has surpassed them all. It is an amazing instrument.

  5. GREAT Sound 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  6. Excellent instrument 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  7. Kenedy Violins is the best violin store there is! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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!!

  8. great product 4 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  9. It couldn't be better 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  10. BEST COMPANY TO WORK WITH!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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!!!

  11. Fantastic viloin 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  12. Solid Superior Quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  13. Fantastic! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  14. Great sounding violin 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  15. Teacher approved! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  16. Perfect Student Violin 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  17. Great violin for student 4 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  18. Perfect Violin for the Adult Beginner or Student Violinist 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

  19. AMAZING student violin! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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!!

  20. Good Starter Package 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

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.