we have this violin for almost 1.5 years now. We bought this for our daughter when she moved from 7/8 violin to full size. She has been playing for 8.5 years, now working on level 8. We had compared this violin to other violins, then specifically with two other violins, but my daughter has the "first come first serve" mind, so we stick with this one; however, with no regrets! Whenever my daughter had a recital, comparing her violin voice to other students' 4/4 violins (some cost way more than hers), I thought hers sound the best! When we received it, the sound post got shifted and we did have to have the bridge lowered a bit, but these are no big deals (Shar has great service!). The violin are even on all strings and the sound is focus and a little on the bright side. This violin came with Peter Infeld strings with goldbrokat E), after nine months we put on Corelli Brilliant vivace strings which sounds okay (more like dominant strings) and the A sounded whinny. Lately, I decided to switch to Obligato string and found that the Obligato strings makes it sounds a little darker, especially the G strings, which both my daughter and I like. This violin also makes vibrato seems easy and more conspicuous. At the beginning, I had questions about this violin, like does it come with a certificate, what model does it compare to (905, 909, 925, etc) but now I think the sound of the violin is what we care about; after all, it does have a label that says it's from Ming Jiang Zhu's workshop.