I agree on getting a GOOD sound out of the violin, the vibrato and richness. It takes practice, practice practice to move from string to string smoothly, to get a rich tone and vibrato, and my teacher didn't want me even trying vibrato since I was only playing a couple of months. But picking out stuff by ear is easy, the sucker's got a lot of range (that tuning by 5ths thing is cool) and you can go from really really quiet to really pretty loud on it. All in all it's a lot of capabilities out of a little wooden box, and it felt natural to me from the get go. I wish I'd have bought the violin and just gotten my lessons off of the net, because while having a teacher was cool, the stuff I learned was basically the stuff that's in the videos done by Yehudi Menuhin in the 60s, for British TV, and they are out there still. If I'd taken that route I'd still have the fiddle now and be making some money. Oh well, the trumpet is very cool.