Upgrading Your Instrument or Bow

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If you are ready to up upgrade your instrument or bow, the best thing to do is make an appointment to come and try a few different models in the store. This way we can reserve one of our testing rooms and make sure all the instruments are tuned and ready to go when you arrive.

Before making an appointment it is important to have a think about what you are looking for. Below are a few things to take into consideration when upgrading your instrument or bow:

  1. What is your budget? – Budget is the first thing to consider when upgrading your instrument or bow, as this gives your decision a direction. If you do not want to spend over $2000 on an instrument, bow and case then we advise not to try anything over this mark unless your budget is flexible.

If you are not sure how much you should be spending on an instrument or bow it is best to consult your teacher or ask one of our friendly staff. Consulting your teacher is an important step in buying a new instrument because they know your playing style and ability better than anyone. We highly recommend coming into the store with your teacher to choose an instrument so that you are both happy with your instrument and bow.

  1. What standard of player are you? – Standards are generally sectioned into four different categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional. As you continue to improve your playing ability, you will have to upgrade your instrument and bow to meet the needs of the technical requirements for each grade.
  1. What sort of tonal quality do you want your instrument to have? – Each instrument has a unique tonal quality that can range from a softer, darker tone to a brighter more brilliant tone. The sound you are looking for may be restricted by your budget so it is important to remember that you may not always find exactly what you are looking for in your price range.
  1. How far do you want your instrument to take you? – When choosing a new instrument or bow it is important to think about how long you will be on that instrument for and how far it will take you. If you are an intermediate player who wants to do their 7th grade, 8th grade and AMUS in the next few years then you may want to consider spending more on the instrument now rather than having to upgrade later on. This of course will also depend on your budget.

If you are planning on coming in to try a few instruments please be sure to make an appointment so that we can have them tuned up and ready to go when you arrive.

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