Which Violin Should I Buy?

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Choosing a new violin should be an exciting experience and our aim is to make it as simple as possible for you. Whether you are buying your violin online or through our store, our staff will be there at every point to help you with any questions or queries you may have. We stock a wide variety of violins to cater for all types of players from beginners to professionals so you are sure to find the best violin for you.

1. Choose Your Violin Size

If you are a parent buying for your son or daughter, the first thing to work out is the violin size that your child needs. It is very difficult to do this without some experience so we would suggest getting advice from either your teacher or from one of our friendly staff. It is equally difficult to give advice about violin sizes over the net so we would suggest coming into our store with your child.

If you are an adult beginner you will most likely need a 4/4 (full size) violin however some adults feel more comfortable playing on a 7/8 (seven eighth) or ¾ (three quarter) violin. Usually if you are 155cm or taller you will probably feel comfortable on a full size violin however arm length, and build also play a factor so it is always best to come in and be professionally fitted.

2. Choose The Best Violin for Your Level

Once you have worked out what violin size you need, you will next need to decide what quality violin you want. You may have noticed on eBay and some other sites that there are some very cheap violins on the market. In our experience it can be false economy to spend less, especially on a violin for a beginner. Cheap violins are plagued with problems such as bridges and soundposts that aren't fitted properly, pegs that don't stay in tune and bows that aren't straight and don't tighten just to name a few.

We therefore don't sell any violins that don't at least meet our minimum requirements. Also rest assured that all our violins have been professionally set-up. A set-up involves reshaping the bridge, fingerboard nut and sound post so that they fit and function correctly, servicing the pegs for ease of tuning and generally testing the playability and functionality of the violin to ensure that you wont have any problems.

As a rough guide we recommend the Kreisler #120, Schoenbach #120 or Schroeder #50J as the best violins for absolute beginners up until approximately an AMEB or Trinity 3rd to 4th grade standard.

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The Stauffer #100S and the Schroeder #100 have a much more rich and powerful sound and are also ideal violins for beginners but we feel they are capable of performing up to approximately an AMEB or Trinity grade 5. If you have already passed beyond an AMEB/Trinity grade 5, or if you think that you're after something a little better, then we would recommend looking at our range ofintermediate and advanced violins.

3. Choose Your Violin Accessories

It is important to have all the necessary extras before you run away with your violin! Unless otherwise stated, all our beginner violin outfits come as a package with the instrument, bow, case and rosin. In addition to this we recommend you purchase a shoulder rest. A shoulder rest will support the violin on your shoulder and make it more comfortable to hold. We stock all the popular brands including Everest, Kun, Wolf, Bonmusica and Mach One. You will also of course need sheet music! We stock many different violin method books as well as instructional DVDs and other learning tools for violin beginners. Having difficulty tuning? An electronic tuner will make your life a lot easier! They are relatively inexpensive and take the hassle and frustrations out of learning to tune your violin.

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