The Buyers Guide for Early Violin Students Part 2
Different Levels of Violin
Student – A student violin is the lowest level but that doesn’t mean you should turn your nose up at this. These are a great choice for early learners. They are usually made from a lower quality of wood with certain parts made from plastic such as the pegs and the chin rest. If you’re someone who is interested in learning how to play this instrument but are not sure how committed you’ll remain to the process thin this is a good place for you to begin. These are especially good when purchasing for children who aren’t yet sure if they’ll commit to it (as they all too often are wont to do). Prices will likely fall between $100 and $400. Intermediate – Those of you that are committed to playing may want to consider investing in an intermediate violin. These are a great compromise between the student and professional level instruments, here we start to see the quality climb somewhat from the student level though. If you don’t quite have the budget for the lofty prices of the professional level instruments but are looking for something that will still last the intermediate is the choice for you. Prices here can range $400 and $1000. Professional – Professional grade violins take quite a leap in quality from the previous two levels and are certainly only worth considering once you are well and truly committed to the art (and well and truly minted too), but it’s easy to see why when you see the elevation in quality here. These instruments are built using fine quality wood and are built and assembled by hand by a luthier using high quality components, for example they may add an ebony fingerboard. The quality is shown in the price which can fall anywhere between $4000 and $10,000. Such is the price of art.
Where to Buy?
When it comes to shopping for your violin there are two marketplaces that you will likely head to first, the online market and the high street. Let’s take a look at some the pros and cons for both of these. Online – Shopping online is arguably the easiest way to shop for anything in this day and age. What’s so good about the online market is that you have so much choice when it comes to stock. You can peruse through almost every brand available without having to leave the home. You also don’t have to worry about any pushy salesperson bothering you whilst you browse. The issue with buying online is that you are taking a larger risk on what you purchase. First of all, you cannot expect it for yourself and secondly you often can’t be sure who you are buying from. Make sure to do your research should you decide to take this route.
In-store – Shopping in-store comes with its own issues too. The price being a major drawback, often prices will hike up to support the higher overheads of a bricks and mortar store. You’re also looking at a far more limited inventory for each store which means you will have to travel about a bit to get a good idea of what you want. The bonus here however is that you will actually be able to inspect what you get, not to mention receive excellent advice from trained and knowledgeable staff members too.