The Buyers Guide for Early Violin Students – Part 1

The violin is often considered one of the most beautiful sounding instruments in the orchestra, and though it may not be as easy to pick up as say, a guitar or a ukulele there are still thousands that turn to this instrument to master its alluring vibrations. If you are one of those people and you’re thinking about purchasing your own instrument you may be wondering what the perfect brand for you may be? There are after all so many on the market and when you are just starting out it can often be hard straddling the line between retaining a low budget and not sacrificing a certain quality of build. Well don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to do that. Let’s begin with the essential factors you’ll want to consider before you begin hunting for your very own violin.

Things to Consider

Price – Before you get to searching for your perfect starter fiddle you should certainly think about setting a budget for yourself. If you’re looking for something that’ll give you the quality to last, you’re going to be looking at around a minimum of $500. Depending on which brand you end up choosing you’ll be looking upwards of that price as quality increases. Setting yourself a budget will help you to narrow down that search but remember that you’ll also want to consider a price for a bow and a case which aren’t included in the initial cost.

Quality – It’s all too easy to assume that with a high price tag comes a high standard of quality but that simply is not true. Often you will find poorer quality instruments being sold far above their worth, or if you’re lucky you may find a top-quality violin at a bargain price. You must make sure when looking at instruments to purchase you are inspecting their structure and construction. You’ll know it not up to scratch if it looks warped or if you can hear it creak when you apply pressure. Brand New or Second Hand – As with most things (especially expensive things) you can choose whether or not you with to buy a new or a used model. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a second hand instrument, often people will have barely touched theirs so you can find yourself something that’s as good as new for half the price which could certainly be in your interest if your budget is lower. Just make sure you thoroughly research what it is your buying, making sure that it’s in good working condition and worth what you’re paying. Size – Violins come in various sizes, particularly when purchasing for a child. In order to decide which size you’d like to purchase you can measure up. In order to do this, you will want to measure the player by getting them to stretch out their left arm and measure from their neck to their wrist, this should indicate a good size for purchase.