Now that we’ve covered the basics let us take a look at some excellent brands for you to consider when purchasing your violin. These brands range from student to intermediate and come highly rated within violin playing communities and should hopefully help you to further narrow down that search bracket.
Top 5 Brands for Early Stages
Stentor – Stentor is a reliable brand when it comes to student level violins. In fact, they are perhaps the most popular brand in this field and price at the lower end between $150 and $180. As far as student violins go these are well constructed and reliable. Beginners should seriously consider this brand; the most popular model is the Stentor Student I Violin which comes with a quality fingerboard as well as pegs. Intermediates can also look to this brand for an option, take a look at the Stentor Student II Violin offering an ebony fingerboard and pegs for better quality.
Knilling – Raising slightly in price and in this case quality, if you’re looking at spending around $500 it would be worth checking out Knillings beginner violins. Knilling are a well-known brand that boast a high quality craftmanship, particularly for student level violins. They offer ‘Perfection Pegs’; unique pegs that feature a 4:1 gear reduction which allows for precise, quick and easy tuning.
Cremona – This is another brand that offers excellent quality for an affordable price. Cremona design their violins to specifically meet the needs of beginner and intermediate level players and use the highest quality woods available to them. The company is committed to maintaining a high quality, with a staff of 22 people who are dedicated to quality control within products. The Cremona SV-175 Premier Student Violin starts off about $300 which is an excellent price for assured quality.
Cecilio – Cecilio are another top of the line student grade brand that are geared towards beginners, offering products that both make their lives easier, save them money and assure a certain level of quality that can be trusted to last. They put their products through extensive tests to make sure each violin is fit for purpose and use excellent quality woods such as spruce, maple and that luthier’s favourite ebony. An excellent feature offered by this brand is the fact that instruments come pre-strung with the bridge already attached so students (particularly young ones) won’t have to worry about having to fiddle around with it and assemble it by themselves. Cecilio’s student violins cost just $200 which is excellent value.
Mendini – If you are really working to a tight budget but still wish to start out with a violin that won’t fail you on it’s first play Mendini are a brand that are worth checking out. They offer both student and intermediate level violins that almost exclusively factory built. This keeps their cost low so you’ll be looking at spending around $200 here too. What’s great about Mendini violins is that they are durable, they do however fall back somewhat when it comes to string quality, you will likely have to replace these early on so just be aware of that.