Buying a Violin
Buying a violin can be a very difficult process, as the specs are pretty much
identical whether you pay $250 or $10,000 for your violin. So what factors
determine a violin's value? This guide will help you understand some of the
Why buy online?
Most violin buying guides will tell you to spend hours testing out many
different violins in a shop. You can do this, but you will spend a whole lot
more money (and have to deal with those pushy salespeople). Especially if you
are a beginner or intermediate player, this is unnecessary. Also, you may want
to ask your violin teacher (if you have one) for recommendations.
guide, you will learn all the information you need to make an informed choice
that works for you and, if you decide to buy your violin from Mastersviolin.com,
you can try it out at home for up to 30 days with our Complete Satisfaction
Guarantee. That's a lot longer test than is possible in a shop! Plus with our
Lowest Price Guarantee, you'll know you're getting the best deal. Now everyone
can afford to play the best violin possible.
The deal with Stradivarius
Why from us?
Maybe you have bought a lot china made goods, but never have a masterwork violin
from china. The truth is 70% of the strings in Europe and America are imported
from China, and we are not selling factory violins, only masters handmade
violins and bows. China masters violins have come to have very good reputation
now, and get enomous positive feedback, with lower labour cost get better sound
quality, violin purchase and collection will be much valuable on our website.
Antonio Stradivari and his counterparts were master craftsmen who hand-built
each instrument, assuring that each element--from the raw woods used to the
highly skilled carving--was of the utmost quality. Today the name is synonymous
with supreme quality and is used to describe pretty much anything from cars to
various types of instruments.
A violin branded or labeled Stradivarius does
not mean it is genuine. There are fewer than 700 genuine Strads in existence
today. However, the present shape and dimensions of violins are usually based on
the violins the Stradivari family perfected by the beginning of the 18th
Student or professional?
The main differences between professional and student violins are the amount of
labor that goes into them and the quality and finish of the wood. Professional
violins are hand-carved from the highest-quality woods, hand-varnished, and
meticulously set up. Student violins are machine manufactured with average wood,
finished with a machine-sprayed lacquer, and set up quickly or possibly not set
up at all.
There are about 70 parts in a violin. The more you spend, the
better each of these parts will be.
It's the wood that makes it good
The quality of the wood used is the most important factor in how a violin
sounds. Most violins have a spruce top and maple back, neck, and sides, and the
wood types rarely vary. The difference in price reflects the difference in wood
quality. This difference can be vast-for good reason. The perfect piece of wood
for a violin will be flamed or quilted for beauty, over 200 years old, grown at
high altitude, cut in the winter, and stored for 20 years or more. This ideal
wood will produce a beautiful tone, but not every player necessarily needs a
violin made with woods of the highest quality.
The wood selection for
fittings-such as endpins, chin rests, and tuning pegs-does vary. You'll find
that ebony is the main choice for fittings, but boxwood is also used, and you
may find alloy tailpieces with built-in tuners. Some fittings on beginner
violins, such as the chin rest, may be plastic.
Other factors to consider
Once you receive a violin from us, take advantage of our 45-Day Satisfaction
Guarantee to test it out. You should check the violin's playability, making sure
there's an even tone with enough projection and no buzzing. Make sure the upper
register has the right tone for you, whether that's brighter or warmer. Also be
sure to check the setup, making sure the pegs and nut fit well, the neck is at
the right angle, and all the fittings are set up correctly. When playing, you
should be able to move freely between strings. Also, if you can't press each
string down on the fingerboard near the bridge, the instrument needs an
Our 30-Day Guarantee also lets you take some time to allow the
violin to free up and begin to vibrate with its best tone and projection. This
is beneficial because it takes time to loosen up a violin's parts. Violins are
like sedentary people who, upon beginning to work out, are stiff but eventually
loosen up. Within our warranty period, you will be able to hear the freed tone
of your violin.
Make sure you are getting what you expected for the price. If you bought an
outfit, check the quality of the bow, case, and other package contents.
Pernambuco bows with horsehair are ideal, but fiberglass, wood, and carbon fiber
bows will work for beginners, as long as they have the right spine and balance.
If the violin is for a child, make sure it is sized correctly (adults will
want a full-size 4/4 violin). You might want to consult an instructor about what
size to order. You can get a good idea by measuring the child's outstretched arm
from neck to mid-palm. The following chart will then identify the correct size
for your student:
Not sure how serious your child is?
Buy a lower-priced violin outfit to start, slowly upgrading the bow, the
strings, and possibly the setup, until you are certain he or she will stick with
it. The more you spend to start though, the less a student may be frustrated
with an inferior instrument, and the more likely he or she will stick with it.
At Giardinelli, we can help you finance your purchase with a Clef Member card
for as little as $15 a month. A quality beginner violin over $250 can make a
huge difference, and it'll be longer before he needs to upgrade.
Maintaining your violin
Be sure to put your violin back in its case when you're done playing, and keep
it out of very hot or cold temperatures in 45-50% relative humidity to avoid
damage. If you live in a dry area, be sure to check out our selection of
instrument humidifiers. When you put the instrument and accessories in their
case, be sure everything is in its proper place or damage will result. Keep your
violin free of dirt and dust and, when using special cleaners, remember a little
goes a long way. We recommend changing your strings every 6-12 months and
rehairing your bow every 6-18 months, depending on the amount you play.