Violin Buying Guide

Buying a new violin can be a difficult process for all violinist levels. Whether you are student violinist, intermediate or professional violinist. If you are a beginner you can ask to your teacher (If you have) first before deciding to buy a new violin as the process can be a very vital for your future. In this guide I will tell you all information you should know on how to buy the best violin.

  • Student or professional?
Before choosing your violin you have to know for who the violin is. 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.
  • 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.
  • Other factors to consider
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 adjustment. 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.
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