1. Decide on your budget
Our student violins range from $219 - $1030. When deciding on your budget, keep in mind that the least expensive violin is often not as easy to play, thus making learning more difficult and not giving you the fairest chance. Unfortunately, many who decide to learn to play lose motivation. For this reason, an investment in a great instrument may be a better choice, if you can afford it.
2. Fiddlerman has done extensive research
The unique thing about Fiddlershop is that Fiddlerman has tested and chosen the instruments that we offer. Here is a selection of beginner violins that all are worth purchasing. You can choose between buying the instrument and all its accessories separately, or an outfit, which means it includes everything necessary to get started.
3. Check the reviews
Read reviews of the instrument that you are interested in. Even though Fiddlerman and everyone at Fiddlershop will give you an honest opinion, getting feedback from individuals learning to play from scratch, can be valuable. Some instruments (product pages) haven't been around long enough to get reviews and should also be taken into consideration.
4. Buy only from a dealer who accept returns
At Fiddlershop we accept returns up to 45 days after purchase if the customer is not satisfied. No excuses necessary.
5. Read the contents of your instrument outfit carefully
Make sure you have everything you need. Other than the violin, you will need a case, bow, rosin, a shoulder rest (some people play without), cleaning cloth, extra strings and sheet music.
6. Consider upgrading your strings
When buying a beginner violin, your instrument most often will come set up with steel core strings. They are better for beginners because they stay in tune longer and are easier to tune. Synthetic core strings tend to have a warmer more pleasant sound and can make learning more enjoyable, provided you can tune them. Consider testing those kinds of strings to improve your overall enjoyment, when you feel ready.
7. A good bow can make it easier to learn
Many first time customers wonder which bow is the best for a beginner. The bow is your number 1 tool to produce a good tone from the violin. A good bow will improve the tone and playability, which in turn makes it easier to play. That means that a bow costing more than $50-80 will help develop better skills. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a bow, but the least expensive bows can be very soft, heavy, or off balance, making it more difficult to play.
8. Carbon fiber or wood bow – which is the best?
Wood bows are said to have the warmest sound. But carbon fiber bows are better at keeping their shape, consistency through a variety of humidity levels, and usually have a great bowing action and response. Carbon fiber bows are also more durable. Don’t hesitate to call the violin shop and ask questions, if you are uncertain regarding your needs.