Buying your first violin can be exciting. But with so many factors to juggle, many first time buyers end up with an instrument that doesn’t make their learning justice. Fiddlerman has listed 8 tips to help you purchase your first violin. The following guide will help you navigate through the jungle of instruments and instruments shops out there, so you can get the violin you deserve, at a price you can afford.
1. What’s unique with Fiddlershop, is that Fiddlerman has done extensive research. He has tested and chosen about 20 different 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.
2. Read reviews on 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.
3. Decide on your budget. Our student violins range from $100-800. 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.
4. Buy only from a dealer who will 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 on the description. 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), extra strings and sheet music.
6. 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. 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 that costs more than $50-60 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.