Essential Violin Information

Pernambuco or Carbon Fiber? Your Guide to Finding the Right Violin Bow.

Posted by Deidre Hamilton on

No matter where you are in your journey as a violin player, having the right bow is just as important as having the right violin. But finding the perfect bow to match your instrument can be tricky and sometimes downright confusing. A bow is very individual to a particular player. Some prefer a heavier weighted bow that will dig into the string and produce a loud sound. Some prefer a lighter weight bow that will not tire out the arm too quickly. Bows can also be individual to the instrument as multiple bows of the same model might play differently...

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3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Violin Case

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As we all know, violins are delicate instruments that need to be well protected. When choosing a case to keep your violin safe, consider these three questions:   1. How valuable is your violin? If you’ve made a significant investment in your violin, you should choose a case that reflects and will protect this investment. You don’t want to put a $1,200 instrument in a $60 case as it will not get the protection it needs. Also, higher quality cases can be used for a long time and you will not need to replace the case when you buy a...

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3 Steps to Choosing the Right Violin Strings

Posted by Deidre Hamilton on

When it comes to choosing violin strings, the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Different strings can cause both subtle and profound effects on the quality and volume of your playing along with the playability and responsiveness of your violin. Yet, in three easy steps, we’ll help you find the strings that are right for you. Watch our violin string comparison videos! First, determine what kind of player you are and what kind of sound you want. When considering which violin strings are the best, there’s no simple answer as each player is unique and each instrument is different. The...

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The Importance of Proper Violin Setup

Posted by Dan Haggerty on

Often, you will hear violin dealers talk about violin setup. Violin setup refers to the final adjustments made to the violin before it is ready to play. These adjustments are extremely important as poorly setup violins are very difficult to play and tune, while properly setup violins will bring out the instrument's beautiful tone and be much easier to maintain. Additionally, it can be very time-consuming and frustrating for orchestra instructors to attempt to tune a poorly setup instrument before a class or lesson.  Recently, a customer brought in a violin for setup. This particular instrument (name purposely removed) sells...

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How to Choose a Violin for a Beginning Player or Student

Posted by Pat Haggerty on

The famous Comedian/Violinist Jack Benny’s famous line as he held up his violin was “If it isn’t a $30,000 Strad, I’m out $120 bucks!” Today Benny’s Stradivarius, donated upon his death to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, is worth several million. ;) With violins ranging in price from $75 to $2,000,000 and bows from $19 to $100,000, what should the average beginning violin shopper expect to spend for a good quality, entry level, beginner student violin? If you read reviews from legitimate sources such as Strings Magazine, you’ll see that the same violin brand names pop up regularly. Some of the...

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