You need to consider a number of things to ensure that you’re not throwing your money away on the wrong type of instrument. You’ll probably have a whole bunch of questions as you come across various names, types, and categories. With this guide, you’ll have all the answers you need.
If you’re a beginner, you don’t want to spend too much money on your first violin. These kinds of violins will typically be made of lower-quality wood and involve significantly less handiwork in the construction process. These violins will include plastic parts like chinrests and tuning pegs.
These types are great for users who fall somewhere between amateur and professional. Again, these are suitable for those who have a little experience with the instrument, but aren’t looking to spend a lot of money on the instrument; they are for users who are still honing their skills.
If you’ve mastered the skill, you are likely to want to get your hands on the highest-quality instrument you can find. Professional or master violins are typically made of cold-drawn and slow-dried wood, are hand-crafted by a master luthier, and have a perfect finishing with components like a wooden tailpiece and an ebony fingerboard.
When buying a violin, ensure that the one you’re buying is set up properly so that it’s ready to play as soon as you bring it home. A professional setup should include necessary adjustments to and inspections of the bridge, fingerboard, nut, soundpost, pegs, string adjusters, tailpiece, and chinrest. Each of these parts should be adjusted, fitted, or fine-tuned perfectly.
When playing your instrument, you need to be comfortable holding it; it needs to be sized perfectly. Violins come in a variety of different sizes with a full-sized violin being listed as 4/4, and smaller ones at 1/8, 1/10, and 1/16. Consult with a professional to help you with the sizing.
The Mendini by Cecilio Violin is a stunning instrument, perfect for those just starting to learn. Its hand-carved spruce top, maple back, and sides make for a beautiful design, while the metallic varnish, maple fingerboard, and alloy tailpiece with four fine tuners make it a true work of art.
This violin learning kit includes everything you’ll need to get started: a bow, an extra set of strings, two bridges, a rosin, a shoulder rest, a clip-on tuner, and a lightweight hard case. It also comes with a “Mendini Violin First Lesson” book and a download to practice with solo violin and piano accompaniment. This violin is a great choice for beginners who want an instrument that looks and sounds amazing, making it the top pick on our list.
The Eastar EVA-3 Violin Set is a revolutionary instrument among violins thanks to its innovative design, which includes muscovite-inlaid finger plates, that allow learners to easily find the right spot. This piece comes with a spruce wood panel, a maple blackboard, and side plates made of vintage varnish inlay. The neck is not painted to prevent the hands from slipping while playing.
The entire piece is handmade with a smooth surface that offers comfortable usage and grip. Even the tuning knob is carefully made of high-quality wood to give it reasonable friction.
The Cecilio CVN-300 Violin is made of good-quality sprucewood for the top and a Maplewood backboard, sides, and neck. All this makes it suitable for beginner use, but not for professional players. The antique varnish finish and ebony tailpiece, chin rest, fingerboard, and pegs give it a nice final look. The nickel tuners are all detachable.
The set also comes with some strings, a tuner, a lesson book, a case, two bows, a rosin cake, a shoulder rest, and an extra bridge.
The Ricard Bunnel G2 Violin is one of the highest-rated beginner violins on the market. Its superior sound quality and strong hardwood construction makes it resistant to wear and tear for regular usage. Even the fittings, fingerboard, and pegs and made to last thanks to their ebony construction. The bow utilizes horsehair, genuine mother-of-pearl, and ebony frog access for a beautifully consistent tone.
The oil-finish on this piece makes it look like a professional-grade instrument, while the weight is perfect for amateur users. It even includes a shoulder rest for comfortable usage, and it is beautifully finished.
The Stentor 1500 4-String Violin is a great and sturdy choice for beginners and intermediate users alike. The top of the violin is made of fine-grained solid spruce, the back of solid maple, the fittings of ebony, and the tailpiece adjusters of composite with in-built stabilizers. It also features a curved maple neck and excellent-quality strings.
The sound quality of this violin makes it the perfect choice for a novice learner thanks to the tonewood it’s constructed out of. The hand-crafted design and brown-polish lacquering gives it a great finishing. This instrument is a cost-effective investment and won’t disappoint.
This SkyYVN201 Student Violin includes one Brazilwood bow, one lightweight triangular violin case, and one high-quality rosin. The violin is professionally set up and ready to play from the get-go. It is oil-varnished with a solid spruce top and a highly-flamed maple back, neck, sides, and scroll.
The bridge is newly fitted with high-quality strings and is super lightweight with a rainproof canvas exterior and shoulder straps. It also has a sheet music pocket, as well as an accessory compartment. This is the perfect violin for someone looking for a complete set.