Should I buy the Hofner AS045 violin as a beginner.
I've been wanting g to buy a violin for a while now and just recently my parents decided to get me one... :)
I have the option to pick between two violins since that's all my local music shop has to offer and I'm not so keen on ordering online.
The two options are:
1) Fever Violin, cost:$90 (doesn't come with anything)
2) Hofner Violin, cost: approx. $200. Comes w/ bow, rosin and case.
The second seems the most temmpting. XD
Is it okay to start with the Hofner? It won't be wasted because I plan to learn anything and everything about the violin and sheet music.
~please and thank you
Neither option sounds all that appealing to me, but you will definitely need a bow, rosin, and a case...if you get the $90 option, you'll have to buy the rest separately. At the very least you should price them out individually so you can make an apples to apples comparison (at least with regard to price).
If you're just starting, I'd rent if at all possible so you know whether violin is for you or not. Plus, it's cheaper. I'd go with the $200 if I were you and can only buy. Price doesn't correspond to quality 100%. Plus, I think you can get a decent beginner violin outfit for $200-$500 depending on where you live.
Rentals are the best option given your budget.
I have to agree with you to an extent, Erik, but price-quality ratios vary from region to region. Part of the reason I'm even saying this is because I'm including violins sold on sites like Craigslist and Kijiji, where prices don't even give very much information. I once tried a $200 and a $400 violin from the same seller (not on Craigslist, Kijiji, and the like). The $400 one wasn't better, though its tonal characteristics were different. I would say, for instance, that a $1000 violin is always better than a $100 one, a $7000 violin is always better than a $500 one, but a $200 violin may not always be better than a $600 violin, though usually it is. I think prices tend to reflect market value and workmanship a bit more than sound.
I love my 2004 Gliga "Genial" violin that I bought used 10 years ago for $250 in a guitar store. It was the only violin in the shop, and I bought it completely on impulse and hardly touched it for the next 7 years. A local luthier, who sells his violins for $16,000 to $20,000, and who I paid $1,000 to repair another violin I have, told me the Glinka was actually pretty good, especially for being cheap. And I already thought so.
"Mary, how do you convince beginners to buy a violin that costs a minimum of 800? I struggle to get brand-new students to invest even $200 most of the time."
Is that the same Hofner that makes the Paul McCartney violin basses?
@Christopher Payne, I think so..
And thank you so much for your advice everyone. The problem is that I can only buy and those two were the only options. Also, I forgot to add that the reason why I'm choosing the Hofner over the Fever is because I checked both of them out at the store and the Fever violin seemed despicable to even a beginner like me XD. The reason being that everything was messed up; the strings irritated my fingers, the bridge and finger board were unevenly placed and also the f-holes were unevenly carved. It looked terrible. If I bought the Fever I'd have to take it to a luthier (not accessible) and spend more than $200 on it..
@Mary Ellen Goree as much as I'd love to buy an expensive violin, I wouldn't because it would just be wasted on a beginner such as my myself. I'd much rather prefer if a professional violin was bought by professional who would treat it and use it well. I'm still just learning how to take care of a violin. I might damage it unknowingly. Wouldn't it be better to start of with something cheap and slowly make my way to a more advanced instrument?
its a shame you cannot buy from where I live in Sandinavia, here one can get playable student violins for less than half the price of 800 dolars and a fairly good student violin for 500 euros including bow and case.
@Maria Lammi the hofner violin isn't really crap. It's actually really good. I had the shopkeeper play it and it sounded wounderful even with the cheap student rosin which would make any violin sound tinny. It was constructed wonderfully too for a violin that costs less than $500. I'm not that experienced with violins but I had seen people play student grade violins and compared to them the hofner as045 sounded way better.
Violetta, im sure, i was just commenting to those that said that a decent student violin costs 800 dollars, which is a lot of money. Was wondering if the prices are so different in europe and usa.
1) Renting is the best option. Many shops will apply most or all of the accumulated rent paid towards the purchase of an instrument at a later date.
OK, $800 is A LOT for a beginner, let's be realistic. And I really hope those $800 are including rosin, bow and everything.
I think I should've clarified a long, long time ago that I don't live in the Us.lol
As a returning adult, I did my due diligence by going to my local luthier. My Jr. High Violin Teacher gives private lessons at the same shop, so she helped me select. I also had a "student' violin budget, and ended up with a 2017 student violin that was imported from Europe from my Luthier (The label is the Luthier's label inside). Upon asking more questions, I was able to find out that my violin is actually a Gliga. I tried several instruments before settling on the one I purchased It was just under $500 with the case, and bow. While I am sure I will eventually upgrade, by going through my luthier, I can exchange at full instrument value.
That's pretty awesome. ^_^
Violetta, if you really like the Hofner, then go for it. They have a decent reputation in the US.
@Bob Brothers thank you so much!! This is such a great help! ^^
Have you considered contacting Shar Music. www.sharmusic.com
I played on a $119 violin (with bow, rosin and shoulder rest) for a bit more than a year without feeling regret about it. Of course it’s better to play on better instruments but I see no problem if you are only able to start with a $200 instrument. Good luck to you :)) :))
Thank you everyone...
@Maria Lammi I think in US is the different situation, as I wrote here in this thread
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