What instrument to buy with a 800 dollars budget?

December 30, 2006 at 05:15 AM · Hi, i'm from brazil and i'm going to USA next july. I wanna know what kind of violin i can buy with a thousand dollar budget. A good one? A student level one? Here i can't buy much. The price for nice violins star at 2000 dollars. I'm thinking about spending 800 dollars on the instrument and 200 dollars on a bow. I was recommended this store to buy a violion http://store.whleestore.com. I would like to know if these 800 dollars are OK for a initiate student like me.


Bruno Souto

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December 30, 2006 at 06:44 AM · You will find that there is quite a variety of instruments out there for that price. Most of these violins would not be advanced violins. They would be in a intermediate range. To get the best value for your buck, I would stick to a violin made in China. Scherl and Roth has a new violin made in China that is really great. It is a model R38. Eastman Strings has some decent violins such as the VL305. As for a bow, for that price, you should look at the JonPaul Carbon bows. They have a great warranty and the don't warp. They are much better than wood bows for the price.

December 30, 2006 at 07:57 AM · $1K? Try a recorder.


December 30, 2006 at 08:20 AM · Well Bruno, Where in the US are you planning on being? Also another good option is ordering offline at a retailer such as Shar (they have a bunch of great violins <$800 and bows <$200) and have them shipped internationally to Brazil. The shipping might cost a bit though, exspecially with insurance.

December 30, 2006 at 09:40 PM · Go East, young man.

I have played many £150 - £500 Chinese violins that out-perform many fiddles costing say £1200- £3500.

I have no idea how they will mature, but they are better now.


December 30, 2006 at 10:58 PM · I had a budget of 2K and ended up spending only $850.00 on a new Romanian violin, an "Enesco Antiqued" from a "Euro-Workshop series" (made in Reghin, Romania) and I just love it. The violin salesperson at the music store laughed at my expression after I'd tested it for the first time. (I'd told him I wasn't interested in such a low priced instrument and he said, "trust me.") My teacher and I did a blind test with two other violins around my 2K price range and while the Enesco didn't blow away the others, both she and I agreed they were all comparable.

Heck of a sound for $850.00. And very playable. And quite pretty, too. (In the end, like in life, looks DO matter, if only a tiny bit...)

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