Purchasing a violin after 20 year break, in Australia
I played violin for about 3 or so years (was playing grade 3-4 pieces but would have been far off exam standard) about twenty years ago and haven't played since. I'm looking to get back into it with lessons and potentially doing AMEB exams eventually, and am on the search for a new violin purchase here in Australia that will last me a few years. I can't go into stores at the moment due to lock down, so am doing a lot of online research at the moment.
My budget will be a maximum of $1,500 with all setup costs. From online videos I think I'm liking the sound of the Gliga 1 violin and was just wondering on peoples thoughts, if there are any other better options available here in Australia. I know it also has a lot to do with the setup, so I'd be happy to buy the basic package and then take it to a luthier to enhance it.
Another one which has also stood out to me in my price range is the Otto Jos Klier series on violins.com.au, but there seems to be a lot of those so not sure what the differences of them all are. I am in Melbourne and that store is in Sydney so that could be another little hurdle.
If anyone had any thoughts I'd be most grateful. Also, when we are out of lockdown, do you recommend any music stores / luthiers in particular in Melbourne. I don't mind paying a bit extra to get the best setup of whichever instrument I buy.
Many thanks in advance and I really look forward to getting back into the violin. I have also started piano, but I just can't go past the sound of a beautifully played violin which is my all time favourite so plan to pursue both now.
"I know it also has a lot to do with the setup, so I'd be happy to buy the basic package and then take it to a luthier to enhance it."
Indeed, it's probably reasonable to believe that the fiddles that DIDN'T pass a luthier/shop's quality-control check are the ones that are being sold directly by the workshop online.
Thank you for your responses. I certainly have no intention of buying anything online, I'm just doing research at this stage and plan to visit local stores (when I know who are the reputable ones locally to me) when I'm allowed to to listen to the instruments in person. At the moment I can't go anywhere as we're in lock down. :(
In Melbourne, and suburbs, try Whitehorse Music, and the best value might be their "Struna" range (own brand of Chinese imported instruments). They have their own luthier. Worth a shot, anyway.
Which side of melbourne are you on?
Melbourne is on 4th stage lockdown FYI.
Thanks Rosemary, I’m in Port Melbourne so both of those places are accessible to me. I know Moorabbin well and have been looking at OzWinds as I was initially looking at a silent violin to get back into it as I live in an apartment. I’ve decided to do it properly now with lessons so want an acoustic. If noise becomes problematic I’ll look down the track at silent, but hopefully a mute when necessary will be enough. Prices vary quite a bit and some stores claim a good setup which I’m happy for if I know it truly is. Or, buy the basic setup and pay a luthier such as that one you mentioned which I’ve heard of to set up nicely. I need lock down to end so I can go and hear a number of violins in person. I doubt If even remember a scale after all this time. :(
Just a word of encouragement...I too played as a child and then re-dedicated to the viola after a three decade break. I hope you love it as much as I do! Learning as an adult has be a rich experience.
Whitehorse music are fabulous and also one of the only stores in australia who are happy to ship out instruments or bows on approval.
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