I'm looking into getting a new violin, and I have a couple choices, which is best?

November 1, 2021, 11:27 AM · https://fiddlershop.com/products/holstein-traditional-amati-violin?_pos=1&_sid=0ea59ce67&_ss=r

https://fiddlershop.com/products/holstein-traditional-kreisler-violin?_pos=3&_sid=0ea59ce67&_ss=r

https://fiddlershop.com/products/holstein-traditional-red-mendelssohn-violin?_pos=1&_sid=5407e6575&_ss=r

https://www.violins.com/p-394-dragon-30-violin.aspx

https://www.violins.com/p-516-revelle-model-600-violin.aspx


My budget isn't too large, since I'm still in high school. If you have any other violin recommendations, let me know :)

Thanks for the help

Replies (7)

November 1, 2021, 11:40 AM · Go to some stores and try as many violins as you can!
November 1, 2021, 11:42 AM · What Lyndon said.

Also your teacher should definitely be involved in this decision.

November 1, 2021, 5:51 PM · Classical, The answers above are certainly correct. Even such great makers as Stradivari, whose 300-year old instruments are now selling for more than 10,000 times the price of the instruments you are considering can vary significantly from item to item. So, you must test the instruments you consider in person and also have time to work with "the one" at home before your money is finally committed.

Even "manufactured" violins such as you have linked will vary from item to item within the same brand and style for a variety of reasons. So even if you select an instrument type that someone else loves you have no idea if it will be anywhere near the same or if it will suit your own ears.

If you can get to a good violin shop you will probably have better luck. That said my own son has had good luck purchasing bows from Fiddlershop and dealing with the company - you might be able to talk with them by phone if you can describe your "dream fiddle." Your teacher, if you have one, should be involved in assisting you with your choice of this next instrument.

Edited: November 1, 2021, 9:41 PM · Like above, go to a shop. Test everything in your budget range. Test one a little bit outside it just to see what the difference is. Narrow it down to your favourites, then... pick the one with the nicest colour. Ask to take it home for a week. If the week is up and you have nothing to complain about then there is your violin.

Violins are not like factory guitars or pianos. There is a looot of random variation in violins of the exact same shape and size and brand. So, buying online is kind of like a lottery, and the odds are similar.

November 2, 2021, 1:31 AM · I highly recommend watching this video by TwoSet on the darker elements of instrument dealership: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAU_6huLGQ8
Edited: November 2, 2021, 7:47 AM · Cautionary tale, if it's at all possible take your teacher or a violinist friend with you to the store for a blind listening test. I almost bought the wrong violin last year as I was shopping with my eyes without realizing it. My memory conflated the looks of one instrument with the sound of another at my first visit.

As it turned out, the one I THOUGHT I wanted sounded worse than my workshop intermediate violin and the beat up one with multiple repaired cracks had, and still does, a rich and vibrant sound. Don't buy online unless there is no other choice. Even really good recordings are limited by both the recording equipment and your computer/software/etc on your end.

November 4, 2021, 4:31 PM · Catherine's point is a good one. You want someone along with you to play the violins so you can hear what they will sound like to people listening to you. One that sounds good under your ear may not sound so good to those listening to it.


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