Where can I purchase a violin and accessories? Click here
How much does a violin cost?
Student violins are usually packaged together with a bow, rosin and a case. A good quality beginner instrument that has been ‘set up’ can cost $400-$600. Good brands include Gliga, Ragetti, Suzuki, St. Antonio and Kreisler.
Are there different size violins available for children?
Violins generally come in the following sizes: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4 (full size). Children in their early teens are usually big enough to play a full size violin. Good advice is crucial for fitting the right size for the child, and they should be present when purchasing the instrument.
Can I buy a cheap violin off the internet?
There are different sized violins for children. The violin needs to be in the child’s hands for a correct fitting, which is impossible if buying online. Cheap violins are exactly that. Children deserve a good reliable instrument so they have the best chance at making a beautiful sound.
A decent quality violin will have good strings (Pirastro ‘Piranito’, Thomastik ‘Dominant’ brands), a functioning peg box (the strings should not touch one another), pegs that fit, the bridge cut and set up with even spacing for the strings, a smooth fingerboard, fine tuners (especially important for beginners), the sound post and nut adjusted. A good bow will have quality horse hair, with proper weight and strength so that it doesn’t warp.
What else do I need besides a violin?
Equally important as the violin is to have the appropriate resources which include:
A shoulder rest (Kun or Wolf brands are recommended)
AMEB Violin Technical workbook 1
Suzuki Violin volume 1 book
Suzuki Violin volume 1 CD
A violin tuner or pitch pipe to help tune the violin (ask us for more information)
A music stand
A spare set of strings for those unexpected breakages
Can I rent a violin?
Yes, we occasionally have violins for rent. Alternatively there are several music shops that rent good quality violins.