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Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

Read our interview with Hans Anderson about making a great violin sound.

Ashot Vartanian

Ashot Vartanian

An introduction to our Master Luthier, Ashot Vartanian.

Trade Ins

Trade Ins

100% Trade-In Policy on SHAR instruments. There's never been a better time to "step-up" to your next violin.

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.


TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $250 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.

Our most popular Franz Hoffmann violin, the Concert is designed to bring out the best performance in students, and is an instrument they can stay with for years.

This beautifully hand carved violin is finished with a quality spirit varnish to bring out the best sound from the aged tonewoods. Consistent quality, playability and visual appeal, combined with its value, make the Concert a violin that stands out. Made by our partner workshop in China, each Concert is inspected and adjusted in Ann Arbor. In 4/4 - 1/8 sizes.

This Franz Hoffmann violin does not come with any accessories, it is the violin only. Most players purchase an outfit to start which includes a case, bow, and rosin, all of which are needed to begin playing. You can find an outfit here.

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

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The BEST $500 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $500 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.


Hand-crafted by our SHAR Beijing Workshop then set-up our SHAR Ann Arbor Workshop, the Lamberti® Sonata has raised the bar for intermediate level violins. Our Carlo Lamberti® model LV11 provides exactly what a player expects from a high quality Chinese violin from SHAR: impressive performance, a beautiful finish, and an outstanding value. Set-up in the SHAR workshop with premium fittings and strings. 4/4 to 1/8 sizes.

"This violin will allow advancing small students to make rapid progress with tone development and fast passage. Its powerful and rich tone will delight and surprise a deserving student, especially one who has grown used to the limitations of their present violin."
- Charles Avsharian, Shar CEO

"Why do I love the Lamberti violins? Because they allow my students to have a bright, clear-sounding instrument that both projects and is very sweet to the ear. Parents will enjoy hearing their child practice all afternoon on this violin and so will the student."
- Rebecca Appert, Violinist, Teacher and Shar Violin Shop Specialist

$479.00

A favorite among Suzuki and other Private teachers who prefer a warm tone with strong projection.

The Maestro is a beautifully-performing and dependable violin that possesses all the hallmarks of time-tested craftsmanship. The tone, playability, hand-feel and consistency will keep students motivated, teachers impressed and parents delighted. With an unusually warm, round tone, yet outstanding projection, the Franz Hoffmann Maestro stands a head taller than other student violins at this price. Carefully adjusted and test played in our Ann Arbor workshop, your Maestro is ready to play and sure to delight for years to come. 4/4 - 1/4 sizes.

$2,500.00

John Cheng® Guarneri Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

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Inspired by one of the most beautiful violins ever made, the 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri. This John Cheng model has the unmistakable Guarneri sound - dark, complex and voluptuous, with great projection. The beautiful reddish-brown antique varnish is decidedly dramatic and inspiring. Setup in Ann Arbor by our professional staff, fitted with top-level strings and tested and adjusted by a skilled player to achieve optimal performance.

$900.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Experience what hundreds of players have discovered about the Bianca, our most popular European instrument. The Bianca is especially in its element performing chamber music, where it blends easily with the other players.

This new addition to the Fischer line offers violinists a warm, round sound that is pleasant for both player and audience. The only Fischer made in Romania, the attention to detail by our partner workshop follows the German tradition of meticulous handcraftsmanship. The result is a fantastic sounding European violin under $1000.

$169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

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Recommended for Beginners trying violin to see if they like it. An affordable alternative to a V.S.O. "Violin Shaped Object" that hinders new players success and discourages them from continuing.

As any teacher will tell you, a violin for a beginning student must function flawlessly and play with ease, producing a pleasant sound. The Amadeus does just that and has gone through a three step quality inspection process before you receive it.

Visually appealing, the Amadeus is made of quality maple, spruce and ebony. The hand feel is very smooth, and the sound is enhanced by Overture Premium strings and a carbon fiber tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners. The bridge is accurately carved, and the pegs turn smoothly. The outfit includes a shaped foam case, rosin and brazilwood/horsehair bow. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$1,100.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

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Our original Carlo Lamberti violin, developed by Charles Avsharian, Shar CEO, continues to be very popular among advancing players and their teachers. The reason is that it offers a warm, sweet tone with a variety of tonal colors at a price that is hundreds less than violins of equal capabilities. This vioiln is made entirely by hand in China to our exacting specifications. Quality craftsmanship, tasteful hand-varnish, striking wood flaming, premium fittings and strings all combine to make these exceptional violins... yet each has itsown unique voice and look.

There is an amazing variety of violins being made in China today, at every playing level and at every possible level of quality. Frankly, there are so many that locating a violin of high quality is a real art. Our Carlo Lamberti violins are made by hand in just four workshops, among the very finest in all of China. These are the workshops of dedicated masters who understand and apply the traditional European techniques of violin making. Our full, professional setup in our Ann Arbor shop optimizes what each violin has to offer. That why the Carlo Lamberti name is your assurance of high quality and the best value in today's violin market.

"I love the AV1000 violin because of its beautiful clear, soprano-like sound."
- Paul Cheng, Violinist, Teacher & Shar Violin Shop Specialist

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 30, 2014

Excellent violin for the money!!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

Fast shipping! Great sounding violin!! Recommended by my daughter's violin teacher. Very nice.

$169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

REVIEWED ON: November 28, 2014

Very good

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

My student had a 1/4 size of this model, and was very happy with it. She has recently upgraded to the 1/2 size, and is sounding very good.

$209.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin - Instrument Only - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 28, 2014

Excellent

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

I've purchased this myself for teaching use. Very good quality. Introduced my students to it, and they love it.

$169.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 28, 2014

Great beginner instrument

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

Got this for a beginning teenager, and it was great.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: November 01, 2014

Oops!

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I wrote the review directly below this one. I know it reads 1 star but that was a complete mistake. I was in a hurry and accidentally pressed the wrong number of stars. This violin deserves 5 stars. Not one. Sorry about the mistake in the previous review.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: October 15, 2014

AWESOME SOUND. SO RICH

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I ordered violin because my old one (made by Suzuki and sounding like a tin can) was much to small. I also needed a better instrument with a pleasing tone. The varnish had lots of small blemishes on the top, but are only noticeable under close inspection. The sound is wonderful!!!!!!!!! So rich and amazing. words just don't do justice. I recommend this violin to any student. It came over the weekend in a case that we didn't order. We called shar, and they gave the case to us for FREE.

$249.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 29, 2014

Fiddle: 5 Stars, Bow 1.

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reviewed by: Student, CHAD CALDWELL

I've had my Etude for about 4 months now and feel that I can now give a proper review. While this is my first fiddle, I have played guitar for about 20 years and know a little about instruments and what to expect when purchasing. Sound: this is by far the most important thing to me and I've got to say the fiddle sounded great out of the box considering what I payed for it... I recently switched to dominant strings and now it sounds even better! Looks: Overall the fiddle is pretty, especially from far away. I love the color of the finish and the amount of flame on the back, however when looked at closely there are noticeable finishing flaws particularly in the purfling and in any tight spots (like the peg box). Sadly, this lack of attention to detail is to be expected in this price range and did not surprise me. Feel: Feels good to play, there are no ruff spots or jagged spots. As far as I can tell the set-up by Shar was first rate. Package: This is where I was disappointed. While the case is nice and seems like it will last as long as it isn't abused, the bow that I received is garbage it is significantly warped and will be replaced as soon as I can afford carbon fiber. In conclusion: I am very happy with the Etude, as I said it sounds fantastic for the price, however if I had it to do all over again, I would have inquired about what the upcharge would be to swap bows for the package

$199.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 05, 2014

Awesome instrument!!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

My daughter has been playing the Prelude for 7 years. We are on our 3rd one. It plays great and gives a wonderful sound. All of her teachers since she was 5 have loved her instrument and have been impressed with the sound!!! We will eventually increase to a "better" quality but for now we have no need to!

$1,100.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 04, 2014

Great Violin

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I really like this violin. I used to have an awful student instrument and stepped up to this instrument. What a difference it made! It has great projection, an even tone, and sings beautifully for me. It does have a slightly nasal quality to its sound, but other than that I have absolutely fallen in love with this instrument.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: July 25, 2014

Very impressed!

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reviewed by: Teacher, JACOLINE SCHOT

I am very impressed with the sound quality of this violin! I just bought a 3/4 size for my grandson, and just loved playing it myself. The sound is deep, rich, refined and more. I have bought 5 different types of violins from Shar, and even though some others were far more expensive, I feel that this one sounds the best of all. No 2 violins will ever sound the same, even though they may be of the same trademark, so maybe I was just lucky with this particular instrument?