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Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

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

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

National Rentals, SHAR Way

National Rentals, SHARWay

Whether you are just starting out or steadily improving, SHAR is committed to helping you achieve the highest possible musical goals.

$250.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin - Instrument Only

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

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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.

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.

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

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.

$500.00

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

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

This Carlo Lamberti 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.

$1,000.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

How Do You Improve a Classic?


Developed by Charles Avsharian, SHAR CEO, our original Carlo Lamberti violin is a popular choice among advancing players and their teachers. And for many good reasons: a warm, sweet tone, with a variety of tonal colors, quality Chinese craftsmanship, tasteful hand-varnish, striking wood flaming, premium fittings and strings all combine to make these exceptional violins. Our all-new Lamberti Classic starts with the same qualities, and takes them to the next level. You will notice this in balanced and seamless tone, the buttery varnish, and the exquisite attention to detail in the workmanship. In fact, we believe there is no better violin anywhere in this price range. The Lamberti Classic is Best In Class!

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$449.00

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.

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

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.

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$279.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Our recommended "Step-Up" instrument for Beginners and Intermediate players who either have some playing experience or wish to start with an instrument that will allow for more rapid development of their skills.


A popular choice with parents and teachers willing to spend a bit more for a warmer sound. Made by hand in our Chinese partner workshop, finished with a spirit varnish to bring out even more of the sound, and set-up with Overture Ultra strings. This level of craftsmanship is not found on any other student violin in this price range. A solid spruce top, inlaid purfling, solid maple sides and neck, and ebony fittings all combine to make this an excellent student instrument. Available in 4/4 -1/2 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$309.00

Franz Hoffmann® Deluxe Etude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

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Our recommended "Step-Up" instrument for Beginners and Intermediate players who either have some playing experience or wish to start with an instrument that will allow for more rapid development of their skills.


A popular choice with parents and teachers willing to spend a bit more for a warmer sound. Made by hand in our Chinese partner workshop, finished with a spirit varnish to bring out even more of the sound, and set-up with Overture Ultra strings. This level of craftsmanship is not found on any other student violin in this price range. A solid spruce top, inlaid purfling, solid maple sides and neck, and ebony fittings all combine to make this an excellent student instrument. Available in 4/4 -1/2 sizes.

$389.00

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.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$369.00

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.

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.

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$279.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Our recommended "Step-Up" instrument for Beginners and Intermediate players who either have some playing experience or wish to start with an instrument that will allow for more rapid development of their skills.


A popular choice with parents and teachers willing to spend a bit more for a warmer sound. Made by hand in our Chinese partner workshop, finished with a spirit varnish to bring out even more of the sound, and set-up with Overture Ultra strings. This level of craftsmanship is not found on any other student violin in this price range. A solid spruce top, inlaid purfling, solid maple sides and neck, and ebony fittings all combine to make this an excellent student instrument. Available in 4/4 -1/2 sizes.

$975.00

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.

$2,500.00

John Cheng® Limited Series Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

Play

The BEST $2,500 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.


TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $2,500 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $50 gift certificate for your efforts.

We asked for the very best from the John Cheng workshop, and they responded with this remarkable limited series. Inspired by the greatest known Guarneri del Gesus, each violin is delicately handcrafted using European tonewoods carefully selected and patiently aged. The resulting tonal characteristics are refined and graceful yet with a powerful, muscular sound. The John Cheng Limited Edition Guarneri is at its best in recital, where it amply fills the room with its appealing sound.

"The violins of the John Cheng Limited series are outstanding instruments of superb quality. An instrument of this caliber would be at home on the concert stage or recording studio. In fact, I am looking forward to using one in my own recording work."
- Endre Granat,
Concertmaster, Hollywood Studios

"I just recently purchased a John Cheng Limited Series violin as a backup to my Gagliano, and I love it. I find the power, depth, richness and ease of playing to be astonishing. I see this as a real game changer for my students, for this instrument is comparable to violins costing much more."
- Larry Shapiro,
Artist in Residence, Professor of Violin, Butler University

$449.00

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.

$975.00

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.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$1,000.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

How Do You Improve a Classic?


Developed by Charles Avsharian, SHAR CEO, our original Carlo Lamberti violin is a popular choice among advancing players and their teachers. And for many good reasons: a warm, sweet tone, with a variety of tonal colors, quality Chinese craftsmanship, tasteful hand-varnish, striking wood flaming, premium fittings and strings all combine to make these exceptional violins. Our all-new Lamberti Classic starts with the same qualities, and takes them to the next level. You will notice this in balanced and seamless tone, the buttery varnish, and the exquisite attention to detail in the workmanship. In fact, we believe there is no better violin anywhere in this price range. The Lamberti Classic is Best In Class!

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: June 11, 2017

Beautiful!

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reviewed by: SHIRLEY BOYER

This is an absolutely beautiful instrument and has a lovely tone! My granddaughter could instantly tell the difference from the school loaner she had had all year! She loves it and enjoys practicing now and will play without having to be reminded...something her parents are enjoying too! Also my son says he can listen to her practicing without wincing...even he can tell the tone is exceptional!

$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: May 19, 2017

Very pleased!

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reviewed by: RYAN JOHNSON

I just recently rented one of these outfits, along with the presto ovation bow, and have to say I am so glad I pulled the trigger on it. I was really getting frustrated with my $500 student instrument - I think having a music background already I just wasn't enjoying the sound of a student instrument, but I also wasn't ready to spend thousands on a more advanced violin. I know everyone says they "setup" their instruments before shipping them out, but Shar really does live up to that promise. The whole setup just sounds fantastic, the pegs are just right, the bridge - everything. And I think it goes without saying that the tone of the instrument itself is well worth the money as well. Very nice rich sound - I have hardly put it down since it arrived.

$449.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC100 Case - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: May 18, 2017

Very pleased

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reviewed by: Student, DAVID FREMONT SMITH

This instrument is a great improvement over the sound quality of a fairly inexpensive Cecilio outfit (tho it wasn't the cheapest) i had bought on Amazon. The TC100 case is also a big improvement, and I upgraded the bow on the Maestro kit to a Presto Ovation carbon fiber. This bow is much better balanced and easier to control. Very happy thus far with this purchase.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: May 18, 2017

NO BOW - Beware

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reviewed by: Parent, YVETTE PERCELL

After purchasing this violin for my child. It arrived in the mail, and to my chagrin, it arrived without a BOW. When I called Shar I was told that I needed to purchase one separately.

$369.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Deluxe Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: May 13, 2017

Great violin!

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I purchased this violin outfit several months ago. The violin is absolutely gorgeous. It has a nice full sound, projects well, sounds beautiful. It seems to be made very well. I ended up ordering a carbon fiber bow afterwards, and the case that comes with the deluxe outfit was out of stock when I ordered so we replaced it for a different one, so I can't speak about those.. but the violin is wonderful!

$2,050.00

Lamberti Master Series Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: May 08, 2017

Enjoying the violin

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reviewed by: MINATI DEVI

I got violin LV20 G44 in Jan 2017 for my daughter. Many players and teachers have spontaneously commented on how nice the violin looks and sounds. The wood work is really nice. We experienced problem with little loose keys ( again nicely carved wood) in the dry weather of Alberta in Canada. But keeping the violin in the box with a small humidifier ( that I bought for $8/-) solved the problem.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/16 size

REVIEWED ON: March 31, 2017

hoped for the best but have been disappointed

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reviewed by: Teacher, JESSICA LANDES

I have been observing the overall performance of a Franz Hoffmann Prelude 1/16 size that I bought for my daughter and that a student of mine bought. It had some good things going for it on paper and so I was hopeful. Right out of the box the G string was very hard to get any distinguishable tone out of and that continues to this day. I have had little success in getting ringing tones out of any of the strings and in general I've kind of given up on working towards a beautiful tone simply because the instrument is not capable of one (even though my students are). In my experience these instruments fall out of tune easily and are constantly needing to be retuned. I had the chance to compare this 1/16 size with a 1/16 size rental from a local luthier selling Chinese instruments and the rental was better by far on the above points. I can no longer recommend this Franz Hoffman Prelude 1/16 outfit.

$389.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC66 Case - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: March 11, 2017

Great-5 Star

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

This violin is just great. No problems!

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/10 size

REVIEWED ON: March 07, 2017

Nice beginner instrument

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

This 1/10 Hoffman Amadeus outfit is fine for our 4 year old who practices 10 minutes daily. It is decent quality, fits in the case. The bow broke but was promptly replaced after a call to customer service. I'm satisfied with the instrument for that price.

$4,500.00

John Cheng Reserve Solo Artist Violin

REVIEWED ON: February 19, 2017

Amazing sound!!

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reviewed by: JOEL GARCIA

Am very happy with my Cheng Solo Artist! This violin sings sweet melodies like never before. This is truly a fine sounding instrument as it is aesthetically pleasing. Warm and focused tone across all registers. Projection is phenomenal. I tried out several violins in similar price range and this one beat them hands down. Thank you Mr Mike Overdier for your help and expertise. Overall a very fine sounding instrument. You truly get what you pay for.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T12

Q. What are the exact measurement of the 1/2 size Hoffman violin outfit / case? I am traveling on a Canadian airline and they request the size of the case (for an exception to have it as a carry on). Thank you!

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ASKED BY: BEATRICE GIRARD

FROM: COLCHESTER, VT

ASKED ON: June 22, 2017

A. Hi Beatrice! The case included in this instrument outfit measures: Length 27.5" x Width (widest) 9.5" x Height x 5". Hope this helps!

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$8,800.00

Amedee Dieudonne Mirecourt Anno 1930 Violin

ITEM NUMBER: F2 S5216

Q. I'm just curious on how much is it to home trial a violin. Is it cheaper if I were to try more than one, or is it a set price per violin?

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ASKED BY: GORDON FURUTO

FROM: HONOLULU, HI

ASKED ON: June 02, 2017

A. For more information on instrument trials, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help!

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$269.00

Franz Hoffmann® Vienna Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HEV300

Q. The description says an oil varnish, but in the features it says a spirit varnish. So which is it? I noticed this on the Romanian violins, in every case not just the Vienna.

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ASKED BY: ROGER NOEL DAVIS

FROM: CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY

ASKED ON: May 31, 2017

A. Hi Roger! Sorry for the confusion, this violin has an oil varnish. Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

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Karl Joseph Schneider® Premier Violin - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: KJS7044

Q. hi is this violin look exactly what the website shows would you be able to send me a pic via email

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ASKED BY: Tj Passig

FROM: Ruidoso, NM

ASKED ON: May 30, 2017

A. Hi TJ, thanks for your question! Yes, the violin pictured is an accurate representation of the current available inventory of this instrument. If you have additional questions regarding this violin, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427.

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Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SVB

Q. Can we request specific strings to be put on the Franz Hoffmann Maestro 3/4 violin? If so how would I go about making that specific order? thanks, Bethany

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ASKED BY: BETHANY HODGES

FROM: TAYLORSVILLE, NC

ASKED ON: May 23, 2017

A. Hi Bethany, thanks for your question! This instrument comes setup with strings already installed but you are welcome to purchase specific strings separately. Please contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions.

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Wang Artisto Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: WZ85T 44

Q. Hi! I was wondering if I could use my trade-in credit from my viola rental or to trade in my Franz Hoffmann etude violin I got from Shar for the John Cheng Artisto outfit? Thank you!

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ASKED BY: FAYONG ZHANG

FROM: ANN ARBOR, MI

ASKED ON: May 21, 2017

A. Hi Fayong! Please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427, to discuss all trade-in options. We can help you find the best deal!

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Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T44

Q. I ordered this violin about a week ago, and it is backordered. Any idea how long it might be on backorder? Thanks!

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ASKED BY: BRITTANY BROWN

FROM: ELON, NC

ASKED ON: May 21, 2017

A. Hi Brittany! For more information on your order and stock availability, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. We are available from 10am-6pm EST, Monday-Friday. Thanks!

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Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HV100

Q. I am looking for a violin set as i am a beginner. I would like to know that the price of Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin size 4/4 on your website 139$ is including the bow, bag and etc. Please clarify me.

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ASKED BY: Arash Salary

FROM: Glendale, CA

ASKED ON: May 10, 2017

A. Hi Arash, thanks for your question! This product listing is for the violin only. This instrument is available with an outfit which includes a case and bow. Please follow the link to view. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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Carlo Lamberti Birdseye Violin 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: LV22

Q. Hi Can we make this an outfit? Thanks, Erin

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ASKED BY: Erin Turner

FROM: Waukesha, WI

ASKED ON: May 08, 2017

A. Hi Erin, thanks for your question! To create an outfit for this instrument, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help.

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Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC100 Case - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WH44

Q. Can I upgrade the bow with this outfit?

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ASKED BY: BETHELEE WESTON

FROM: TRAVERSE CITY, MI

ASKED ON: May 03, 2017

A. Hi Bethelee, thanks for your question! For upgrade options, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427.

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