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Trade-In Otto Ernst Fischer® Guarneri Master Art Violin - 4/4 size

Item# TOF900

Shar: $1,600.00Sale: $1,120.00

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Previously Owned Karl Joseph Schneider® Master Art Violin - 1/2 size

Item# TKJS3012

Shar: $2,000.00Sale: $1,400.00

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The beloved Karl Joseph Schneider® Master Art violin had been one of the most teacher-recommended violins we ever offered. And no wonder: superb tone and balance, careful German craftsmanship and a wonderful "Old German" antique varnish, all add up to a winner. Our careful shop setup and play testing assures that your new Schneider® violin will perform at its best as soon as it arrives in your home.

In a world of mass-produced merchandise that lacks "that certain something", isn't it comforting to know that there are still skilled craftsmen making violins using time-tested methods that were handed down to them by past generations? Our German-made Karl Joeseph Schneider® violins are hand-made, often in the very homes of skilled "Geigenbaumeisters". All of our Schneider® violins are made to our specifications, carefully designed for students that are moving up to an instrument capable of bringing out a broad range of musical expression.

"The Schneider® Master Art has been very popular ever since we started carrying this violin. I personally like it for its very rich, warm sound. Though a warm violin, it still has a lot of power to project in a large hall. They also come in fractional sizes, making them perfect for an advancing student."
- Aaron Prior, Violist and Shar Violin Shop Sales Supervisor

Blemished Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Cello - Instrument Only - 1/2 size

Item# BHC12012

Shar: $799.00Sale: $497.00

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It was time - our best-selling Prelude cello has always been an outstanding value in a beginner's cello. But we were delighted when we found a workshop that raised the bar! Working closely with this workshop and our instrument partner in Beijing, we finally created the best beginner cello on the market today: The New Prelude Cello.

Hand-carved aged flamed maple and clear, straight-grained spruce, the new Prelude is as much a delight to look at as it is to play. The delicately shaded golden-brown varnish is spirit-based and hand applied, allowing the Prelude to vibrate freely and the sound to blossom. Careful attention to the ebony fingerboard allows your young student to advance quickly, without fighting poor setup. Smoothly functioning ebony pegs, perfectly-fitted bridge and post and final test playing and adjustment at our Ann Arbor workshop ensures that the Prelude will perform perfectly, with no wolf tones.

Blemished Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Bass - Instrument Only - 3/4 size

Item# BHB12034

Shar: $1,699.00Sale: $1,359.00

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The perfect bass for that serious student in your household - excellent performance, easy playability, and a bright sounding tone - at a value price! This bass is made of fine laminates which have been carefully dried and aged. This process ensures durability which is critical in a large instrument. A beautiful veneer is then applied over the surface of the wood. Unlike many lesser basses, the Prelude has a sturdy ebony fingerboard, an adjustable bridge, and is set-up with Helicore strings. Made in China and set-up in Ann Arbor.


This Franz Hoffmann bass does not come with any accessories, it is the bass 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.

(T) Otto Ernst Fischer Artist cello OF600C

Item# TOF600C44

Shar: $3,750.00Sale: $2,625.00

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Please call a Violin Shop representative at 866.742.7270 for information about this instrument.

Previously Owned - Slight Wear - Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin - 1/4 size

Item# TLV11 14

Shar: $500.00Sale: $350.00

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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.

"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

Trade-In Karl Joseph Schneider® Master Art Violin Instrument - 1/4 Size

Item# TKJS3014

Shar: $2,000.00Sale: $1,400.00

In Stock

The beloved Karl Joseph Schneider® Master Art violin had been one of the most teacher-recommended violins we ever offered. And no wonder: superb tone and balance, careful German craftsmanship and a wonderful "Old German" antique varnish, all add up to a winner. Our careful shop setup and play testing assures that your new Schneider® violin will perform at its best as soon as it arrives in your home.

In a world of mass-produced merchandise that lacks "that certain something", isn't it comforting to know that there are still skilled craftsmen making violins using time-tested methods that were handed down to them by past generations? Our German-made Karl Joeseph Schneider® violins are hand-made, often in the very homes of skilled "Geigenbaumeisters". All of our Schneider® violins are made to our specifications, carefully designed for students that are moving up to an instrument capable of bringing out a broad range of musical expression.

"The Schneider® Master Art has been very popular ever since we started carrying this violin. I personally like it for its very rich, warm sound. Though a warm violin, it still has a lot of power to project in a large hall. They also come in fractional sizes, making them perfect for an advancing student."
- Aaron Prior, Violist and Shar Violin Shop Sales Supervisor

Previously Owned - Slight Wear - Otto Ernst Fischer® Stradivari Symphony Violin - 3/4 size

Item# TOF45034

Shar: $629.00Sale: $440.00

In Stock

This instrument has been returned by players trading up to another instrument. All go through a full inspection, restoration, and tonal adjustment. Only instruments that are in very good to excellent condition are offered for sale to ensure your complete satisfaction, and wear is only cosmetic and has no effect on performance. They carry our full return privileges, warranties and trade-in credits towards future purchases at Shar.For the advancing student ready to step up to a better violin, or to step into a German instrument, this is an ideal choice. Traditional German craftsmanship is coupled with excellent spirit varnish that allows the sound to blossom - very important for a student beginning to explore a wider range of artistic expression. This trim, appealing violin will offer years of service to the dedicated student. Each Otto Ernst Fischer Stradivari Symphony violin is carefully adjusted and test-played at our Ann Arbor facility, assuring optimal tonal response.

Previously Owned - Slight Wear - Carlo Lamberti Sonata Violin - Instrument Only - 1/8 size

Item# TLV11 18

Shar: $500.00Sale: $350.00

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The BEST $500 Violin in the World.
Guaranteed.

This is the best $500 violin you will find anywhere! In fact, if you find one that you think is better, simply return the Sonata within 30 days, and we will refund you the full cost, plus postage both ways. We'll even give you a $20 SHAR gift certificate!

Our Carlo Lambert®i 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.

"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

Previously Owned Carlo Lamberti® Model Sonata Violin - Instrument Only - 1/2 size

Item# TLV11 12

Shar: $500.00Sale: $350.00

In Stock

Our Carlo Lambert®i 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.
"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

Trade-In Carlo Lamberti Artist Violin - 3/4 size

Item# TLV2534

Shar: $2,000.00Sale: $1,399.30

In Stock

Blemished Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only - 4/4 size

Item# BHV120 44

Shar: $169.00Sale: $118.00

In Stock

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

The Prelude is hand made by skilled artisans in China 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. Available in 4/4 to 1/16 sizes.

Franz Hoffmann.
You can hear the difference!


Beginnings are critical. That is why we are committed to offering the best student instruments to beginning players. We believe this commitment is why Hoffmann instruments have become so popular with teachers, schools, parents, and beginning students of all ages.

We designed Franz Hoffmann instruments to give you the absolute best student violins, violas, cellos, and basses available on the market today. The consistent quality in materials, construction, playability, tone, and visual appeal make them a great value for every beginning string student.

Working closely with workshops, we have carefully designed and crafted each Franz Hoffmann instrument to ensure our specifications are met. These instruments are then taken back to our Ann Arbor workshop to better provide aspiring musicians with easy playability and a beautiful finish.

Nothing excites and inspires a budding musician like an instrument that looks, feels and sounds just right.

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