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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.

Trade Ins

Trade Ins

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

In Home Trials

Shar Music in Home Trial

Our Safe, Easy, and Risk-Free In Home Trial Program allows you to try up to 2 violas for a 7 day trial period.

A Schmidt™ Brazilwood Violin Bow

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

A. Schmidt brazilwood bows are a good choice for young players. Offers better flexibility, response, and playability. Fully-lined ebony frog with Parisian three-part button, thumb leather, wire winding.


IMPORTANT: Most instrument replacement parts are not intended to be
installed by the customer; they MUST be installed by a trained luthier.
SHAR cannot assume any liability for damage that may be caused by
improper installation of replacement parts.

Violin, Aubert Mirecourt Deluxe. France. Aged maple. 4/4 only. Treated.


Baroque Pernambuco Violin Bow - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Baroque bows have always held a fascination with classical string players for their old-world elegance and beauty, but they have traditionally been too expensive for all but the serious Baroque player or the classical player/bow collector. After receiving numerous requests over the years we have worked to develop a Baroque bow that would be affordable for a beginning Baroque player or for a classical player interested in owning a bow in this elegant style. There is no notable difference in performance between pernambuco and snakewood bows.

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 KVB Brazilwood bow, rosin and TC66 shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 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.


Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Viola - 15.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: February 26, 2014


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reviewed by: JOHN RIGGS

I am very pleased with this viola. I had tried out a group of them through the Shar home trials, but settled on a 16.5 inch Bianca because of the tone and balance. It doesn't hurt that it's also a beautiful instrument. Thank you Shar!!!


Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: January 07, 2014

Inspect your Strings carefully

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reviewed by: Anonymous

The strings coming with the viola are of low quality. Need to inspect them carefully within 30 days. Otherwise Sharmusic will not do anything for you. You may need to add $100 budge upfront to replace the strings.


Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: January 07, 2014

Inspect your Strings carefully

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reviewed by: Anonymous

The strings coming with the viola are of low quality. Need to inspect carefully within the 30 days if anything goes wrong. Over 30 days, Sharmusic will not do anything for you. Add $100 in your budget upfront to replace the strings.


Franz Hoffmann® Etude Viola - Instrument Only - 16.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: November 01, 2013

Better than expected

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reviewed by: Anonymous

Due to a shortage of the size viola I needed this viola was my only option. It is gorgeous instrument, and while the sound is certainly not like a more expensive viola it is pretty decent for a student instrument. The bottom notes are deep and resonant, and it plays very easily. A nicer set of strings may improve things. For $200 though, this is a fantastic buy!


Previously Owned - Slight Wear - Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Viola Outfit - 14 inch

REVIEWED ON: July 10, 2013

warm resonating tone

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reviewed by: DONNA ALDRICH

I am very pleased with the previously owned Maestro viola (made in Romainia). I wasn't sure what I would get for such an inexpensive viola but was very surprized with the pleasant tone. I bought it for myself but had my son, who is much more advanced played, play it and it sounded so rich and beautiful. I decided to buy him a Maestro violin, which we are also happy with.


Franz Hoffmann® Concert Viola - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: May 13, 2013

Pleased Parent

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After a week's worth of research for my daughter's replacement Viola I decided this one offered the best value in the range we could afford. I chose the instrument only so I could select a premium case and bow for her separatly. We got it within 3 days. They logically packed the instrument very well, utilizing the case I ordered to encase the instrument, bow and extra strings with the shoulder rest within the outer box. My daughter tuned it and played the same song on both her old one and this one. Unbelievable difference over her old bottom end piece. The sound was crisp and clear besides being almost three times as loud as her old one (I'll need to get her a mute next!) I am VERY pleased with this purchase as will my daughters music instructor once she hears the difference. Thank You Sharmusic


Franz Hoffmann®Amadeus Viola Outfit - 15.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: April 02, 2013


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reviewed by: DAVE HARPER

This viola surpasses anything I could imagine getting at this price point anywhere else by mail. The low C is deep and resonant. Easy playability on the set up. Pegs turn easily and stay put. A fine outfit. This is my first dealing with Shar. It won't be my last. A wonderful supplier for strings for those of us who live far away from any real string shop. My wife was thrilled by the sound of this instrument, too. This beds well!


Carlo Lamberti® Tertis Viola - 15.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: March 31, 2013

Very Nice Instrument

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I think now I'm ready to do the review of this instrument. Mine is 16.5" which could be a 17" in terms of cases, but not so sure so you might try a 16.5" case to see if it fits. Good things about this viola: first of all, it is true that it sounds like a cello, not to me though but looks like it does sound like that to people. I was doing a gig the other day and someone from the second violins next to me told me he thought he had a cello by his side. So I would say it sounds really deep, sorry but violas have their own identity and don't like the comparison ;) The other thing is I had to change many of the accessories: Eva Pirazzi strings sound better than the ones it came with; the bridge was extremely high so a luthier lowered it for me and now is perfect; I think he also moved the sound post; and the last change i did was the tailpiece, I got one of those boxwood with 4 tuners (not the expensive one for around $300, but one for $74) and the size is 135mm, the one it came with i think is 125mm or less. Something I discovered is this viola should be played with a light bow, the instrument sounds too much already so do not force it with a heavy bow. I forgot one of the things I love the most in this instrument, the neck is very comfortable to play, my previous viola had a wide neck so i know how it feels and hurts; and the instrument is very light for it size. PS: Many people in my section want to try my viola now, even violinists :D


Blemished Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola - Instrument Only - 15.5 inch

REVIEWED ON: January 29, 2013

Very playable but lacking in tone

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reviewed by: MICHAEL DAVIS

My Amadeus came with Shars excellent setup and is very playable More than worth what I paid for it. I bought this as a travel viola. If you're looking at this instrument for a beginner though I would highly recommend going to the Concert line. The Concert viola has vastly superior tone although playability is the same. All Shar instruments are very well set up.


Blemished Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Viola - Instrument Only - 15 inch

REVIEWED ON: December 10, 2012

Excellent value

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reviewed by: SANDRA KEAR

I ordered the Blemished Franz Hoffmann Amadeus viola so that I could start learning the viola (have been playing violin for a few years). I was expecting it to be very bright, but it's not at all. It has a decent tone, which is well balanced across all the strings, which I didn't expect. It even has some resonance, - not much, but some, which was very surprising for such an inexpensive instrument. The tuning pegs are easy to turn, and they don't slip, either. The action is just right - not so high that the strings cut into your fingers, and not so low that they are almost hitting the fingerboard. This is a very good value, and I'm very pleased with my purchase. I would recommend this viola for a beginner or as a backup instrument.