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

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 violins for a 7 day trial period.

Ashot Vartanian

Ashot Vartanian

An introduction to our Master Luthier, Ashot Vartanian.

$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.

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are they 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.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.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

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.

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

$1,000.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are they 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.

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!

$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. 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.

$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. 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.

$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 KVB Brazilwood bow, rosin and TC66 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 KVB Brazilwood bow, rosin and TC66 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. 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.

$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.

$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 KVB Brazilwood bow, rosin and TC66 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. 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.

$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 KVB Brazilwood bow, rosin and TC66 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 KVB Brazilwood bow, rosin and TC66 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.

$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. 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.

$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.

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 3/4 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.

$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.

$4,500.00

John Cheng Reserve Solo Artist Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

Possesses a brilliant, assertive, soaring tone, allowing the artist to fill the hall all the way to the back row. With exuberant layers of tonal complexity, echoing the traditions of Stradivari violins.

Every serious violinist reaches a point where they are driven to discover and hone their unique voice. It could be a voice that is suited to the solo repertoire, requiring a violin that is capable of expressing that voice boldly. Or, that voice may gain its best expression in making music with other artists, where a violin must be capable of both great expressiveness as well as blending.

Our John Cheng Reserve Collection violins are the finest in the John Cheng family, gracefully hand crafted and finished with care. Fine spirit varnish, applied by hand, is delicately shaded, with subtle antiquing. SHAR's best luthiers perform the setup, so critical to performance, taking the time and care required to bring out their best qualities. Fitted with premium strings, each John Chang Reserve Collection violin is play tested and optimally adjusted by a professional violinist, assuring the best possible tone and playability.

$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. 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.

$1,000.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are they 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.

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!

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin - Instrument Only

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.


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.

$199.00

Franz Hoffmann® Danube Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: January 22, 2017

Good price for a real instrument

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reviewed by: Parent, MARCO ALVARADO

My daughter was playing for one year with a Chinese "low budget" 1/4 "adjusted" violin ... a little more than a VSO, but as she is a very good student and she was advancing very well, I decided to reward her with a better 1/2 instrument. After checking many options, I finished with the Danube Violin, so I asked for one ... oh, what a difference. I am not just an interested father; although I make my life with computers, I have format studies on String Bass and I was a player in the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica many years ago. Then, I know when there is a good instrument in my hands, and for the price I consider this a very good option. This is a very good price for a "real" small instrument.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: January 03, 2017

Sounds Great

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I am an adult begginer and cannot be happier with this violin. I,m upgrading after 4 months from my $130 violin. The Lamberti sounds beautiful and everybody in my family noticed immediately. My cheap violin sounded OK but too much scratch sounds and was starting to annoy me. Will recommend to anybody that wants to upgrade from a low cost violin. This will last a long time before I am proficient enough to think in upgrading. Ordered on Dec 27 at 8PM and I already have the violin on the 30th by mid day. Extremely satisfied w the violin and service.

$4,500.00

John Cheng Reserve Solo Artist Violin

REVIEWED ON: December 30, 2016

Should have done this year's ago!!

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reviewed by: Teacher, ASHLEY MOORE

Received this violin about 3 weeks ago. So far, I love it! The violin is beautiful. It feels nice. The set up was great. I am not a big fan of the Evah golds so i changed my strings to obligato until the violin has time to open up from my playing. It is very sweet, clear, settled in after a week's worth of playing. After two weeks it is just singing all the way up the finger board! I get up every morning wondering what its voice will sound like! I like the fact shar has the trade in policy. My last 2k dollar violin was with a local music store so I have no options with them, so this time I decided on Shar. Should have done this year's ago, so if you need a new violin or step up, you won't be disappointed with this violin or Shar! Gotta go practice! P.S. The gl case is Shar too.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: November 29, 2016

excellent purchase

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reviewed by: Parent, MATTHEW PEARCE

We bought this violin for our daughter in 2012 and it is still going strong in 2016. I think it's a great beginner violin.

$329.00

Franz Hoffmann Vienna Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: November 05, 2016

a violin that I was supposed to live with for life

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reviewed by: Sid Stephens

On The violion you can see where someone made one for a stroke with the wrong color of varnish on this side you can see the whole side has been rubbing on something and is missing all of the Varney the chin rest is the worst of the worst it is so hard and uncomfortable to use my girlfriend was unable to return it do too she needed a violin right now and could not. Want for another. Now we have to live with all of these defects.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

REVIEWED ON: October 22, 2016

Good, affordable student instrument

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reviewed by: YVONNE WILDER

My daughter played with this Prelude 3/4 outfit for about 18 months before moving on to a full-sized violin. It was perfect for this transition period because it was affordable and had good tone. She took classical violin and fiddle lessons and played in youth orchestra with this instrument and sounded great. The only hiccup was that it arrived with a warped bow but Shar sent us a free replacement in a flash. Nice outfit.

$449.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC100 Case - 1/2 size

REVIEWED ON: October 17, 2016

1/4 size - small violin, big sound

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reviewed by: Teacher, JOANNA KOO

My daughter loves to play her violin. She is almost ready to upgrade to the 1/2 size! According to her, the Hoffman Maestro has a great sound and she loves the sweetness that comes out of it when she plays. She wanted to give it more stars. As a teacher, I recommend this violin to students who want to get a bold sound and are serious about investing practice time into this instrument.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/10 size

REVIEWED ON: October 15, 2016

great starter

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

We have only had this violin about a month, but so far we have been pleased. This is the second violin we have purchased. The first violin we purchased was used approximately 6 months and due to the size (1/16) and quality we had a lot of issues with it not staying in tune, etc. So far this violin (1/10) has stayed in tune and has such a better sound. It's encouraging for a young student to practice with. Our 2.5 year old practices with it almost daily and I wish it came with an additional bow, but overall we are pleased with the purchase.

$329.00

Franz Hoffmann Vienna Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: October 11, 2016

nice

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reviewed by: maria saylor

Violin has no shine to it it is very Daul. One spot on the corner where the wood would not hold the varnish and in one spot you can actually see a white spot where the it was glued and the glue is a different color than the varnish so that shows up I did keep the violin I am just calling those spots character spots Other than that I love the sound of the violin

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/10 size

REVIEWED ON: August 11, 2016

Great 1st instrument

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reviewed by: Parent, KATELYN BRAIS

We are very pleased with our first instrument for our 4 year old daughter. We did order a shoulder rest as well as a chin rest different from the chin rest that is included in this item (per our instructor's recommendation). The quality of the instrument is excellent. Highly recommend!

$1,679.00

Lamberti Master Series Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size - Blue Case

ITEM NUMBER: LV20T 44

Q. Is this a horse-hair bow?

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ASKED BY: Jessica Hilderbrand

FROM: Central City, NE

ASKED ON: January 10, 2017

A. Hi Jessica! Yes, the Meinel One Star Pernambuco Bow included with this outfit is made with horse hair. Thanks for your question!

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$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. Hello, I've purchased from my daughter's violins from Shar previously. Two questions regarding the above violin: 1. Does it come with bow and case for the 1/2 size? 2. Will Shar be having an instrument sale on this particular violin in the near future? Thank you for your time and courtesy of a response.

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ASKED BY: KIM HSUEH

FROM: LONG ISLAND CITY, NY

ASKED ON: January 09, 2017

A. Hello Kim! This particular item (LV11) does not come with a case or bow, but the 1/2 Size Lamberti Sonata Violin Outfit (LV11T12) does! These instruments are always excluded from promotional sales and they are not available elsewhere, so this will be the best price. However, you did mention that you bought a previous violin from SHAR, which means you may be eligible to trade it in toward this one for a credit. If you would like to know more about that, or if you would like to set up a customized outfit with the bow and case of your choosing, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-248-7247. Thank you for your question!

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Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HV120

Q. How long is the wood dried?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Panorama City, CA

ASKED ON: January 05, 2017

A. This instruments's drying time is within the range of 3-5 years and can vary depending on the wood. Thanks for your question!

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Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. How long has the wood been dried, and where is this violin made?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Panorama City, CA

ASKED ON: January 03, 2017

A. Typically, this instruments's drying time is within the range of 3-5 years and can vary depending on the wood. We closely monitor our instrument's performance in the field and have found the Sonata violin's construction and tone woods to be extremely stable. This violin is manufactured in China and setup by our trained instrument technicians in Ann Arbor, MI. Thanks for your questions!

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Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. What kind of wood is used for this violin? What is the fingerboard made from? Thanks.

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ASKED BY: Kimberley Simmons

FROM: Birmingham, AL

ASKED ON: January 03, 2017

A. The Sonata Violin is constructed of Maple (back and sides) and Spruce (top). The fingerboard is made of ebony. Thanks for your questions!

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Carlo Lamberti Model LV11 Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: LV11T 44

Q. Just for clarification, is this the same model as the Carlo Lamberti Sonata violin?

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ASKED BY: Jwoyal Ranjit

FROM: Gaithersburg, MD

ASKED ON: January 01, 2017

A. Hi Jwoyal! Yes, this outfit includes the Carlo Lamberti Sonata violin.

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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 44

Q. Could I rent this violin in a Sharway plan or do I have to rent a certain one to build up equity to get this one?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Stratford, WI

ASKED ON: December 21, 2016

A. Hi Kara! There's a lot of options and flexibility within our SHARway program. In order to give you all the available opinions, we suggest contacting us at 1-800-248-7427 and speaking with one of our trained representatives. We look forward finding the best instrument for you!

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Karl Joseph Schneider® Premier Violin - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: KJS7044

Q. It would be great if Shar added more specs about each beautiful instrument. Is the fingerboard real ebony? And what is the rosewood type material used for the fittings?

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ASKED BY: Lakyla Murphy

FROM: Renton, WA

ASKED ON: December 20, 2016

A. Hi Lakyla! All SHAR instruments including the Karl Joseph Schneider Premier Violin feature real ebony fingerboards. The tailpiece, chinrest and pegs on this instrument are made of authentic rosewood. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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Carlo Lamberti Model LV11 Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: LV11T 44

Q. Does this violin include the bow as part of the outfit which includes the case. Also, does this violin have inlaid purfling. I am looking for an outfit with possibly a bow for an immediate player. What would you recommend? Thanks, Elizabeth

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ASKED BY: Elizabeth Hepburn

FROM: Brooklyn, NY

ASKED ON: December 18, 2016

A. Hi Elizabeth! This outfit includes a Meinel pernambuco bow and Toshira deluxe case. The Carlo Lamberti Sonata violin is crafted with inlaid purfling. For an intermediate bow recommendation, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help find the right bow for you!

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Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. Is this a violin packages with bow and case? Thank you.

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ASKED BY: Holly Compton

FROM: Mobile, AL

ASKED ON: December 15, 2016

A. Hi Holly! This product listing is for the instrument only but we also offer this violin with an outfit (case and bow). Follow the link to view. Hope this helps!

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