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Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

$189.00

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.

$189.00

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.

$229.00

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.

$229.00

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.

$189.00

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.

$499.00

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.

$229.00

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.

$189.00

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 -1/4 sizes.

$229.00

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

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 -1/4 sizes.

$419.00

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.

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.

$229.00

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.

$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 -1/4 sizes.

$379.00

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.

$499.00

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.

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

$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

$189.00

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!

$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin

REVIEWED ON: July 27, 2016

I love it!

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reviewed by: Student, KIRK HYNSON

I upgraded to this violin from the sonata. It was a huge improvement. This violin has big volume and produces tons of overtones! I have been playing this violin for a little over a month and I love it. I believe I have found my partner! ??

$1,000.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: June 29, 2016

Excellent Bright Sounding Violin

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reviewed by: Student, Kathryn Vazquez

Based on an assessment of this instrument's craftsmanship, playability, and tone, the Carlo Lamberti Classic Violin is absolutely optimal for use of the advancing musician. Contrary to SHAR's statement regarding this Lamberti's sweet tone, the Classic has a pronounced, bright voice. The clarity of this violin's tone allows baroque musicians to acheive the robust style baroque is known for, while classical musicians can benefit from the brightness of this violin (especially when playing Mozart). Throughout both the lower and upper registers, there is a firm balance in its tone, which is a characteristic that I find evident in many more costly violins. A common customer concern, especially with new Chinese instruments, is a nasal quality that thwarts the violin's maximum potential. This Lamberti initially has that attribute, but has a very quick break-in time of a mere 45 minutes. I would go on about this violin, but I made the choice of writing this review late at night. To cut to the chase, this violin has excellent playability, which is what I feel sets it apart from much of the competition in this price range. USEFUL INFORMATION: Heard of the luthier Scott Cao? This violin is almost exactly like his STV-850s! It really is best-in-class-

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: June 20, 2016

Full deep tonal quality

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reviewed by: Teacher, MATTHEW LOEW

highly recommend for advancing student. Thx Shar!

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: June 09, 2016

I love my new violin!

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reviewed by: Student, CATHERINE HARDER

I have been playing the violin for two years. My first year of violin I took with a man who knows the violin, but is not a teacher, and I would go for lessons once a week. My violin playing never got any better, and I hated playing it. My second year I took with a college professor, and my playing skyrocketed! By the end of that year, my old violin was not making the sound I wanted. I bought a used Lamberti Sonata, and noticed an immediate change in the tone. It is far easier to tune and tell whether I am on pitch or not. I am a high school student and paid for the violin myself and think it is well worth the money.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: May 31, 2016

Great violin for advancing student

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reviewed by: Teacher, MATTHEW LOEW

Very mature, full sound. Pleasure for teacher; and will give much pleasure to an advancing student after playing a "tight" cheap violin. Also very light-weight which really allows for great volume and tone Thank you Shar!

$2,500.00

John Cheng® Limited Series Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: May 31, 2016

GREAT Step-Up Instrument!

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reviewed by: Teacher, RYAN SILVESTRI

I have had three students in my program purchase this instrument and all three instruments sound fantastic! I would expect a violin of this quality and sound to sell for at least double of what Shar is asking. Anytime a students is looking for their first "nice" instrument, this is the instrument I recommend they try first!

$975.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: May 25, 2016

Perfect Fit

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reviewed by: Teacher, ANNA HUTCHERSON

As a cellist primarily I was looking for a good instrument to teach on without spending too much as I would have it around students and traveling form school to school.This instrument easily won over myself, my high school orchestra director, and my college professor (who are both violinists). If you are looking TRY THIS VIOLIN! You wont regret it!

$1,000.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: May 03, 2016

Excellent Instrument

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reviewed by: Justin Davison

Shar really provided a gem with this one. The tonal quality of the violin is superb, better than most that I have played. My original violin was a student model and was destroyed in a flood, but this one handily takes its place. I am falling in love all over again with playing. Rob in the Violin Shop was great to deal with, and the customer service has been nothing short of exceptional. I highly recommend this company and this instrument in particular. If my son decides to take up violin lessons, I will buy this again in a smaller size.

$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin

REVIEWED ON: April 13, 2016

This Violin is Wonderful!

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I have this particular violin. I am an adult student and I wanted a better quality violin so I decided on this one. I searched for several months and decided on this brand. I love the sound and quality, more bright than dark. I did upgrade the strings to Obligato and I think they sound really nice on this instrument. The strings are all right that come with the instrument. However, I decided to upgrade them when the strings needed changing. I called for advice and Shar recommended the obligato strings. I practice in a private studio and my teacher also enjoys the sound this violin produces. I think this is well worth the price esp. if you are renting to own. The bow and case that come with the package are nice as well. I always played with a carbon fiber bow so the upgraded bow was a nice change compared to a student bows.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: April 04, 2016

Fantasic violin!

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reviewed by: Student, KIRK HYNSON

I recently purchased this violin as an upgrade from a Mendini MV500. I was starting to notice things I did not like in the old one like weird buzzing or rattling depending on where I was playing especially when playing higher notes. This violin blows the MV500 out of the water! I got lucky and received one with a 1pc back and it is extremely beautiful. The varnish makes the flaming look like a cool holographic! My tuning pegs did not have the pearl inlays but it has the pegs pictured on the symphony violin that look like spades. Also the tail piece is either plastic or composite. I'm leaning towards plastic. I have only played it for about 4hrs so far but it is getting better by the minute. It is about 1.5 lbs lighter than my previous violin and it is much much louder. The bow it comes with the outfit is amazing. I am very happy with this violin!

$1,200.00

French Workshop The Maidstone Violin, ca. 1900, Mirecourt

ITEM NUMBER: F1 S2208B

Q. What size is this violin?

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ASKED BY: Yan Su

FROM: San Jose, CA

ASKED ON: July 26, 2016

A. Hello Yan, this is a full sized violin. Thank you for your question!

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$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11 12

Q. Hello, I want to purchase a violin for my grandson to have at school for rehearsals. He will be using his grandfather's violin for performance, lessons, practice at home, and so on, but it is very valuable and we don't want to risk it in the school lockers. On the other hand, now that he has progressed, we don't want a terrible sounding instrument for day to day rehearsal. The Carlo Lamberti Sonata seems fine for the purpose, if the reviews are to be believed, and within reasonable cost. I can't seem to discover on your pages exactly WHAT comes with the violin. A basic case? Strings? Bow? Rosin? He has a good bow, but it would be nice if it comes with a decent bow. If all of these things are only optional, then a $500 investment quickly becomes much more. And, more shopping is in order. I look forward to your reply. K Black

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ASKED BY: KATHRYN BLACK

FROM: SPRINGVILLE, CA

ASKED ON: July 25, 2016

A. Hi Kathryn, Thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like a great idea to purchase another violin for use at school to protect his grandfather's violin. The Carlo Lamberti Sonata violin should serve your needs quite nicely. It is available as instrument only; it does not come with a case or bow or any other accessories. We do have many case and bow options available; if you're looking to purchase a less expensive bow and case because this is a secondary instrument, we might recommend one of the violin cases from the Toshira line of cases (which vary in price but all of which are currently priced under $65) and one of the Presto carbon fiber bows, such as the Presto Carbon Fiber or Presto Spark or Presto Audition bows. The advantage of using a carbon fiber bow at school is that it is much less likely to break because the material is extremely durable. We do have a wide variety of options, though, and we would be happy to chat over the phone to help you make a decision if you'd like. Please feel free to contact us at 800-248-7427 between the hours of 10 am-6 pm EST and we'd be happy to help. Thanks!

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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 44

Q. How long does it take for instruments to typically ship?

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ASKED BY: Melissa Foote

FROM: Loris, SC

ASKED ON: July 22, 2016

A. Hi Melissa! Shipping times can vary based on stock availability and location. For the most accurate shipping estimate, please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to assist you. Thanks!

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Karl Joseph Schneider® Master Art Violin - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: KJS3044

Q. What bow would you suggest for this violin. Intermediate non-performing adult.

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ASKED BY: Larry Dodd

FROM: Jasper, GA

ASKED ON: July 19, 2016

A. Hi Larry! Choosing the right bow for your instrument is a very personal decision; a bow that works well for some players may feel different for others. It's also important to note that every violin is different (even those from the same maker or same workshop) and has the potential to behave/sound differently when played with different bows. For these reasons, we highly recommend that you try a variety of bows through our in-home trial program so that you can spend some time with the sound and feel of each one to help you make a thoughtful decision.

With that said, a lot of folks generally take a look at bows that fall around 25% of the price of their violin; however, it can be beneficial to shop for bows that cost upwards of that general guideline, if your budget allows, because you'll have a more diverse selection. Choosing a bow also depends on what you'll be using it for; its intended purpose can guide which bow you might choose. For example, if you play a lot of gigs outdoors or if you play in a band that does shows, you might prefer a carbon-fiber bow for the durability and weather flexibility (carbon-fiber holds up better outside than wood bows). If you play mostly classical repertoire that requires a bow with agility and good balance, then you might prefer a bow made from pernambuco wood. If you're shopping for a carbon fiber bow, we would recommend that you check out our PRESTO line of bows. If you're thinking that you would like a wood bow, we would recommend that you take a look at one of the Klaus Becker pernambuco bows or one of the Guy Laurent pernambuco bows. Any of these bows would likely make a good match for your violin, but we think you should give them a try on your own so that you can be sure. Please give us a call at 866-742-7270 between Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm EST in order to set up an in-home trial. Thanks for your great question!

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$2,500.00

John Cheng® Limited Series Violin - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: JCG9544

Q. Hello, I have been looking at a John Cheng violin #JCG9544, and am very interested. Although, I am curious that if I were to order a violin for a trial period, is there a possibility that a couple bows could be matched and sent with it?

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ASKED BY: Bethany Carr

FROM: Clark Fork, ID

ASKED ON: July 19, 2016

A. Hi Bethany! We're glad to hear about your interest in the John Cheng violin. Because we want to help you find the best violin and bows for you, we do offer in-home trials for instruments and bows. For more specific information and to set up an in-home trial of an instrument or bow, please contact 800-248-7427 between 10am - 6pm EST and we would be happy to assist you. Thank you for your question!

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Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T14

Q. Is this still available and can be returned if it doesn't work for my child?

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ASKED BY: MARITESS MALONES

FROM: LADERA RANCH, CA

ASKED ON: July 18, 2016

A. Hi Maritess! Thanks for your question. Currently, we do not have the 1/4 size of the Hoffmann Prelude Violin outfit in stock, but I would recommend that you contact 800-248-7427 for further details on exactly when it will be back in stock. We want all of our customers to be highly satisfied, so yes--if for some reason it didn't work for your child, this violin outfit is backed by our 30-day money back guarantee. All non-defective instruments or bows are must be returned in "as new" condition and you would receive a refund. Otherwise, repair costs or depreciation due to damage may be charged. If you were to receive a defective instrument for some reason (accidental damage through the shipping process, for example), we will exchange or return a damaged or defective product to ensure your complete satisfaction. Thanks!

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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 44

Q. I would like to order a violin mute for my Franz Hoffman Concert Violin 4/4. I am unfamiliar with the kind of bridge which is a part of this violin. Is the bridge on the violin considered a high bridge. Is it considered a "U" shaped bridge, or a "v" shaped bridge. I am interested in a metal or a rubber violin mute that will fit the bridge of my violin, and I do not want to buy a mute and have to send it back.

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ASKED BY: BERNADETTE MARQUEZ

FROM: CENTENNIAL, CO

ASKED ON: July 06, 2016

A. Hi Bernadette! The violin bridge on this Franz Hoffmann Concert Violin is considered to be typical; it is not considered to be a high bridge. Any violin mute that we carry at Shar will fit your instrument. Hope you find the mute that works best for you!

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Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11 12

Q. My son is a student of teacher Carolyn Sandquist. She recommends we buy the 3/4 size violin Carlos Lamberti Sonata (with case and bow) also looking for a shoulder rest with this do you have any that are used? thank you

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ASKED BY: SUSAN BRIAN

FROM: TOPEKA, KS

ASKED ON: July 02, 2016

A. Hi Susan! The Carlo Lamberti Sonata is a great violin and we hope your son will really enjoy playing it. From time to time, we do carry used or blemished instruments, but the current stock of those is always changing and it's possible that there are available used/blemished instruments that haven't made it to the website yet. For a more accurate current picture of whether or not we currently carry this violin used or blemished, please give us a call at (800) 248-7427 and we should be able to point you in the right direction. Thanks for your question!

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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 44

Q. Hi, What is the procedure to exchange my current violin that I got from you for a new bigger size one? Thanks, Kohila

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ASKED BY: KOHILADEVI RAMESH

FROM: CHARLOTTE, NC

ASKED ON: June 29, 2016

A. Hi Kohiladeva! Please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help you with the exchange. Thanks!

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

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WHZ44

Q. I am interested in ordering SVB2WHZ44 on trial ... do I need to do anything special when ordering? Thanks.

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ASKED BY: CHRIS MCEWEN

FROM: SEATTLE, WA

ASKED ON: June 28, 2016

A. Hi Chris! Unfortunately, we do not offer this particular instrument for trial at this time. However, all instrument purchases are backed by our 30-day money back guarantee. For more information, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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