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Instrument Financing

Instrument Financing

Offering 3, 6, or 12 month extended payment plans with no interest on most SHAR Violin Shop instruments.

Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

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

Ashot Vartanian

Ashot Vartanian

An introduction to our Master Luthier, Ashot Vartanian.

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.

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

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The BEST $500 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $500 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.


Hand-crafted by our SHAR Beijing Workshop then set-up our SHAR Ann Arbor Workshop, the Lamberti® Sonata has raised the bar for intermediate level violins. Our Carlo Lamberti® model LV11 provides exactly what a player expects from a high quality Chinese violin from SHAR: impressive performance, a beautiful finish, and an outstanding value. Set-up in the SHAR workshop with premium fittings and strings. 4/4 to 1/8 sizes.

"This violin will allow advancing small students to make rapid progress with tone development and fast passage. Its powerful and rich tone will delight and surprise a deserving student, especially one who has grown used to the limitations of their present violin."
- Charles Avsharian, Shar CEO

"Why do I love the Lamberti violins? Because they allow my students to have a bright, clear-sounding instrument that both projects and is very sweet to the ear. Parents will enjoy hearing their child practice all afternoon on this violin and so will the student."
- Rebecca Appert, Violinist, Teacher and Shar Violin Shop Specialist

$489.00

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.

$2,500.00

John Cheng® Guarneri Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

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Inspired by one of the most beautiful violins ever made, the 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri. This John Cheng model has the unmistakable Guarneri sound - dark, complex and voluptuous, with great projection. The beautiful reddish-brown antique varnish is decidedly dramatic and inspiring. Setup in Ann Arbor by our professional staff, fitted with top-level strings and tested and adjusted by a skilled player to achieve optimal performance.

$975.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Experience what hundreds of players have discovered about the Bianca, our most popular European instrument. The Bianca is especially in its element performing chamber music, where it blends easily with the other players.

This new addition to the Fischer line offers violinists a warm, round sound that is pleasant for both player and audience. The only Fischer made in Romania, the attention to detail by our partner workshop follows the German tradition of meticulous handcraftsmanship. The result is a fantastic sounding European violin under $1000.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

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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.

$1,100.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

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Our original Carlo Lamberti violin, developed by Charles Avsharian, Shar CEO, continues to be very popular among advancing players and their teachers. The reason is that it offers a warm, sweet tone with a variety of tonal colors at a price that is hundreds less than violins of equal capabilities. This vioiln is made entirely by hand in China to our exacting specifications. Quality craftsmanship, tasteful hand-varnish, striking wood flaming, premium fittings and strings all combine to make these exceptional violins... yet each has itsown unique voice and look.

There is an amazing variety of violins being made in China today, at every playing level and at every possible level of quality. Frankly, there are so many that locating a violin of high quality is a real art. Our Carlo Lamberti violins are made by hand in just four workshops, among the very finest in all of China. These are the workshops of dedicated masters who understand and apply the traditional European techniques of violin making. Our full, professional setup in our Ann Arbor shop optimizes what each violin has to offer. That why the Carlo Lamberti name is your assurance of high quality and the best value in today's violin market.

"I love the AV1000 violin because of its beautiful clear, soprano-like sound."
- Paul Cheng, Violinist, Teacher & Shar Violin Shop Specialist

$2,500.00

John Cheng® Guarneri Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: December 28, 2014

A very good student violin for the right price.

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reviewed by: Student, ANDRE WEHE

I bought this violin 2 years ago (see my review below). Overall it has been a very solid buy. I would recommend it to any advancing student. The violin plays very clear pitches, which helped me tremendously on ear development, single notes, double stops, etc. It is easy to play. It does punish you for sloppy bowing techniques. It is very responsive all the way down to the G string. It is easy to play very responsive and even across the strings. It provides very good range and projection. All these qualities are critical for students, so you cannot go wrong with this violin. Do not expect it to be a 10k dollar violin. Whereas it is a great violin, it falls short on tone. Like most new violins this one also mellowed significantly in its first years. This violin is on the darker side. It exceeds at lower pitches, but falls short on the higher pitches. The A string is somewhat harsh and non-exciting. The G and D are superb, the E is very plain. I had it checked out by a luthier; adjusted, moved sound-post, etc. The quality is good. It came with a quality strings (evah pirazzi) and a high quality bridge. The varnish is made antiqued, not my personal favorite. I had the backplate come loose and re-glued - it can happen. The setup could have done much better; something I expected from a name like Shar. The bridge was way too high, making it unnecessary difficult to play. I am sure Shar would have corrected this for free, but if you are an internet customer you probably need to take this into consideration. This violin works well with modern high tension strings. The vision titanium solo strings work very well, but are pricy and not necessarily meant for student budgets/violins. Dominat or many other medium or lower tension strings do not seem to work all that great.

$259.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

REVIEWED ON: December 28, 2014

good beginning instrument

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reviewed by: Liesl Gibson

I've been reasonably happy with this violin. The bow warped after just a couple of months, so I'm purchased a higher-quality bow. But the instrument seems to be holding up well and has been great for learning to play.

$209.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

REVIEWED ON: December 28, 2014

pretty good for the price

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reviewed by: Student, Liesl Gibson

As a beginning student, we didn't want to spend a lot on my daughter's first violin. This is a very good price and a reasonable quality. The cable holding the tailpiece broke almost immediately, which required quite a bit of my time to determine what had happened and to have the violin repaired and re-strung. And the bow warped after just a couple of months (maybe sooner but we didn't notice until it was about three months old). So it hasn't been hassle-free, but I suppose you get what you pay for.

$289.00

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

REVIEWED ON: December 27, 2014

Great Violin

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reviewed by: KENNETH SIMMONS

My daughters music teacher said this was a good violin.It is better than what he is used to.

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 30, 2014

Excellent violin for the money!!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

Fast shipping! Great sounding violin!! Recommended by my daughter's violin teacher. Very nice.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

REVIEWED ON: November 28, 2014

Very good

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

My student had a 1/4 size of this model, and was very happy with it. She has recently upgraded to the 1/2 size, and is sounding very good.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin - Instrument Only - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 28, 2014

Excellent

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

I've purchased this myself for teaching use. Very good quality. Introduced my students to it, and they love it.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: November 28, 2014

Great beginner instrument

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

Got this for a beginning teenager, and it was great.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: November 01, 2014

Oops!

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I wrote the review directly below this one. I know it reads 1 star but that was a complete mistake. I was in a hurry and accidentally pressed the wrong number of stars. This violin deserves 5 stars. Not one. Sorry about the mistake in the previous review.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: October 15, 2014

AWESOME SOUND. SO RICH

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I ordered violin because my old one (made by Suzuki and sounding like a tin can) was much to small. I also needed a better instrument with a pleasing tone. The varnish had lots of small blemishes on the top, but are only noticeable under close inspection. The sound is wonderful!!!!!!!!! So rich and amazing. words just don't do justice. I recommend this violin to any student. It came over the weekend in a case that we didn't order. We called shar, and they gave the case to us for FREE.