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

Ashot Vartanian

Ashot Vartanian

An introduction to our Master Luthier, Ashot Vartanian.

Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

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

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!

$199.00

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.

$199.00

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.

$249.00

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.

$249.00

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.

$199.00

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.

$509.00

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.

$329.00

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.

$249.00

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.

$199.00

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.

$249.00

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 -1/2 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.

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.

$249.00

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.

$399.00

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.

$199.00

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.

$329.00

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.

$509.00

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.

$199.00

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!

$249.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/10 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.

$249.00

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!

$1,500.00

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.

$329.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 18

Q. Hello - I see that this item is out of stock. When will it be back in stock? Thank you!

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ASKED BY: ALICIA LI

FROM: NEW YORK, NY

ASKED ON: September 19, 2016

A. Hi Alicia! For the most current stock information, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

21 people found this review helpful.

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$399.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WHD 44

Q. What kind of strings are used for this violin?

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ASKED BY: Jayanta Ganguly

FROM: Kendall Park, NJ

ASKED ON: September 18, 2016

A. Hi Jayanta! This violin comes with Overture Ultra strings. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$399.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WHD 44

Q. What kinds of woods is this violin made of?

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ASKED BY: Jayanta Ganguly

FROM: Kendall Park, NJ

ASKED ON: September 18, 2016

A. Thanks for your question Jayanta! This violin is made with maple and has solid carved spruce top. Hope this helps!

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$199.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV100T 14

Q. Do you know when you will have these violins back in stock?

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ASKED BY: Nina Liou

FROM: Philadelphia, PA

ASKED ON: September 16, 2016

A. Hi Nina! For the most current stock information, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to assist you. Thanks!

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Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11 12

Q. When is this item going to be available? How can we get the trade in credit if we trade in the old violin? Thanks!

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ASKED BY: BENSHENG JU

FROM: GERMANTOWN, TN

ASKED ON: September 15, 2016

A. Hi Bensheng! For the most current stock availability, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. We do offer trade-in credit for qualifying instruments. Please refer to our Trade-In Policy for more information. Thanks for your question!

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Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV100T 44

Q. When do you expect to have this instrument back in stock? I need to purchase ASAP. Thank you

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ASKED BY: ELIZABETH ROBERTSON

FROM: PINEHURST, NC

ASKED ON: September 15, 2016

A. Hi Elizabeth! For the most current stock information, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV20 G 12

Q. Hi, my question is if I buy this 3/4 violin, when my son needs to upsize, can I trade in my 3/4 violin to purchase the full size for my son? What is $89.99 shar way? How does this work! Thanks, Cindy

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ASKED BY: CINDY SHEN

FROM: SAN DIEGO, CA

ASKED ON: September 13, 2016

A. Hi Cindy! It's always a good idea to think ahead and prepare to upsize. If you purchased the 3/4 violin, you can trade that instrument towards a 4/4 when your son is ready to move up. For a full explaination of the trade-in process, please see our Trade-In Policy. This instrument is also available through our SHARWay program for $34.99 per month which includes instrument, case, bow, and rosin. SHARWay is designed to offer you flexibility. The program provides a low monthly payment, returns and exchanges at any time, buy-out option, and accumulating equity towards the purchase of another SHAR instrument. For more information please see our Terms And Conditions or feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks for your question!

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Ming-Jiang Zhu Workshop Conservatory Violin - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: MZ90

Q. Hi How does this differ from a standard Noble Heart Workshop 907 or 909? Thank you.

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ASKED BY: Eric Cortell

FROM: Boston, MA

ASKED ON: September 09, 2016

A. Thanks for your question Eric! The Ming-Jiang Conservatory violin is generally a 914 model or better. Plus, SHAR does our own setup which includes bridge, soundpost, pegs, etc. For more information, please contact the SHAR Violin Shop at 1-800-742-7270.

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Ming-Jiang Zhu Artist Violin - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: MZ100

Q. Hi What is the origin of the tone wood? How do these differ from the standard models 909 or 925?

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ASKED BY: Eric Cortell

FROM: Boston, MA

ASKED ON: September 09, 2016

A. Thanks for your questions Eric! The instrument's tone wood is selected by the shop and is most likely a Chinese tone wood. The Ming-Jiang Artist violin is generally a 918 model or better. Plus, SHAR does our own setup which includes bridge, soundpost, pegs, etc. For more information, please contact the SHAR Violin Shop at 1-800-742-7270.

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Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC100 Case - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WH44

Q. What kind of string is the best with Franz Hoffmann Maestro violin?

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ASKED BY: LEO YANG

FROM: WOOSTER, OH

ASKED ON: September 09, 2016

A. Hi Leo! Picking the strings for your instrument can depend on many factors including tone, playing style, and skill level. Since there are many string choices, we have created a String Sound Guide to help you determine what strings are best for you. Please take a look at the guide and feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional question. Thanks!

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