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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.

National Rentals, SHAR Way

National Rentals, SHARWay

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

Trade Ins

Trade Ins

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

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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How Do You Improve a Classic?

Developed by Charles Avsharian, SHAR CEO, our original Carlo Lamberti violin is a popular choice among advancing players and their teachers. And for many good reasons: a warm, sweet tone, with a variety of tonal colors, quality Chinese craftsmanship, tasteful hand-varnish, striking wood flaming, premium fittings and strings all combine to make these exceptional violins. Our all-new Lamberti Classic starts with the same qualities, and takes them to the next level. You will notice this in balanced and seamless tone, the buttery varnish, and the exquisite attention to detail in the workmanship. In fact, we believe there is no better violin anywhere in this price range. The Lamberti Classic is Best In Class!

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: April 03, 2015

Moved to the Amadeus 1/10 from the Prelude 1/16

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reviewed by: Student, Aaron Royer

When my daughter was ready for the 1/10 size violin, we decided to save some money and just get the cheapest model. All of the experienced people we talked to said that all the small size violins have a tinny sound, so you don't gain much by buying the more expensive models. We got the Amadeus 1/10 with Shar Overture strings and it worked well. The sound quality isn't much different than the 1/16 Prelude with same strings. A little louder, maybe, but mostly the same. We recently moved up again to the 1/8 Carlo Lamberti with Thomastik Vision strings. The sound was SO different that I bought some 1/8 Visions to try on the 1/10 Amadeus. It made a bit of a difference. The tone was similar between the two brands, but the VISION HAD A SMOOTHER AND RICHER TONE on the 1/10 as well. If I had known that, I would definitely have bought the Vision strings for this violin from the start. My youngest will be using the 1/10 Amadeus when he moves up from the 1/16 Prelude. Franz Hoffman violins have stood up to a lot of abuse and worked well for the kids to learn on. Just like my review for the Prelude, I wish the cases were built to accommodate the wooden guides that our teacher glues onto the violins. They seem common enough that I shouldn't have to modify the case, but the violin itself is ok.

$209.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: April 03, 2015

Bought the 1/16 Prelude for kid's first violin

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reviewed by: Student, Aaron Royer

We started my daughter on a 1/16 violin, and chose the Prelude with Shar Overture strings. All of these small violins have a tinny sound because of their size, so no surprises there. This violin has held up well and played well for my daughter, and then for my son. I gave it 4 stars because I had to modify the case for the violin to fit, because our violin teacher glues wooden guides onto the violin to teach proper posture and it wouldn't fit with the wrist guide on it. It seems like these guides are common for young students, so the cases should accommodate these types of changes. Also wish they had a higher quality string for the 1/16 size. Bottom line: This violin has worked well and survived a lot of abuse. No reason to shy away from it.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

REVIEWED ON: February 25, 2015

Good for Beginners

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reviewed by: Teacher, SHAWN SMITH

I bought this outfit to start my eight year old niece on. I teach strings in a public school, so I see a lot of student violins. The Franz Hoffman Amadeus is the best violin in its price range. Every year kids come in with violins they bought off of eBay in this price range and they are total junk (They will not stay in tune, bridges are not fitted, fishing line for strings, etc.). The Amadeus will stay in tune and is professionally set up. I only give it four stars because no instrument in that price range is a five star instrument.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$209.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 05, 2014

Awesome instrument!!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

My daughter has been playing the Prelude for 7 years. We are on our 3rd one. It plays great and gives a wonderful sound. All of her teachers since she was 5 have loved her instrument and have been impressed with the sound!!! We will eventually increase to a "better" quality but for now we have no need to!

$1,100.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 04, 2014

Great Violin

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I really like this violin. I used to have an awful student instrument and stepped up to this instrument. What a difference it made! It has great projection, an even tone, and sings beautifully for me. It does have a slightly nasal quality to its sound, but other than that I have absolutely fallen in love with this instrument.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: April 03, 2014

Haffman Amadeus

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reviewed by: Anonymous

As a beginner I was not really sure to look for and after finding this website and looking at reviews for this company they seemed like a really good deal. I bought this with the notion that if I do continue I will be purchasing a much better beginner violin. What I say is that you get what you pay for. It is only 109 with just the violin and 159 for the outfit, but still cheap. The violin has little marks here and there, but managed what I need it to do until I save for a better one. If you can save or have the money I would suggest purchasing a more expensive one.

$1,500.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Stradivari Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: February 25, 2014

Great value; warm tone

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I upgraded to this violin from the $1000 Carlo Lamberti Classic after trying out a variety of Shar violins through my teacher. I wasn't intending to upgrade at the time, but I ended up doing so when I realized that one of my favorites out of the bunch was only $250 more than the instrument I was using at the time. (Hooray for Shar's trade in program!) In the blind test, this one was my favorite instrument in the <2K price range (I only liked the Ming-Jiang Zhu Artist and the John Cheng Guaneri more, but they were considerably more expensive). The tone is definitely warm, and the sound was smoother than the Classic. During the blind testing, I liked sound immediately, and didn't detect the nasal quality that I found when playing high on the Classic. This violin really takes well to Obligato strings, and I felt that the improvement of sound once I put the Obligatos (with a steel E) into this instrument was greater than when I put them on the Classic. I'm incredibly pleased with this violin and its warmth!