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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.

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.

$250.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin - Instrument Only

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

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.

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.

This Franz Hoffmann violin does not come with any accessories, it is the violin only. Most players purchase an outfit to start which includes a case, bow, and rosin, all of which are needed to begin playing. You can find an outfit here.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

The BEST $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

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.

$1,000.00

Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

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!

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.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners trying violin to see if they like it. An affordable alternative to a V.S.O. "Violin Shaped Object" that hinders new players success and discourages them from continuing.


As any teacher will tell you, a violin for a beginning student must function flawlessly and play with ease, producing a pleasant sound. The Amadeus does just that and has gone through a three step quality inspection process before you receive it.

Visually appealing, the Amadeus is made of quality maple, spruce and ebony. The hand feel is very smooth, and the sound is enhanced by Overture Premium strings and a carbon fiber tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners. The bridge is accurately carved, and the pegs turn smoothly. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners trying violin to see if they like it. An affordable alternative to a V.S.O. "Violin Shaped Object" that hinders new players success and discourages them from continuing.


As any teacher will tell you, a violin for a beginning student must function flawlessly and play with ease, producing a pleasant sound. The Amadeus does just that and has gone through a three step quality inspection process before you receive it.

Visually appealing, the Amadeus is made of quality maple, spruce and ebony. The hand feel is very smooth, and the sound is enhanced by Overture Premium strings and a carbon fiber tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners. The bridge is accurately carved, and the pegs turn smoothly. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners trying violin to see if they like it. An affordable alternative to a V.S.O. "Violin Shaped Object" that hinders new players success and discourages them from continuing.


As any teacher will tell you, a violin for a beginning student must function flawlessly and play with ease, producing a pleasant sound. The Amadeus does just that and has gone through a three step quality inspection process before you receive it.

Visually appealing, the Amadeus is made of quality maple, spruce and ebony. The hand feel is very smooth, and the sound is enhanced by Overture Premium strings and a carbon fiber tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners. The bridge is accurately carved, and the pegs turn smoothly. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$449.00

A favorite among Suzuki and other Private teachers who prefer a warm tone with strong projection.

The Maestro is a beautifully-performing and dependable violin that possesses all the hallmarks of time-tested craftsmanship. The tone, playability, hand-feel and consistency will keep students motivated, teachers impressed and parents delighted. With an unusually warm, round tone, yet outstanding projection, the Franz Hoffmann Maestro stands a head taller than other student violins at this price. Carefully adjusted and test played in our Ann Arbor workshop, your Maestro is ready to play and sure to delight for years to come. 4/4 - 1/4 sizes.

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Our most popular Franz Hoffmann violin, the Concert is designed to bring out the best performance in students, and is an instrument they can stay with for years.

This beautifully hand carved violin is finished with a quality spirit varnish to bring out the best sound from the aged tonewoods. Consistent quality, playability and visual appeal, combined with its value, make the Concert a violin that stands out. Made by our partner workshop in China, each Concert is inspected and adjusted in Ann Arbor. In 4/4 - 1/8 sizes.

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 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.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners trying violin to see if they like it. An affordable alternative to a V.S.O. "Violin Shaped Object" that hinders new players success and discourages them from continuing.


As any teacher will tell you, a violin for a beginning student must function flawlessly and play with ease, producing a pleasant sound. The Amadeus does just that and has gone through a three step quality inspection process before you receive it.

Visually appealing, the Amadeus is made of quality maple, spruce and ebony. The hand feel is very smooth, and the sound is enhanced by Overture Premium strings and a carbon fiber tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners. The bridge is accurately carved, and the pegs turn smoothly. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$279.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Our recommended "Step-Up" instrument for Beginners and Intermediate players who either have some playing experience or wish to start with an instrument that will allow for more rapid development of their skills.


A popular choice with parents and teachers willing to spend a bit more for a warmer sound. Made by hand in our Chinese partner workshop, finished with a spirit varnish to bring out even more of the sound, and set-up with Overture Ultra strings. This level of craftsmanship is not found on any other student violin in this price range. A solid spruce top, inlaid purfling, solid maple sides and neck, and ebony fittings all combine to make this an excellent student instrument. Available in 4/4 -1/2 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and 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.

$389.00

A favorite among Suzuki and other Private teachers who prefer a warm tone with strong projection.

The Maestro is a beautifully-performing and dependable violin that possesses all the hallmarks of time-tested craftsmanship. The tone, playability, hand-feel and consistency will keep students motivated, teachers impressed and parents delighted. With an unusually warm, round tone, yet outstanding projection, the Franz Hoffmann Maestro stands a head taller than other student violins at this price. Carefully adjusted and test played in our Ann Arbor workshop, your Maestro is ready to play and sure to delight for years to come. 4/4 - 1/4 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$369.00

Our most popular Franz Hoffmann violin, the Concert is designed to bring out the best performance in students, and is an instrument they can stay with for years.

This beautifully hand carved violin is finished with a quality spirit varnish to bring out the best sound from the aged tonewoods. Consistent quality, playability and visual appeal, combined with its value, make the Concert a violin that stands out. Made by our partner workshop in China, each Concert is inspected and adjusted in Ann Arbor. In 4/4 - 1/8 sizes.

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 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.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners trying violin to see if they like it. An affordable alternative to a V.S.O. "Violin Shaped Object" that hinders new players success and discourages them from continuing.


As any teacher will tell you, a violin for a beginning student must function flawlessly and play with ease, producing a pleasant sound. The Amadeus does just that and has gone through a three step quality inspection process before you receive it.

Visually appealing, the Amadeus is made of quality maple, spruce and ebony. The hand feel is very smooth, and the sound is enhanced by Overture Premium strings and a carbon fiber tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners. The bridge is accurately carved, and the pegs turn smoothly. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$279.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Our recommended "Step-Up" instrument for Beginners and Intermediate players who either have some playing experience or wish to start with an instrument that will allow for more rapid development of their skills.


A popular choice with parents and teachers willing to spend a bit more for a warmer sound. Made by hand in our Chinese partner workshop, finished with a spirit varnish to bring out even more of the sound, and set-up with Overture Ultra strings. This level of craftsmanship is not found on any other student violin in this price range. A solid spruce top, inlaid purfling, solid maple sides and neck, and ebony fittings all combine to make this an excellent student instrument. Available in 4/4 -1/2 sizes.

$975.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

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

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

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Our most popular Franz Hoffmann violin, the Concert is designed to bring out the best performance in students, and is an instrument they can stay with for years.

This beautifully hand carved violin is finished with a quality spirit varnish to bring out the best sound from the aged tonewoods. Consistent quality, playability and visual appeal, combined with its value, make the Concert a violin that stands out. Made by our partner workshop in China, each Concert is inspected and adjusted in Ann Arbor. In 4/4 - 1/8 sizes.

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 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.

$449.00

A favorite among Suzuki and other Private teachers who prefer a warm tone with strong projection.

The Maestro is a beautifully-performing and dependable violin that possesses all the hallmarks of time-tested craftsmanship. The tone, playability, hand-feel and consistency will keep students motivated, teachers impressed and parents delighted. With an unusually warm, round tone, yet outstanding projection, the Franz Hoffmann Maestro stands a head taller than other student violins at this price. Carefully adjusted and test played in our Ann Arbor workshop, your Maestro is ready to play and sure to delight for years to come. 4/4 - 1/4 sizes.

$975.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

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

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

$4,500.00

John Cheng Reserve Solo Artist Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

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

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

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

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

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

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.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners trying violin to see if they like it. An affordable alternative to a V.S.O. "Violin Shaped Object" that hinders new players success and discourages them from continuing.


As any teacher will tell you, a violin for a beginning student must function flawlessly and play with ease, producing a pleasant sound. The Amadeus does just that and has gone through a three step quality inspection process before you receive it.

Visually appealing, the Amadeus is made of quality maple, spruce and ebony. The hand feel is very smooth, and the sound is enhanced by Overture Premium strings and a carbon fiber tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners. The bridge is accurately carved, and the pegs turn smoothly. 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

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!

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.

$199.00

Franz Hoffmann® Danube Violin - Instrument Only

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Our European-Made "Step-up" Hoffmann, for Beginning and Intermediate Players


The Hoffmann Danube violin comes from Romania in the heart of Europe, exemplifying the well-earned reputation of European workmanship. Carefully aged wood from the Carpathian forest is hand crafted, hand finished and expertly set up. The oil varnish allows the tone to blossom, yet is durable for years of service. Fitted with a Wittner tailpiece and Overture Premium strings, each Hoffmann Danube in inspected and shop adjusted in SHAR's Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/4 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.

$219.00

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 Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/10 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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/16 sizes.

$389.00

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

REVIEWED ON: March 11, 2017

Great-5 Star

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

This violin is just great. No problems!

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/10 size

REVIEWED ON: March 07, 2017

Nice beginner instrument

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

This 1/10 Hoffman Amadeus outfit is fine for our 4 year old who practices 10 minutes daily. It is decent quality, fits in the case. The bow broke but was promptly replaced after a call to customer service. I'm satisfied with the instrument for that price.

$4,500.00

John Cheng Reserve Solo Artist Violin

REVIEWED ON: February 19, 2017

Amazing sound!!

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reviewed by: JOEL GARCIA

Am very happy with my Cheng Solo Artist! This violin sings sweet melodies like never before. This is truly a fine sounding instrument as it is aesthetically pleasing. Warm and focused tone across all registers. Projection is phenomenal. I tried out several violins in similar price range and this one beat them hands down. Thank you Mr Mike Overdier for your help and expertise. Overall a very fine sounding instrument. You truly get what you pay for.

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: February 12, 2017

Love this violin

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reviewed by: Teacher, Erin Davis-Guiles

I am an adult beginner and I upgraded to the sonata violin and I absolutely love it. It has a really nice sound. I'm mainly a clarinet player/band teacher but recently began teaching orchestra and I have fallen in love with strings. My private lessons teacher ( a MS string teacher) also really liked the instrument when I showed it to her. It's a great instrument for a great price!

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/10 size

REVIEWED ON: February 09, 2017

Nice sound

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reviewed by: Parent, LEAH BEAUCHAINE-TRIST

Our 6 yr old upgraded from a 1/16 size of lesser quality, so the sound of this Hoffman is a vast improvement! Beautiful color and craftsmanship. Would definitely purchase again.

$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: February 09, 2017

Wonderful Violin

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reviewed by: Student, JULIE SCHULTZ

I decided to play again after 25 years - since high school. I purchased this violin January 1 and LOVE IT. The tone is beautiful, it is easy to play and I am progressing quickly. The tone is deep and rich - just what I wanted. My teacher loves it. Also stopped at a store in Salt Lake and their Luther went out of his way to compliment my violin.

$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: January 28, 2017

Not Impressed

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reviewed by: GENI PAISLEY

I ordered this violin during a trial period with another maker. I have to say I was disappointed and the violin did not impress. The first thing I noticed was that the wood grain was not very high quality and the set up was quite poor. I had played a number of lesser quality violins and the set up on every one of them was MUCH better than it was on the Lamberti violin I received from Shar. This was quite unexpected since the Shar violin retailed for many $100s more. I did enjoy the tone, but that was largely due to the bow (Presto Ovation). I returned the violin and bought the other one I was trialing that cost almost half of what Shar was asking. I still have it today, with no plan s of replacing it any time soon. Still, I recommend trying a violin out either through the rental or in home trial program. It's the only way to make an accurate assessment in my opinion.

$199.00

Franz Hoffmann® Danube Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: January 22, 2017

Good price for a real instrument

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reviewed by: Parent, MARCO ALVARADO

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

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: January 03, 2017

Sounds Great

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reviewed by: Anonymous

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

$4,500.00

John Cheng Reserve Solo Artist Violin

REVIEWED ON: December 30, 2016

Should have done this year's ago!!

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reviewed by: Teacher, ASHLEY MOORE

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

$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. I have bought a violin for my daughter, and I want to buy back-up strings for it. Do you have specific strings for this violin? If not, then what type should I get? I want to make sure it a produces a nice pitch, since the violin itself makes a beautiful sound. Thanks!

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ASKED BY: CHRISTINA ZHIHUI CHEN

FROM: DUNLAP, IL

ASKED ON: March 22, 2017

A. Hi Christina! There's a lot of choices when it comes to strings. In our workshop, we setup the Sonata violin with Vision Strings. We find that these strings work well with this instrument and produce a balanced tone. Depending on your personal preference, you may want to experiment with your sound. We have created a String Sound Guide to provide tone, projection and price information for all of our available strings. We hope this guide will be useful in your search for new strings! Also, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions. Hope this helps!

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$339.00

Cricket Violin - Friction Pegs - Amber

ITEM NUMBER: CR1 L

Q. When will Cricket violins (The Magic Fluke Co.) be back in stock? Thank you!

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ASKED BY: JUSTINE SHRIDER

FROM: HUNTSVILLE, AL

ASKED ON: March 09, 2017

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

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$369.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WHD 44

Q. What is the difference between the Franz Hoffman concert violin/outfit and the Franz Hoffman concert Deluxe violin/outfit?

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ASKED BY: MARILYN HOWARTH

FROM: TOOELE, UT

ASKED ON: March 06, 2017

A. Hi Marilyn! The deluxe outfit includes an upgraded case and bow. On the product page under "Item Includes", you can find the included case and bow information. Thanks for your question!

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$450.00

Franz Hoffmann Koe Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: SN220T 44

Q. Do your instruments come completely set up and ready to play or is it assembly required as in the bridge and strings are not attached?

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ASKED BY: Sanjay Srikonda

FROM: Brooklyn, NY

ASKED ON: March 03, 2017

A. Hi Sanjay, Our instruments come fully setup and ready to play!

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$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LV20

Q. Hi! Just received this violin and my daughter thinks it's brilliant. Do you know and will you tell me what brand strings it has on it? Thanks!

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ASKED BY: DAVID GRAHAM

FROM: GREENBELT, MD

ASKED ON: March 01, 2017

A. Hi David! This instrument has Vision strings. Thanks for your question!

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$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. I was wondering where this violin was made and how well the quality is.

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ASKED BY: Rina Nech

FROM: asheville, NC

ASKED ON: February 25, 2017

A. Hi Rina! This violin is hand-crafted by our SHAR Beijing Workshop then set-up our SHAR Ann Arbor Workshop. We feel that this instrument offer great value for the price. In fact, we guarantee it's the best $500 violin in the world! If for any reason you don't agree that this is the the best $500 violin, you can simply return it within 30 days for a full refund. If you have any additional question, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks for your question!

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$500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. When will the 1/2 size of this model be available? I need two. Thanks, Yali

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ASKED BY: YALI XIE

FROM: MADISON, WI

ASKED ON: February 24, 2017

A. For stock information, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LV20

Q. Hi, what fine tuner is recommended to use with this violin? What about for string? Thank you.

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ASKED BY: PAMELA BOQUIRON

FROM: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

ASKED ON: February 24, 2017

A. Hi Pamela, We offer a variety of fine tuners that will work with this instrument - follow the link to view our selection. We setup this instrument in our Ann Arbor Workshop with Vision Strings. We find that these strings pair well with this instrument. Strings are a personal preference based on many factors including desired tone and playing style. We recommend taking a look at our String Sound Chart to help guide your decision. Also, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy help answer any additional questions you may have!

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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/32 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T132

Q. I'm interested in purchasing this violin, but have had bad experiences with online violin purchases. What is your return policy if I'm unsatisfied with the violin's quality?

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ASKED BY: Emily Huey

FROM: Sandy, UT

ASKED ON: February 18, 2017

A. Hi Emily! We have a 30-day no hassle return policy for all instrument purchases. If you are not satisfied with this violin for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. If you have any additional questions about the return process, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$900.00

Carlo Lamberti® Symphony Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV12

Q. I only see one fine tuner. Can you explain if we would have to install fine tuners on the other strings?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: MACON, GA

ASKED ON: February 08, 2017

A. Hello! This instrument comes with a fine tuner on the E string only. If you would like additional fine tuners, they would need to be purchased and installed separately. Feel free to view our selection of fine tuners and installation guide. Thanks for your question!

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