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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.

Ashot Vartanian

Ashot Vartanian

An introduction to our Master Luthier, Ashot Vartanian.

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


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


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.


John Cheng® Guarneri Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced


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.


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.


Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning


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.


Carlo Lamberti® Classic Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate


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!


Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC66 Case - 3/4 size

REVIEWED ON: September 17, 2015

Happy Daughter

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

We bought this violin to replace a rental 1/2 size. It is more than sufficient and sounds lovely for a beginning violinist. Her private lesson teacher and school orchestra teacher both commented on how nice it sounds and looks. And the price is reasonable, we were paying $25/month ($300 a year) to rent a 1/2 size. The free shipping is rather slow, and Shar didn't send an email confirming the order, or with tracking information.


Franz Hoffmann® Deluxe Etude Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

REVIEWED ON: August 14, 2015

Poor quality bow

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reviewed by: KATHERINE JEONG

We purchased this in December 2014 and the sound is wonderful. We had issues with the metal spring on the bow unravelling within two months. We are now into August and the leather piece beneath the spring where the index finger rests has come undone. For the price, the violin is great but the bow needs better quality work.


Cricket Violin - Friction Pegs - Amber

REVIEWED ON: August 03, 2015

Fun to Play! Fun to Have!

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reviewed by: RONALD SHARPE

I just got my Cricket violin. I'd been intrigued with it for a while and thought I'd take a chance on a radically re-engineered instrument. So here's what I love and what I don't love so much: Love the Idea—I really love the idea of a light, rugged, flexible, super-portable fiddle that won't break the bank, for outside, for traveling, and for non-traditional venues. Love to Play it—It is super-easy and fun to play. It's light as a feather and responds instantly to the bow and to the left hand. I am really, really enjoying playing this thing! Love the Build Quality, Design, and Style—Ukulele-style friction pegs are really easier to tune than traditional wooden violin pegs. I don't know why anyone would bother with the geared pegs because it's already easy to tune. All the parts seem quality, including the plastic body. It's cute and nicely put together. Don't Love so Much: The somewhat weird tone (though I have to say, it's growing on me). The tone is kind of hollow, like you might get when you talk into your cupped hands. The G string is not full and heavy. (Hey, no bass-bar, and a highly truncated plastic body—what do you expect?) I find the tone suitable for jazz, bluegrass, and folk. For classical, maybe not so much. I wouldn't want to sit in a string section and try to blend in, nor would I want to use the Cricket for the big recital. I've read that the Cricket amplifies beautifully, but in the acoustic mode, be prepared for a non-traditional, but strangely compelling sound. Don't Love so Much: Gig bag design with the thingie you strap over the bridge so it doesn't get smushed. The Cricket really needs a well-designed hard case. Don't Love so Much: The integrated shoulder/chin rest. The design could be improved a bit. It's almost there, but could use a bit more flexibility in adjustment. The verdict: I'm really glad I got the Cricket. I really love the way it plays. I love it's weirdly cool vibe. It won't replace my good violin, but it will be super fun to take to jams, picnics, camping, etc. Nice price and I love that it's made right up in New England!


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

REVIEWED ON: July 29, 2015

I love it!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I bought this violin recently and I love it! It's tone is amazing and beautiful, and was a huge step up from my Carlo Lamberti violin! Thank you Shar!


Günter Lobe Violin

REVIEWED ON: July 11, 2015

Great instrument for musical expression.

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reviewed by: Thomas Kelly

The Gunter Lobe violin is phenomenal. Made in 2015. Physical: the wood selection is first rate. The top is tight grained spruce. Back is a single piece of spectacularly flamed maple. The varnish is reddish brown and without any antiquing or shading. I tried dozens of violins and did not come across any similar to this violin's quality of wood selection and varnish. It is beautiful to look at. Sound: Clear, crisp, articulate, responsive, great projection, balance across the registers and strings. The E string sings. The notes in the upper positions on the G are absolutely crisp. The tone of this violin gives the player the tools necessary for any musical passage. Additionally I Visited a local music hall at a university and played a few measures of music. The violin sound filled the 500 seat hall at a forte dynamic, yet still crisp and clear at a piano dynamic in the last row. The tone is not dark or bright but I would say it is right in the middle. This violin will allow a player to be very precise in expression and articulation. Notes effortlessly poor out of this violin. For me this is a violin with a sound that is worth 8K. Really, that was the primary question for every violin I tried, "is this violin's tone worth ____ amount of money?" In the search for a new violin I played dozens of violins in the 5K-8K range and this violin was far and above the competition both in terms of physical and tonal quality. Absolutely, without any hesitation I highly recommend trying a Gunter Lobe violin.


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

REVIEWED ON: July 06, 2015

Violin With 'Beauty Spot'

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reviewed by: Student, DAVID BORENSTEIN

Just received a blemished Etude violin. The blemish is obvious...a fairly large spot on the front where the varnish was removed. Also obvious is the overall quality of the violin and it's lovely balanced sound. I did some cosmetic work on the spot so that it's hardly noticeable. Now I've got an instrument that both looks and sounds beautiful.


Carlo Lamberti® Symphony Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: June 27, 2015

beautiful instrument

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

I bought a blemished Symphony violin for a student. The finish had been messed up. The Symphony is a beautiful instrument! Well made and a pleasure to play on!


Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin

REVIEWED ON: April 30, 2015

I'm seriously impressed.

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reviewed by: ROBERT SEYMOUR

I got this violin for an in-home trial along with another violin in the same price range (Otto Ernst Fischer), and this one was superior in every way. There was really no competition. I loved the tone, feel, playability, and aesthetics. It has a great depth and presence, while maintaining an even brightness. I decided to visit the closest reputable violin shop to me, which is in Boca Raton, to see how this violin compared to several others in the same price range. I spent at least an hour in their shop and played probably a dozen different violins by various makers. They had some really nice instruments, but nothing that was as nice as the Lamberti for the same price. The violin that was the most similar cost $600 more, and the cheapest one they had that actually sounded better was a full $1000 more. The in-home trial was convenient and the staff was helpful every time I called. I've played this violin every day since I got it and I'm loving it more as time goes on.


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.


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.