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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.

Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

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

$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.

$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.

$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.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/16 size

REVIEWED ON: March 31, 2017

hoped for the best but have been disappointed

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reviewed by: Teacher, JESSICA LANDES

I have been observing the overall performance of a Franz Hoffmann Prelude 1/16 size that I bought for my daughter and that a student of mine bought. It had some good things going for it on paper and so I was hopeful. Right out of the box the G string was very hard to get any distinguishable tone out of and that continues to this day. I have had little success in getting ringing tones out of any of the strings and in general I've kind of given up on working towards a beautiful tone simply because the instrument is not capable of one (even though my students are). In my experience these instruments fall out of tune easily and are constantly needing to be retuned. I had the chance to compare this 1/16 size with a 1/16 size rental from a local luthier selling Chinese instruments and the rental was better by far on the above points. I can no longer recommend this Franz Hoffman Prelude 1/16 outfit.

$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.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T44

Q. do you have this violin in stock

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ASKED BY: ALYONA KARPUNINA

FROM: FLEMINGTON, NJ

ASKED ON: April 24, 2017

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

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$4,000.00

Mark E Weber Violin Salt Lake City 2015

ITEM NUMBER: F1 S5175A

Q. Just wonder if this is a workshop violin that Mark fine tuned or one he builds from scratch. Tonny

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ASKED BY: TONNY NAM

FROM: MILL CREEK, WA

ASKED ON: April 22, 2017

A. Hi Tonny! For more information about this instrument, please contact us at 1-866-742-7270 and we would be happy to help!

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$450.00

Franz Hoffmann Koe Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: SN220T 44

Q. Does this violin comes with Inlaid purfling? Also, is a good Violin for an intermediate player. The violin I was interested in is presently out of stock.

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ASKED BY: Elizabeth Hepburn

FROM: Brooklyn, NY

ASKED ON: April 11, 2017

A. Thank you for your questions, Elizabeth! SHAR only sells instruments with true inlaid purfling, this one included. The Koe is an excellent beginner violin, and while it would likely suffice for early-intermediate players, we recommend our "intermediate-level" instruments for players who are getting comfortable with more advanced techniques like higher positions, articulated bow strokes like spiccato, vibrato, etc..

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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T44

Q. Can you finance a violin

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ASKED BY: HOWARD HORTON

FROM: HEMET, CA

ASKED ON: April 11, 2017

A. Hi Howard! At this time, we do not offer financing for instruments. If you have any additional question, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$2,745.00

Snow Model PV900 Violin

ITEM NUMBER: PV900

Q. Are there any payment plans available for the intruments? Thank You!

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ASKED BY: COLEEN MCINTOSH

FROM: MACCLENNY, FL

ASKED ON: April 08, 2017

A. Hi Coleen! At this time we do not offer financing. If you have any additional question, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$1,679.00

Lamberti Master Series Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size - Blue Case

ITEM NUMBER: LV20T 44

Q. Where are the Carlo Lamberti Master Series Violins usually made in?

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ASKED BY: Evelyn Wong

FROM: Williamsburg, VA

ASKED ON: April 01, 2017

A. Hi Evelyn! This instrument is handcrafted in China exclusively for SHAR , and then goes through a rigorous inspection/set-up process in our Ann Arbor workshop where our highly-trained staff ensure that the violin we send to you will be the best in its class. Thanks for your question!

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Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. What comes with the violin I.e. Case, rosin, etc?

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ASKED BY: David Farley

FROM: Chapmanville, WV

ASKED ON: April 01, 2017

A. Hi David! This Carlo Lamberti violin does not come with any accessories, it is the violin only. We do offer this violin as an outfit which includes the instrument, case and bow. Please follow the link to view. Thanks for your question!

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Lamberti Master Series Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size - Blue Case

ITEM NUMBER: LV20T 44

Q. Are these instruments made new or are they made in previous years?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Easton, PA

ASKED ON: March 28, 2017

A. We are continually manufacturing new instruments at SHAR. Although, if you purchased this instrument, you may receive a new and unused violin that was made in previous years. It will depend on the available inventory at that time. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks for your question!

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$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: LV20

Q. What is the difference in the you see in the $500 upgrade lambarti master series?

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ASKED BY: Dana Collins

FROM: Minocqua, WI

ASKED ON: March 26, 2017

A. Hi Dana! For more information on upgrades and instrument comparisons, please contact our Violin Shop at 1-866-742-7270.

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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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