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$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 return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If the instrument is returned within that time period due to dissatisfaction, we will send you, the teacher, a $25 SHAR 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.

$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

Best in Class!

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.

This Carlo Lamberti 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.

$1,100.00

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 return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If the instrument is returned within that time period due to dissatisfaction, we will send you, the teacher, a $25 SHAR 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

In Stock Guarantee: We guarantee that you will receive this Hoffmann violin, or an upgraded model, within the standard delivery timeframe (5-8 business days). If an upgrade is necessary, you will be contacted. Any upgrade will be at no extra cost.

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 return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If the instrument is returned within that time period due to dissatisfaction, we will send you, the teacher, a $25 SHAR 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.

$1,000.00

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 return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If the instrument is returned within that time period due to dissatisfaction, we will send you, the teacher, a $25 SHAR 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.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

$695.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

Best in Class!

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.

$2,500.00

John Cheng® Limited Series Violin - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Advanced

Play

The BEST $2,500 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $2,500 violin, simply return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If the instrument is returned within that time period due to dissatisfaction, we will send you, the teacher, a $25 SHAR gift certificate for your efforts.

We asked for the very best from the John Cheng workshop, and they responded with this remarkable limited series. Inspired by the greatest known Guarneri del Gesus, each violin is delicately handcrafted using European tonewoods carefully selected and patiently aged. The resulting tonal characteristics are refined and graceful yet with a powerful, muscular sound. The John Cheng Limited Edition Guarneri is at its best in recital, where it amply fills the room with its appealing sound.

"The violins of the John Cheng Limited series are outstanding instruments of superb quality. An instrument of this caliber would be at home on the concert stage or recording studio. In fact, I am looking forward to using one in my own recording work."
- Endre Granat,
Concertmaster, Hollywood Studios

"I just recently purchased a John Cheng Limited Series violin as a backup to my Gagliano, and I love it. I find the power, depth, richness and ease of playing to be astonishing. I see this as a real game changer for my students, for this instrument is comparable to violins costing much more."
- Larry Shapiro,
Artist in Residence, Professor of Violin, Butler University

$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.

$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.

$1,000.00

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.

$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

Play

Best in Class!

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.

This Carlo Lamberti 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.

$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.

$1,100.00

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.

$4,500.00

Ming-Jiang Zhu Artist Violin - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: June 15, 2018

Wonderful tone

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reviewed by: Student, CHET ORTON

I've only been playing for a few months and I'm coming to this from a student-level instrument. Take that into account when considering my review. However, I play other instruments and I understand tone. Tone matters and this instrument delivers. It's hard to put into words: rich, full, complex, balanced. It projects so much better than my other instrument. It's a wonderful instrument. My other instrument now sounds flat and muted. I've owned this for a few weeks, now. I play most days. I think I play more often and for longer because of how this thing sings. I love it. No regrets.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: June 14, 2018

Very nice!

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reviewed by: Parent, MARILUCY KENNEDY

I have recently ordered (and received) the Franz Hoffman Amadeus violin outfit, and this is what I think about it. The violin outfit comes with a Toshira T66 Shaped case, which I think is amazing. With everything inside of the case, I think it must be about 2 pounds, no joke, to lift. The case also comes with backpack straps, which are convenient. The violin is amazing. Please note that it is actually a red flame color, which looks just beautiful. It comes with Overture Premium strings, which, if you look at them on the SHAR strings section, cost 9,99 for a set.. The strings sound very nice, though, and keep in mind: it's a BEGINNER violin. After you advance more at the violin, you should spend the money for better strings. They are very nice for the beginner level, though. SHAR tunes the strings for you in advance, but they arrived a bit out of tune, which I expected. That was no problem, though. I picked up my old Glaesel VI30E4 (which was in tune) and I only needed to fine tune the Amadeus to get it in perfect tune. The set also came with SHAR Mini Rosin. I have not tried it yet, but I don't think I will, looking at how good my Jade Rosin is. (You can buy that here: https://www.sharmusic.com/accessories/rosin/jade-rosin.axd) The bow is very nice as well, easy to tighten and loosen. Overall, this is a very nice violin. Remember, it isn't anything besides a beginner violin. Very nice indeed.

$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: June 13, 2018

great tone

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reviewed by: Teacher, COLLEEN LIVELY

I have a student who bought the Sonata 3/4 violin last fall. She "upgrades" every 2 years from Shar as she grows. She is getting an incredible sound out of this violin. I have recommended this violin to other students. It's a great "student level" violin.

$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: June 11, 2018

LOVE THIS SO MUCH

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I am a beginner-intermediate violinist and I upgraded to the Sonata about two years ago. The sound quality is so rich, my teacher was shocked at how great it was for a violin this price. It’s resonance is amazing! I am in love with this instrument. It’s outstanding quality has not changed over these past two years. I definitely recommend it for any beginner or intermediate level violinist. I will say that the bow you use does make a difference in sound, but it does not change the overall quality of the instrument.

$2,745.00

Snow Model PV900 Violin

REVIEWED ON: May 29, 2018

Fantastic Violin!!!!

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reviewed by: Anonymous

This violin is smooth to play with a lovely, even tone across all the strings that projects very well and fills the room with sound. The sound under the ear is loud but not harsh. Looks wise this violin is gorgeous with a nice varnish but more importantly it’s an absolute joy to play! I tried violins twice the price and this one came out the winner for me!

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: May 16, 2018

Very happy with the sound

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reviewed by: Anonymous

We've been pleasantly surprised by the sound quality, and so has her teacher. We would definitely buy the same model in the next size up.

$339.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: April 30, 2018

Better than I expected

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reviewed by: AUBREY WATKINS

I am parent and teacher. I bought my 10 y.o. a 1/4 size "Maestro" about a year ago. We have been pleased. Better sound than I expected out of this size and price. She is an early-intermediate player and this fiddle has served her well.

$350.00

Franz Hoffmann® Koe Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: April 30, 2018

Good sound. Good value.

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reviewed by: AUBREY WATKINS

I'm parent and teacher. Bought an 1/8th size Koe violin a couple years back. Both daughters have played it now as they have aged. We have all been happy with it. It has a good volume and nice tone for a small instrument. I teach about 5 kids and this is the best sounding 1/8th I have heard out of the bunch -- of course, none of them are real high priced fiddles.

$250.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: April 25, 2018

Good beginning violin

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reviewed by: Student, EDWIN NELLINGER

So I decided one day to try my hand at the violin. So far, I have been super impressed with this one, being my 2nd, I also got an electric one so that I could practice in my apartment and now I kinda wish I would have just got this one first. Super happy with it!! Was a little miffed that the week after I bought it, they came out with a package sale with case and bow but it is what it is. Even with the case and bow the whole deal was under $500. Can't complain :)

$329.00

Franz Hoffmann Vienna Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: April 01, 2018

Fantastic value for money.

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I wanted to leave a fair review. I am extremely happy with this violin for the money I paid for it. It was on sale and so I feel I got a good deal. It takes a while for the strings to warm up but when they do it sounds alright (I'm around grade 2-3 level so I'm not awesome but I can get a good tone from the violin). Before I start listing off the flaws I noticed, I am going to list off the positives. I loved that this violin was from Europe, it's hard to find well made genuinely from Europe violins in this price range. The wood that it was made from was flamed at the back and you can clearly see the grain. I think this was either oil or varnish but it looks nicer than the pictures on the website in my opinion. I was very surprised with the quality of the violin when I opened the box and I was very happy with the finish. The bow is beautiful, it's the nicest beginner bow I have ever had the pleasure of using. It doesn't look cheap, it's solid and a good weight. It glides across the violin easily. I am very happy with this bow! Here are a few of the things that bothered me, as other people said in their reviews some of the varnish is not even. Areas of my violin on the scroll got missed when varnish was applied, there is one small dot on the body where the varnish left a small mark (this doesn't bother me too much as won't affect play-ability). In my very personal opinion had I the money to do so straight away I would change the strings to something like pirastros or dominants. This is a quality enough violin for you to get the benefit of a better string, the factory strings aren't the worst I've ever heard. But I will only be keeping them until they need a string change, they are a student quality, you can find nicer strings at an affordable range. The main thing stopping me give this outfit a 5 star is the case. I have ended up putting a piece of paper over the violin hair as I place it on top of the clip. Because you have to be so very careful placing the bow in the case or the hair gets snagged, I am lucky mine did not get damaged as I was careful. The music also does not fit in the music pocket as the pocket is too small. The zips snag on the case and eventually it's going to break.... I will buy a new case when that happens. It looks nice but it's not a practical quality case. It protects the violin well.

$695.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: LV11T 44

Q. Hello: I have recently purchased a full-size Carlo Lamberti Sonata Violin Outfit Item# LV11T 44. Would you please let me know what is the name brand/model of the strings it came with so I may purchase an additional set. Thank you. Steve

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ASKED BY: STEVE HU

FROM: HOCKESSIN, DE

ASKED ON: June 21, 2018

A. The violin comes with Thomastik Vision strings. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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$1,000.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: OF480 44

Q. Is this violin available for financing or to rent?

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ASKED BY: Robin McMurry

FROM: FT LEONARD WD, MO

ASKED ON: June 18, 2018

A. At this time, we do not offer financing or rental on this instrument. If you have any additional question or would be interested in an in-home trial, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

6 people found this review helpful.

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$389.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WHZ44

Q. How long before you could get this violin if I were to order one?

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ASKED BY: JOHN KIMBALL

FROM: LEBANON, ME

ASKED ON: June 18, 2018

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

8 people found this review helpful.

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$2,050.00

Lamberti Master Series Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: LV20T 44

Q. What string does this come with?

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ASKED BY: Kiyo Morimoto

FROM: Odessa, FL

ASKED ON: June 15, 2018

A. Hi Kiyo! This instrument come with Thomastik Vision strings. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

7 people found this review helpful.

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$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 12

Q. I bought Blemished Hoffmann Concert Violin Outfit 1/4 Size Item #: BSH500WH 14 for my niece about 2 years ago. Can I trade for this? How much more do I need to pay? Thanks.

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Ladera Ranch, CA

ASKED ON: June 15, 2018

A. For information regarding trade-ins, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we'd be happy to help!

8 people found this review helpful.

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$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEV200T 44

Q. Hello, I would like to order Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 4/4 Size. It is out of stock now. Do you know when it will be available? Thank you!

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ASKED BY: YI HUANG

FROM: THOUSAND OAKS, CA

ASKED ON: June 03, 2018

A. Hello Yi! For up to date stock information, please contact us at 800-248-7427. Thanks!

36 people found this review helpful.

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$389.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WHZ44

Q. Hi, when will the Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC66 Case - 4/4 size Item# SVB2WHZ44 be back in stock?

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ASKED BY: Jason Li

FROM: Elmhurst, NY

ASKED ON: May 28, 2018

A. Hi Jason! For the most up to date stock information, please contact us directly at 800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$2,750.00

Wang Artisto Violin - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: WZ85 44

Q. Is this setup?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: Chatham, NJ

ASKED ON: May 27, 2018

A. All of our instruments are fully set up in our workshop and should be ready to play as soon as they arrive. They might just need a little bit of tuning! I hope this helps.

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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T44

Q. Hi, Any idea of when you will have this violin available again? Thanks!

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ASKED BY: RICHARD RODRIGUEZ

FROM: SPRINGFIELD, VA

ASKED ON: May 23, 2018

A. Hello Richard! For the most up-to-date stock information, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!

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$199.00

Franz Hoffmann® Danube Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HEV200

Q. What does this violin come with? If it doesn't come with a case, what do you ship it in? And is it good quality?

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ASKED BY: Olivia Baughman

FROM: Page, AZ

ASKED ON: May 22, 2018

A. Hello Olivia! This item is priced for the violin by itself. If you need a case and bow, we have the violin available in an outfit (case and bow included). Just click here to see the selection of sizes. If you do not want to purchase it with a bow and case, we package violins very securely when shipping them without cases, so you do not need to worry about damage in transit. Regarding the quality of the instrument, our Franz Hoffmann violins are all high quality student instruments. The Danube in particular is a Romanian instrument with a very resonant, warm tone that is a perfect starter violin or step up violin for an advancing player.

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