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

Instrument Making Traditions

Instrument Making Traditions

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In Home Trials

Shar Music in Home Trial

Our Safe, Easy, and Risk-Free In Home Trial Program allows you to try up to 2 violins for a 7 day trial period.

$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

$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.

$329.00

Franz Hoffmann Vienna Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Traditional European Quality and Tone, for the Advancing Student


Our Hoffmann Vienna violin is a remarkable instrument that will enable the serious student to easily progress to the next level. European materials and quality abound, from the well-aged and flamed maple and spruce tonewood, the traditional hand-crafted pattern, and the delicately applied and durable oil varnish. Made in Romania, in the heart of Europe. Fitted with high-quality Overture Ultra synthetic strings, the Vienna is carefully adjusted and tested in SHAR's Ann Arbor workshop, resulting in a full, rich tone. Available in 4/4-1/2 sizes.

$695.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin Outfit - 1/2 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.

$780.00

New York Philharmonic Apprentice Violin Outfit - 1/2 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Intermediate

New York Philharmonic "Apprentice" Violin Outfit

This instrument is modeled after the golden period work of Stradivari and has been carefully hand-crafted by the New York Stringed Instrument Company in conjunction with the New York Philharmonic. It is designed to be the absolute best beginner violin made and has gone through multiple inspections and play-testing so as to satisfy teachers and players completely. The violin outfit includes a quality pernambuco bow with ebony frog and a custom-made oblong case with your choice of hunter green or royal purple interior.

"The violins have a rich and even sound. Perfect for the budding violinist, on the way to becoming a future member of the New York Philharmonic"
- Frank Huang, Concertmaster, NY Philharmonic

"We work with thousands of talented students every year, too many of whom are being held back by inadequate instruments. A student who aspires to play professionally, certainly at the level of the New York Philharmonic, at some point needs a quality instrument. The New York Philharmonic "Apprentice" and "Master" model Violins hit the sweet spot of affordability and quality, as judged by Philharmonic musicians themselves."
- Theodore Wiprud, Vice President, Education

$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.

$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.

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: March 28, 2018

AMAZING Instrument

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reviewed by: MARK MCNEIL

I had been looking to upgrade from an instrument which I have used for many years, a very sweet sounding older violin made in Czechoslovakia. I visited a couple of nearby violin shops (not many in Maine!) and tried many instruments ranging from $1500 to $5500. I was astounded at my level of universal disappointment with each and every violin... having had the expectation of being blown away, in comparison to my more modest longtime sidekick. In fact, most of those "mid-level" violins were truly horrendous sounding, to the point of being unlistenable... thin, screechy, "dead" sound. My quest having been foiled and my enthusiasm considerably diminished, I decided to change direction and try more modestly-priced instruments. At that time Shar was running a page of their trade-in instruments and one of them was the Concert, for under $200... why not? Well... when it arrived and I began playing I could not believe what I was hearing! Rich, balanced, beautiful sound! I changed strings to Obligatos, and it took it up another few notches! It is amazing, now my #1, and I wouldn't think of getting rid of it. Maybe mine is a fluke... or maybe they got a bunch of things "just right" with the design and construction of the Concert. In any event, it is a joy to play every day, and I highly recommend it... not only for beginners, but also as a second or a back-up instrument for intermediate players!

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: March 26, 2018

Scott Nokes, Perryville, Mo

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reviewed by: Student, SCOTT NOKES

Unbelievable. I got my violin and right away my learning improved. Now I'm using a top quality violin from a awesome supplier, my musicianship has improved. Thank you Shar for getting me on the right track with a beautiful instrument both visually and by sound. Now I feel like there is hope for me. This is definatly the best. I'm totally lost for words. I had no trouble tuning and the speech is awesome. I so wish I went with Shar from the beginning. Thanks again.

$780.00

New York Philharmonic Apprentice Violin Outfit - 1/2 Size

REVIEWED ON: March 17, 2018

Nice

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reviewed by: Teacher, ARIANA STRAZNICKY

I recently helped one of my Suzuki Book 3 students purchase their first 1/2 size violin (after having rented for many years). This instrument was included in the mix, but was not ultimately chosen. It projects very well and has a bright sound, but it's a little overly responsive and not very forgiving. The instrument is very good quality, I just felt there are better instruments in the same price range on the market. The case that comes with it is nice quality.

$695.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin Outfit - 1/2 Size

REVIEWED ON: March 17, 2018

Beyond expectations

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reviewed by: Teacher, ARIANA STRAZNICKY

One of my Suzuki Book 3 students was searching for a new 1/2 size violin and we came across this one. It far exceeded my expectations, especially for the price range. The sound is warm, velvety, and even across all strings. It projects beautifully. Highly recommend.

$449.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC100 Case - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: February 11, 2018

Happy student

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I am a begginer violin student and my teacher keeps commenting on how nice my violin sounds. He is just amazed at the quality of this violin for the price. I’m very pleased.

$3,479.00

Snow Simona Violin

REVIEWED ON: February 07, 2018

This is the perfect violin

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reviewed by: Student, L

I love this violin so much. I highly suggest it to everyone. The sound is beautiful, the look is beautiful, and it is worth more than it's price! I tried this with a more expensive violin, the John Cheng Reserve Solo Artist Violin at $3,750, and this violin was definitely my favorite. Thank you so so much.

$329.00

Franz Hoffmann Vienna Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: February 02, 2018

Beautiful looking and sounding violin for a decent price!

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reviewed by: Teacher, MICHAEL VILLARREAL

The instrument is bright and responsive. At times the instrument has nuances of coarseness but in general it is a nice instrument. The top of the violin really impressed me. The grain is fine and uniform which is sometimes hard to find. The corners and purfling are very well done. The set up is well done. Nice work done on the bridge, and sound post. The violin is easy to play. I was also impressed with how the peg box and pegs were fitted. This is a detail that can be overlooked easy especially when selling string instruments online. The pegs are perfectly fitted. The tail piece is excellent (wittner tail piece). I saw that one reviewer mentioned the chin rest was uncomfortable. Don't trust this person he's crazy. The chin rest is fine and I have used it for hours. The bow it came with is also very nice. It's responsive, stable and resonant but can lack clarity during fast passages. The quality of the horse hair on the bow is also decent. Over all the bow is well cut and nice to look at. The case is nicer than I expected. It's it's styrofoam construction is extremely light. The handle looks and feels durable. This case even has a suspension for the violin which is a nice inclusion in this price range. The zippers on case however fails to impress. They are slightly difficult to open and close and I feel like after a year or two they will surely break. No biggie tho in my opinion. Things I didn't like about the violin... On the sides/corners of the violin the varnish is a little uneven. It also appears that a different, more glossy varnish was used for the scroll instead of the oil varnish used on the front, back and sides. Using two different varnishes makes it look a little cheap in my opinion. I don't think many people will care or see this and the beautiful quality of the grain of the wood makes up for this slight idiosyncrasy. The violin was put together well but there are slight areas of hide glue build up on the seems. Unfortunately when my violin was shipped someone had left a piece of paper towel glued underneath the label of the violin. I have a difficult time understanding how someone at quality control missed a giant piece of trash inside the violin. Were they asleep? Anyway I was able to take it out with tweezers after about 5 minutes of shaking my violin. You must put on new strings as soon as you receive your violin. The strings it comes with will do if you have nothing else but the quality of the strings is bad. I do not expect Shar to put on $100 violin strings, so this is fine. I recommend vision or dominant strings for $50/$60. Nice strings are very important. If you have a nice instrument and bad strings, it's like putting a Prius engine in the body of a Lamborghini... Nobody would do that. You shouldn't either. Over all this is a great instrument. If the quality is anywhere near mine you should be happy. Of course you should limit your expectations as this is a affordable violin but it is really of good quality. The quality of this violin should be THE standard of any student beginning the violin. It is the minimum investment needed to be able to achieve good results. This violin should last a student 2 to 3 years before they need to upgrade to a more complex sound.

$339.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: January 28, 2018

"Doesn't sing"

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

In the words of our violin teacher- "this violin doesn't sing". I don't even like the sound as much as the Angels String 1/8 size violin we had before this 1/4 size Maestro. It's a pretty violin, but disappointed in the sound. Perhaps the quality is inconsistent, as others seem quite pleased. This has a flatness of sound, no roundness or richness, the E string is annoyingly bright.

$2,800.00

Budapest Lutherie Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LM96

Q. Is there a demo video for this violin?

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ASKED BY: Alex Palmer

FROM: New Albany, OH

ASKED ON: April 18, 2018

A. Hi Alex! We're working on adding new video and audio of this instrument to the site in the near future. In the meantime, please contact us at 1-866-742-7270 and we'd be happy to setup an in-home trial for you!

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$2,800.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Premier Violin - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: KJS7044

Q. Hello! I was wondering if it was possible to not pay in full but pay finance each month. Also, for the in home trial, how many days do you actually get to have the violin?

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ASKED BY: Alex Palmer

FROM: New Albany, OH

ASKED ON: April 18, 2018

A. Hi Alex, thanks for your questions. At this time, we do not offer financing for instruments. For all in-home trial question, please contact us at 1-866-742-7270 and we would be happy to help setup your trial!

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$1,000.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: OF480 44

Q. Can your shop set this violin up fine tuners ?

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ASKED BY: Brian Ringus

FROM: Tacoma, WA

ASKED ON: April 16, 2018

A. Hi Brian! This instrument includes a fine tuner on the E string. Any additional tuners would need to be purchased separately. To speak with the Violin shop directly, please contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 18

Q. When do you expect to have this back in stock?

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ASKED BY: Pamela North

FROM: TOPEKA, KS

ASKED ON: April 11, 2018

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

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Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 12

Q. Hi, does it come with the TC66 or TC100 case? Thank you.

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ASKED BY: yongchao lin

FROM: Brooklyn, NY

ASKED ON: March 25, 2018

A. This outfit includes a Toshira TC66 Shaped Violin Case. Please follow the link to view and let us know if you have any additional questions.

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$695.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: LV11T 44

Q. My daughter's teacher suggested that we try an in-home trial for this violin. Is that possible? Please let me know.

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ASKED BY: dharmini smith

FROM: Los Angeles, CA

ASKED ON: March 19, 2018

A. Hi Dharmini! Please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 for more information on in-home trials. Thanks!

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$389.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WHZ44

Q. I have this in back order, I just checked the status of it and it hasn’t shipped. I’m I able to get the price adjusted? Thank you

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ASKED BY: MARIA MAY

FROM: FORT BRAGG, CA

ASKED ON: March 18, 2018

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

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Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC100 Case - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WH44

Q. When will Shar have this back in stock? I plan on sending a 1/2 Franz Hoffman in for credit.

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ASKED BY: GEORGE MONTERO

FROM: JUNEAU, AK

ASKED ON: March 13, 2018

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

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$439.00

Plug 'n Play Concert 5-string Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: PPV25

Q. 1. Does the PNP have an 1/8 input for external source so you can play along with a track using only headphones? 2. Does the PNP have built in reverb? I'm looking for a 5 string comparable to my 4 string Yamaha SV. Thank you!

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ASKED BY: JOE THURMAN

FROM: SAN ANTONIO, TX

ASKED ON: February 26, 2018

A. Hi Joe! Yes, this instrument has an 1/8" Aux input and built-in reverb. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427.

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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T34

Q. Will this instrument qualify for a trade in when the student has outgrown the 3/4 size?

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ASKED BY: ERIKA LUDWIG

FROM: SOUTH EGREMONT, MA

ASKED ON: February 17, 2018

A. Hi Erika, thanks for your question. Yes, this instrument would qualify for a trade-in. The trade-in value will depend on a few different factors. We recommend you take a look at the full details of our trade-in policy and contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 if you have additional questions. We would be happy to help clarify any details and walk you through the trade-in process.

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