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Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

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

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.

Ashot Vartanian

Ashot Vartanian

An introduction to our Master Luthier, Ashot Vartanian.

$250.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin - Instrument Only

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.

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $250 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.

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

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

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

$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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $250 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

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

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.

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

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.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 3/4 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $250 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

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


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

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

$279.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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.

$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.

$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 have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $50 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

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 3/4 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 most popular Franz Hoffmann violin, the Concert is designed to bring out the best performance in students, and is an instrument they can stay with for years.

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

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

TEACHER CHALLENGE: If for any reason you and your student don't agree this is the the best $250 violin, simply have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.

The "Best in Class!" icon is your assurance that SHAR has searched the world for instruments that are the very best value in each category. We offer a variety of instruments for different playing levels and price ranges, so that you can find the instrument that is perfect for your needs.

$449.00

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.

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.

$189.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only

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.

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. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

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

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus 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.

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.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/16 size

REVIEWED ON: September 20, 2017

No Sound

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reviewed by: Parent, TEERACHAI SUPAKORNDEJ

The A and E strings had a little bit of sound come out of it. The D had even less, and the G was just nothing. I bought it as a gift for my son, but he would hate playing the violin if he were to start on this instrument. Have to return.

$189.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: September 04, 2017

Great violin!!!

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reviewed by: Teacher, Anonymous

I have bought a few of the blemished Preludes from Shar for students. Each of them is well made, and set up. I love the sound on these, and haven't had any reason to change the strings. They are perfect for the beginner and intermediate on a tight budget. The tone is nice, and not too loud and they don't sound cheap or tiny. My student that isn't serious about the violin won't ever need to purchase an upgrade! His Prelude sounds as nice as a much more expensive violin. Strings will need an upgrade as he progresses but the instrument is perfect! Thank you Shar!!!

$189.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: September 01, 2017

poor quality

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reviewed by: Anonymous

I bought the prelude because i wanted a decent beginner violin and it sounded good on the video when the girl from the shop is playing it. I have never been able to get any kind of decent sound out of it however. Granted, it is not expensive bit for almost $200 i thought it would at least be playable. I do not think it is. The prelude comes with very cheap strings and if you buy it i would replace the strings to something better. The D and G strings are absolutely terrible. A is not much better. E string has typical steel string sound. When i received the violin i noticed that there were several white spots inside the violin and after some time playing it some specks started falling out of the violin. Probably the vibration shook something loose. A tech i brought it too said they were probably buffing compound or polish marks. Whoever built the violin obviously did not do a good job and it should not have been shipped in that condition. I changed the g string after it broke to a d'addario prelude but it still sounds terrible. i should have returned the violin after i bought it but i missed the deadline and was not offered a replacement after notifying Shar of the white spots. I do not think the violin is worth the price and i will have to absorb the loss.

$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: June 26, 2017

FANTASTIC VIOLIN!! WELL WORTH THE COST AND MORE!!!!

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I've had this violin for about 2 years now and I'm still loving the sound!!! I'm an advanced student and this violin performs like a $1,000 instrument. My teacher played it and was shocked when I told him I payed $500 for it. The G string is very rich and full and the D has a bright but mellow sound that is very pleasing to the ear. It also sounds great on the A, not so much in 3rd position but that's to be expected with any instrument, and E is verry bright, clear, and sweet, especially up in the high range/ closer to the finger board where the sound is very sweet with no harshness. How Shar can make and sell a $1,000 violin for $500, I don't know but I do know, that it is everything they claim it is and more. Both my former teacher, and current teacher love this violin as well and have commended it for its tone and value.

$695.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: June 24, 2017

Very pleased

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reviewed by: DIANE PALEC

I recently purchased the Carlo Lamberti Sonata Outfit and my violin teacher and I are both very pleased. The instrument is beautiful to look at and the sound is resonant. It sounds great!

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: June 11, 2017

Beautiful!

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reviewed by: SHIRLEY BOYER

This is an absolutely beautiful instrument and has a lovely tone! My granddaughter could instantly tell the difference from the school loaner she had had all year! She loves it and enjoys practicing now and will play without having to be reminded...something her parents are enjoying too! Also my son says he can listen to her practicing without wincing...even he can tell the tone is exceptional!

$1,500.00

Carlo Lamberti® Master Series Guarneri Violin - Instrument Only

REVIEWED ON: May 19, 2017

Very pleased!

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reviewed by: RYAN JOHNSON

I just recently rented one of these outfits, along with the presto ovation bow, and have to say I am so glad I pulled the trigger on it. I was really getting frustrated with my $500 student instrument - I think having a music background already I just wasn't enjoying the sound of a student instrument, but I also wasn't ready to spend thousands on a more advanced violin. I know everyone says they "setup" their instruments before shipping them out, but Shar really does live up to that promise. The whole setup just sounds fantastic, the pegs are just right, the bridge - everything. And I think it goes without saying that the tone of the instrument itself is well worth the money as well. Very nice rich sound - I have hardly put it down since it arrived.

$449.00

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

REVIEWED ON: May 18, 2017

Very pleased

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reviewed by: Student, DAVID FREMONT SMITH

This instrument is a great improvement over the sound quality of a fairly inexpensive Cecilio outfit (tho it wasn't the cheapest) i had bought on Amazon. The TC100 case is also a big improvement, and I upgraded the bow on the Maestro kit to a Presto Ovation carbon fiber. This bow is much better balanced and easier to control. Very happy thus far with this purchase.

$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: May 18, 2017

NO BOW - Beware

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reviewed by: Parent, YVETTE PERCELL

After purchasing this violin for my child. It arrived in the mail, and to my chagrin, it arrived without a BOW. When I called Shar I was told that I needed to purchase one separately.

$369.00

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

REVIEWED ON: May 13, 2017

Great violin!

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I purchased this violin outfit several months ago. The violin is absolutely gorgeous. It has a nice full sound, projects well, sounds beautiful. It seems to be made very well. I ended up ordering a carbon fiber bow afterwards, and the case that comes with the deluxe outfit was out of stock when I ordered so we replaced it for a different one, so I can't speak about those.. but the violin is wonderful!

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 12

Q. Hello, What's the difference between the Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 1/2 size, and the Franz Hoffmann® Concert DELUXE Violin Outfit - 1/2 size? What justifies the extra USD 70.00 in the Deluxe model? Thanks for letting me know.

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ASKED BY: MARY ALEXANDRA RYAN

FROM: ANIERES GE, FN

ASKED ON: September 22, 2017

A. Hi Mary, thanks for your question. The Deluxe Outfit features an upgraded case and bow. The outfit components can be found on the product page under "Item Includes". Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV100T 14

Q. What does it mean to get the outfit? Case? Bow? Chin rest already installed? But not shoulder rest, right?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: VIENNA, VA

ASKED ON: September 11, 2017

A. An outfit includes instrument, case, bow, and rosin. All of our instruments are setup with a chinrest as well. You would need to purchase a shoulder rest separately. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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$1,000.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: OF480 44

Q. I'd like to know when your sale for blemished ones is gonna be.

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ASKED BY: INHWA LEE

FROM: MCLEAN, VA

ASKED ON: September 10, 2017

A. Hi Inhwa! All used/blemished instruments can be found in the clearance section. Please follow the link to view.

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$1,000.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: OF480 44

Q. Hi, I am wondering whether this item comes just as the violin itself, or whether a case, rosin, bow, et cetera will be included in the item as well.

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ASKED BY: INHWA LEE

FROM: MCLEAN, VA

ASKED ON: September 10, 2017

A. Hi Inhwa, thanks for your question. This product listing includes the instrument only. A case, bow, and rosin would need to be added separately. If you would like a recommendation or have any additional questions, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427.

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$250.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SH500

Q. I plan to buy a good student violin, and your descriptions of this Franz Hoffman Concert violin sound good. The only issue is I'm wary of China-made violins. From what I have seen, most China-made violins are VSOs. Is this violin made by a really reputable China violin luthier workshop, for example, Eastman Strings? Is this Concert violin made by Eastman Strings for Shar Music?

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ASKED BY: VIVIENNE TRAN

FROM: ROCKVILLE, MD

ASKED ON: September 09, 2017

A. Hi Vivienne, thanks for your question. This instrument is handcrafted in China exclusively for SHAR, and then goes through a rigorous inspection/set-up process in our Ann Arbor, MI workshop where our highly-trained staff ensure that the violin we send to you will be the best in its class. We also offer a 30 day no-hassel return policy - If you are not satisfied with the sound or quality of this instrument, you can return within the 30 days of purchase for a full refund. Please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions or concerns.

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$449.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin Outfit with TC100 Case - 1/2 size

ITEM NUMBER: SVB2WH12

Q. Hi, I am interested in either purchasing or renting a 1/2 size violin, entry level. I know for renting, we could always change to the next size when needed. What about purchasing? Do you also offer buyback or exchange? Best, Zhi Zhang

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ASKED BY: ZHI ZHANG

FROM: millburn, NJ

ASKED ON: September 08, 2017

A. Hi Zhi, thanks for your question. We offer a Trade In Program which allows you to receive a credit for your instrument when you're ready to upsize/upgrade. Please follow the link for more information and feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions.

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$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV100T 12

Q. What size shoulder rest works with this violin?

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ASKED BY: Merrell Maschino

FROM: Fairfax, CA

ASKED ON: September 04, 2017

A. You would need a 1/2 size shoulder rest for this violin. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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$329.00

Franz Hoffmann Vienna Violin Outfit 3/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEV300T 34

Q. Hello! Is it possible to purchase this with a different set of strings? I'm looking at the Thomastik Dominant Violin Set-Steel-Ball E-1/2-Med (Item #: D129S 12). If yes, how much would this outfit cost? Thanks!

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ASKED BY: JEAN DE YNCHAUSTI

FROM: TYLER, TX

ASKED ON: September 01, 2017

A. Hello! This instrument comes with D'Addario Prelude strings already installed. You are welcome to purchase the Dominant strings separately. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have additional questions.

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$780.00

New York Philharmonic Apprentice Violin Outfit - 3/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: NYP500T 34

Q. Do you have audio of this violin? My daughter is needing to move from a 1/2 to a 3/4 and I am looking for a good intermediate violin for her.

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ASKED BY: JEREMY HIGGINS

FROM: FEDERAL WAY, WA

ASKED ON: August 30, 2017

A. Hi Jeremy, We are currently working on getting audio of this instrument on our site. Check back soon!

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$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/16 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV100T 116

Q. When do you expect to have the Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/16 size back in stock?

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ASKED BY: Mary Austin

FROM: Fort Worth, TX

ASKED ON: August 30, 2017

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

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