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Ashot Vartanian

An introduction to our Master Luthier, Ashot Vartanian.

$250.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin - Instrument Only

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

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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

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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

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Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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


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

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

$449.00

A favorite among Suzuki and other Private teachers who prefer a warm tone with strong projection.

The Maestro is a beautifully-performing and dependable violin that possesses all the hallmarks of time-tested craftsmanship. The tone, playability, hand-feel and consistency will keep students motivated, teachers impressed and parents delighted. With an unusually warm, round tone, yet outstanding projection, the Franz Hoffmann Maestro stands a head taller than other student violins at this price. Carefully adjusted and test played in our Ann Arbor workshop, your Maestro is ready to play and sure to delight for years to come. 4/4 - 1/4 sizes.

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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

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

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

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

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

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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


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

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

$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.

$389.00

A favorite among Suzuki and other Private teachers who prefer a warm tone with strong projection.

The Maestro is a beautifully-performing and dependable violin that possesses all the hallmarks of time-tested craftsmanship. The tone, playability, hand-feel and consistency will keep students motivated, teachers impressed and parents delighted. With an unusually warm, round tone, yet outstanding projection, the Franz Hoffmann Maestro stands a head taller than other student violins at this price. Carefully adjusted and test played in our Ann Arbor workshop, your Maestro is ready to play and sure to delight for years to come. 4/4 - 1/4 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Recommended for Beginners on a budget. The Prelude is made with higher quality tonewood that will allow Beginners to advance further on their musical journey before trading up to another instrument.

Hand made by skilled artisans from aged maple and spruce tonewoods. Enhanced arching gives a warmer and more powerful sound; careful varnish application gives a clean and precise look that brings out the beauty of the wood; better quality pegs allow your young student to master the intricacies of tuning. In every way, our Prelude will exceed your expectations for a beginner's instrument - it will delight both parents and teachers and inspire your young student. Set-up with Overture Premium strings. Outfit includes Brazilwood bow, rosin and shaped case. Made in China, inspected in our Ann Arbor workshop. Available in 4/4 - 1/32 sizes.

$369.00

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

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

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

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

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

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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


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

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

$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

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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

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.

$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.

$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.

$189.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only

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. 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

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.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 1/2 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 - 3/4 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.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/10 size

REVIEWED ON: November 18, 2017

Good beginner

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reviewed by: Parent, Aaron Royer

We started our kids on the Franz Hoffman 1/16 Prelude. The small violins are all kind of sqeaky/tinny in sound, so we decided to save some money and get the 1/10 Amadeus for the next level. This violin served my daughter, and then later my son. It stood up to their abuse. On a side note, we later tried putting Thomastik Vision strings (sized for 1/8) on this violin. The sound was greatly improved. If you want a good, small beginner violin for your kid to bang around and learn on this is it. Buy some Vision strings to improve the sound, and you will be good to go!

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/16 size

REVIEWED ON: November 18, 2017

It's a beginner violin

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reviewed by: Parent, Aaron Royer

We started our daughter on this violin. The violin teacher takes the D and G strings off when the kids are starting out, which makes it easier for them to bow and build the fundamentals. This violin sounded comparable to all of the other 1/16 violins that students were playing in our group lessons. It comes with Shar Overture strings, which are just fine for this size violin. The violin survived well, as our son started with the same violin after our daughter outgrew this one. For a 4 year old to bang around and learn, this is a great starter! We did not have problems with staying in tune, as others have reviewed.

$1,000.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: November 16, 2017

First Blush- Very nice Instrument

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reviewed by: CHAD CALDWELL

I just unwrapped my new Bianca and am extremely happy with it. To be fair, I am at best an intermediate fiddler (I play mostly Irish and American traditional music), however to me Bianca seemed well balanced across all the strings with a nice bottom end that my student fiddle didn't seem to have, she felt amazing in my hand requiring less finger pressure, and somehow made every note more resonate and pleasing to the ear than I ever thought possible. As far as her looks: the maple on the sides back and neck is beautifully flamed, the spruce top was well lined and beautifully shaped, the the maple on the sides back and neck is beautifully flamed and well (but not perfectly) finished, the purfling was gorgeous, and the finish was well done. Now for some nit picks (none of which would make me even consider returning the fiddle): -The overall color was much lighter than what I expected from the photos online; the Hoffman Concert that I am returning is actually a bit darker. - There were a few rough spots I noticed upon a closer inspection, specifically in the f-holes and a few very small spots on the finish.... not really anything anyone would notice without getting up close and personal with the instrument though -When I went to tune it up, I found that the tuning pegs were not the black and white ones in the pictures but were the standard black ones; this was a little disappointing as when matched with the white fret on the tailpiece, the fancy ones in the photo really tied the violin together I will update my review after I play it for a while.... I am just starting to experience life without 4 fine tuners!

$8,000.00

Andreas Haensel Primo Violin

REVIEWED ON: November 09, 2017

Great violin

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reviewed by: MELISSA DAHLENBURG

Very well made, tastefully antiqued with lovely tone and great resonance and playability. Accompanied by a beautiful certificate of provenance with photos in book form authored by the maker Andreas Haensel. A GREAT BUY!!

$695.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin Outfit - 3/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: October 21, 2017

Great Value!

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reviewed by: Parent, JESSICA BENEVENTO

I am not a musician, but I needed to buy a nicer instrument for my 9 year old who has been playing for 3 years. Her teacher is very impressed with the sound quality, especially at the price.

$1,450.00

Carlo Lamberti Classic Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: October 13, 2017

Fantastic Violin! Fantastic Price!

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reviewed by: Student, Anonymous

I love this violin! I am an amateur player who just wanted to upgrade the cheap instrument that I was playing on. I love the rich and brilliant tone that this instrument has. Took a little while for the instrument to settle in and really get resonant, but once it did it became a fantastic instrument. This instrument is perfect for students who are looking to step up their instrument without spending a fortune.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: October 07, 2017

nice set

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

We purchased 2 of these full outfits for our kids who are taking a beginner violin class, at the suggestion of the teacher. The violin and case and bow are quite nice. The shipping was very fast. My only complaint is that one of the strings broke the very first time the teacher tuned it. We were all surprised when that happened. The downside to broken strings are the very high price to replace. Hopefully no more strings break, especially just tuning the violin.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 1/2 Size

REVIEWED ON: September 30, 2017

Excellent

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reviewed by: Parent, DIANA EYNON

An excellent little instrument, nicely crafted (and adjusted), with a powerful sound. Came with a cute rosin cube, even a fancy "instruction" pamphlet. A great deal for the price!

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

REVIEWED ON: September 22, 2017

disappointed

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reviewed by: Parent, RACHAEL RITTER

After one week of use we need to send it in for repair. I am very disappointed in the quality.

$5,000.00

Atelier Inokuchi Violin

REVIEWED ON: September 22, 2017

Inokuchi -a fine choice for any violinst.

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reviewed by: JOSEPH VITALE

I recently spent an afternoon at Shar auditioning about fifteen different violins priced between $3,500 to $12,000. The clear winner was this $5,000 Atelier Inokuchi model. I love it. The tone is on the warmer side but it's certainly not slushy or mushy. In fact, it's very defined and articulated with a very even sound throughout the registers. It projects well and is very easy to play. Thank you Inokuchi. I can see (and hear) why this maker boasts some pretty famous players as his customers.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEV200T 44

Q. Do you know when you expect this violin to be back in stock?

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ASKED BY: JANET POKORNY

FROM: YELLVILLE, AR

ASKED ON: November 18, 2017

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

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$189.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HV120

Q. Is it possible to upgrade to different strings and bow?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: DELTA JUNCTION, AK

ASKED ON: November 17, 2017

A. To customize your order, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to help!

7 people found this review helpful.

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$1,000.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: OF480 44

Q. What kind of strings are on the Bianca?

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ASKED BY: CHAD CALDWELL

FROM: ELLICOTT CITY, MD

ASKED ON: November 16, 2017

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

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$369.00

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

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WHD 44

Q. Is it possible to upgrade rosin to obligato (pirastro)? And if yes, how much more would it cost? Thank you

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: DELTA JUNCTION, AK

ASKED ON: November 15, 2017

A. This outfit includes a SHAR Mini Rosin. A different rosin would need to be purchased separately. If you have any additional question, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks for your question!

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$2,050.00

Lamberti Master Series Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: LV20T 44

Q. how do I go about paying monthly for a violin?

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ASKED BY: THEODORE AYERS

FROM: CASTRO VALLEY, CA

ASKED ON: November 14, 2017

A. Hi Theodore! Please visit our Rentals section or contact us at 1-800-248-7427 and we would be happy to setup an order for you.

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$199.00

Franz Hoffmann® Danube Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HEV200

Q. Hello, Will either the Danube Violin - Instrument only or outfit be back in stock soon? I was hoping to buy one as a gift for Christmas. Thank you!

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ASKED BY: CATHERINE BROCK

FROM: TURNER, ME

ASKED ON: November 12, 2017

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

13 people found this review helpful.

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$339.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SVB

Q. It's my second time purchase violins for my son Doesn't it come with violin bag like cotton case?

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ASKED BY: PEARL LEE

FROM: FEDERAL WAY, WA

ASKED ON: October 30, 2017

A. Hi Pearl, thanks for your question. This item does not include a case or bow. We also offer this instrument as an outfit which includes a case, bow, and rosin. Please follow the link to view and feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions. Thanks!

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$3,479.00

Snow Simona Violin

ITEM NUMBER: SIM271

Q. Hello, I am wondering if you also carry the Snow Simona viola, in 16 inches? Thanks! Nick

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ASKED BY: NICHOLAS PAULY

FROM: BROOKLYN, NY

ASKED ON: October 29, 2017

A. Hi Nicholas! Unfortunately, we do not carry the Snow Simona Viola. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions.

44 people found this review helpful.

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$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: HV100T 44

Q. Does this violin come with a bow and case?

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ASKED BY: Ruth Lefkowitz

FROM: New York, NY

ASKED ON: October 28, 2017

A. Yes, this outfit includes the Franz Hoffmann Amadeus Violin, Schmidt Workshop Bow and Toshira Shaped Case. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

ITEM NUMBER: LV11

Q. What is the material used in Sonata Carlo Lamberti for tailpiece and finger board

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ASKED BY: ALEKSANDR CHERNYAK

FROM: SIDNEY, NY

ASKED ON: October 17, 2017

A. Hi Aleksandr, thanks for your question. The tailpiece is made of a composite material and has built-in fine tuners. The fingerboard, chinrest, and pegs are made of ebony. Please let us know if you have any other questions. We are happy to help!

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