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Making a Great Sound

Making a Great Sound

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

National Rentals, SHAR Way

National Rentals, SHARWay

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

Trade Ins

Trade Ins

100% Trade-In Policy on SHAR instruments. There's never been a better time to "step-up" to your next violin.

$250.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin - Instrument Only

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

The BEST $250 Violin in the World. Guaranteed.

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

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

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

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

$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 have your student return it within 30 days for a full refund, including postage both ways. We will also send you a $25 gift certificate for your efforts.

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

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 1/2 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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

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

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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


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

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

$279.00

Franz Hoffmann® Etude Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

Our recommended "Step-Up" instrument for Beginners and Intermediate players who either have some playing experience or wish to start with an instrument that will allow for more rapid development of their skills.


A popular choice with parents and teachers willing to spend a bit more for a warmer sound. Made by hand in our Chinese partner workshop, finished with a spirit varnish to bring out even more of the sound, and set-up with Overture Ultra strings. This level of craftsmanship is not found on any other student violin in this price range. A solid spruce top, inlaid purfling, solid maple sides and neck, and ebony fittings all combine to make this an excellent student instrument. Available in 4/4 -1/2 sizes.

$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 3/4 size

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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

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

$309.00

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

Instrument: Violin
Level: Beginning

Play

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 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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$780.00

New York Philharmonic Apprentice Violin Outfit - 3/4 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

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 1/4 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.

$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

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.

$179.00

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Violin Outfit - 1/4 size

REVIEWED ON: January 22, 2018

Good violin, bad case

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

This was recommended by our violin teacher. Beautiful violin! So shiny and sounds good. The bow that came with it is decent. The case that came with it is horrible! The second day my daughter told me the leg fall off. We didn’t even take it out of the house. Not only did the legs on the case fall off, it is also cracked. So now I can’t put it back on and there are nails sticking out of the case. So I would say purchase a new case. For that I have to take a star off.

$369.00

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

REVIEWED ON: January 20, 2018

Good value

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reviewed by: David Flug

The instrument is set up well, but could use a little more difference in the height of the peripheral strings and the central strings. The tuning pegs work very well. The tone to my ear is a little harsh. The case is very sturdy . The section for music books is not big enough to hold a book. All in all a good value.

$550.00

Carlo Lamberti® Sonata Violin

REVIEWED ON: January 07, 2018

Inconsistent Quality

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reviewed by: SHANNON MCDONALD

I’ve purchased two of these. One 3/4 size used for my daughter, and a full size for myself when I decided to take lessons myself. My daughter’s violin was quite worn, but has a beautiful sound which impressed her teacher. We’ve been perfectly happy with her instrument. The new full size violin I bought for myself was terrible. At one point the bridge snapped in half, the sound was not good, and it was difficult to play. After six months our teacher recommended I upgrade. While this isn’t the most expensive violin it wasn’t cheap for a beginner model and I was disappointed at wasting $600.

$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 1/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: January 06, 2018

Danube violin

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reviewed by: Parent, Anonymous

It was a christmas present for my little girl. She was overjoyed when she opened the box and played Bach’s ‘Ode to Joy’ as a thank you to us, right then. This viloin has a rich, powerful and pleasant sound without any screeching (our rental violin was horrific). Great value for the amazing violin, highly recommend!

$1,450.00

Carlo Lamberti Classic Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

REVIEWED ON: December 26, 2017

A good sound, but issues

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reviewed by: ELIZABETH LASSITTER

My daughter loves the sound of this violin, but in less than a month the sound post and the bridge came off. I will be taking it to a local shop and having them fix it. This is the first time I have bought an instrument from Shar, and am not sure if I will in the future.

$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

REVIEWED ON: December 19, 2017

Customer service top notch

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reviewed by: Berry Rennie

I do not play but wanted to purchase as a gift. They were sold out of the one I wanted. Going through there website some how I found an offer free upgrade if not in stock. I called and the offer was expired 2 months ago. After sending them the info so they could verify that the offer was still on the website they honored it. All I can say is truly professional to honor an add that was 2 months old right before Christmas. If they will do that I'm sure any issue will be resolved with the customers best interest in mind. Sorry for not saying anything about the instrument but the customer service is worth doing business with.

$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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$219.00

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HV120T44

Q. I see that the Prelude violin has "enhanced arching". What exactly does that mean? And does this make it unsuitable for use with a heavy metal (or any) practice mute?

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ASKED BY: Curtis Frazier

FROM: Dallas, TX

ASKED ON: February 10, 2018

A. Hi Curtis! The enhanced arching is inside of the instrument and does not affect your choice of mutes - all mutes are all suitable with this violin. The arching serves to enhance the sound of the instrument and provide added durability. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427.

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$1,000.00

Otto Ernst Fischer® Bianca Violin 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: OF480 44

Q. What materials are the front, back, fingerboard, chin rest, and tailpiece made of?

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ASKED BY: Heidi Hall

FROM: Massillon, OH

ASKED ON: February 09, 2018

A. Hi Heidi! This violin is constructed of Maple (body) and Spruce (top). The pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece are made of ebony. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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$2,500.00

John Cheng® Limited Series Violin - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: JCG9544

Q. I own this violin and need to replace the strings. I cannot remember, however, the name of the strings that came on it at the time of purchase. Can you tell me please? Thank you!

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ASKED BY: KATHLEEN CORBIN

FROM: MCDONOUGH, GA

ASKED ON: February 08, 2018

A. Hi Kathleen, thanks for your question. The current setup for this instrument includes Evah Pirazzi strings. Please follow the link to view strings. Hope this helps!

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$239.00

Franz Hoffmann Danube Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: HEV200T 44

Q. When will this particular outfit be in stock again? Thanks in advance for your response.

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ASKED BY: Curtis Frazier

FROM: Dallas, TX

ASKED ON: February 03, 2018

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

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$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 4/4 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 44

Q. Is this violin matte/satin finished like the pictures or glossy like the 360 view?

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ASKED BY: Anonymous

FROM: MODESTO, CA

ASKED ON: January 29, 2018

A. When photographing our instruments, we configure the lighting to reduce glare, which can make some instruments look more matted than they really are. However, this instrument is more of a semi-gloss, which is accentuated by the bright whiteness of the light box used for the 360-degree photos. So, to answer your question, the current stock is somewhere in-between how these images appear.

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$299.00

Franz Hoffmann® Concert Violin Outfit - 1/8 size

ITEM NUMBER: SH500WH 18

Q. Hello, in the description it says it's the best 250$ violin but the price is $300. How can we get it for the $250 dollars? Cheers! -Christopher

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ASKED BY: Christopher Fishman-Weaver

FROM: Columbia, MO

ASKED ON: January 25, 2018

A. Hi Christoper, thanks for your question. The instrument only is available for that price. This item is an outfit and includes a case and bow for an extra cost. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427 if you have any additional questions.

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$2,800.00

Karl Joseph Schneider® Premier Violin - 4/4 Size

ITEM NUMBER: KJS7044

Q. I'm interested in buy this violin but I'll like to know my payment options. It is possible to have mothly payment like in rental sharway. Thanks

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ASKED BY: LILIANA BONET

FROM: SAN GERMAN, PR

ASKED ON: January 23, 2018

A. Hi Liliana! Unfortunately, we do not offer a payment plan for this instrument. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-248-7427.

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$269.00

Franz Hoffmann® Vienna Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: HEV300

Q. Got the violin but h box did not have any bow. Does the violin come with a case? Please let me know. I was hoping it would come with a bow!!

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ASKED BY: SAPNA NEGINHAL

FROM: HUNTINGTON, WV

ASKED ON: January 21, 2018

A. Hi Sapna! This product listing is for the instrument only. We do offer this violin as an outfit, which includes a case and bow. We would be happy to help find the right bow for you, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427 and we can setup an order. Thanks!

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$339.00

Franz Hoffmann® Maestro Violin - Instrument Only

ITEM NUMBER: SVB

Q. Is the Franz Hoffmann Maestro violin still out of stock in 1/4 size? If so, do you have any idea when you might be getting them again? I need to spend my budget! Thanks! Rozanne Spires Milam Fine Arts Magnet Ector County ISD Odessa

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ASKED BY: ROZANNE SPIRES

FROM: ODESSA, TX

ASKED ON: January 19, 2018

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

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