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Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only

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Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Violin - Instrument Only | HV120
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About This Item

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.

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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.



Body Material: Maple
Top Material: Spruce
Fingerboard: Ebony
Finish: Nitro Varnish
Pegs: Ebony
Material: Overture Premium Strings

Warranty Info

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with SHAR's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

About This Brand

Franz Hoffmann®
You can hear the difference!

Beginnings are critical. That is why we are committed to offering the best student instruments to beginning players. We believe this commitment is why Hoffmann instruments have become so popular with teachers, schools, parents, and beginning students of all ages.

We designed Franz Hoffmann instruments to give you the absolute best student violins, violas, cellos, and basses available on the market today. The consistent quality in materials, construction, playability, tone, and visual appeal make them a great value for every beginning string student.

Working closely with workshops, we have carefully designed and crafted each Franz Hoffmann instrument to ensure our specifications are met. These instruments are then sent to our Ann Arbor workshop to receive final adjustments assuring easy playability and polished looks.

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Asked On: 07/15/2018

Could you please send the measurements of the 1/16th size violin? My daughter's teacher is very particular about the body size of the instrument. Thank you!

SHAR Answer:

Hello Andrew! The measurements from instrument to instrument can vary slightly since these instruments are hand made, and the smaller size means there is a smaller margin for variation. These are the average measurements for our Franz Hoffmann Prelude 1/16 violin. I hope this helps!

Body Length: 21.27 cm
Full Length: 36.68 cm
Lower Bout: 12.22 cm
Upper Bout: 10.01 cm

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Question by:

  • Lore Miller
  • Portland, OR

Asked On: 12/02/2017

Hello, when will either the 1/2 or 3/4 size be in stock? Thank you.

SHAR Answer:

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

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Question by:

  • Anonymous

Asked On: 11/17/2017

Is it possible to upgrade to different strings and bow?

SHAR Answer:

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

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Question by:

  • Anonymous
  • Panorama City, CA

Asked On: 01/05/2017

How long is the wood dried?

SHAR Answer:

This instruments's drying time is within the range of 3-5 years and can vary depending on the wood. Thanks for your question!

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