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Franz Hoffmann® Koe Violin - Instrument Only

Franz Hoffmann® Koe Violin - Instrument Only | SN220
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About This Item

Franz Hoffmann Koe Violin

As any dedicated violin teacher knows, a young beginner is in a particularly vulnerable situation: She requires a violin that is small enough to play, yet has a voice large enough to accommodate proper learning. Very often, this is the critical point at which a budding violinist will either be motivated or discouraged.

The Franz Hoffmann Koe ("voice", in Japanese) is designed by a master teacher to help, not hinder, the small player. With its genesis in the 1/8, 1/10, and 1/16 sizes, the Koe is designed with up to 15% more internal volume than the usual fractional violins, releasing much more sound, not crushing under bow weight. Neck proportions and feel are traditional to facilitate small hand movement. Professionally set up with an Aubert bridge, a Wittner German tailpiece, and premium strings, the Franz Hoffmann Koe has a masterful fit and finish, including pegs designed to help inexperienced fingers develop tuning skills. Available in 4/4 to 1/16 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. Find the outfit here.



Body Material: Maple
Top Material: Spruce
Fingerboard: Ebony
Finish: Oil Varnish
Pegs: Ebony
Strings: Pirastro Tonica 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: 09/19/2018

Just purchased one of your clearance, Koe Violins 1/8th size. Love the sound! The current 1/8th size case we have is too small for the Koe which has a little wider body. Which of your cases fit the Koe 1/8th violin? Thanks, Eirik

SHAR Answer:

Hello Eirik! We have never received feedback about the cases we carry being to small for the Koe, so any case on our site should work for you. Our Toshira Deluxe is the case that comes with the Franz Hoffmann Koe outfit, so that would be our best recommendation for a student case. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Asked On: 08/02/2016

Oh, no! I broke a string! What should I do? Will this damage my instrument?

SHAR Answer:

No worries, it’s okay! This definitely happens now and then and it’s nothing to be too worried about. Unless all four strings broke at the same time (highly unlikely) and the bridge completely collapsed, it’s unlikely that there is any damage at all to your instrument. If it’s just simply one string that broke, then you’ll just need to purchase a new one and install it.

Unfortunately, broken strings cannot be repaired. They need to be replaced if they are broken. You can usually find them at a local violin shop. You can buy an individual string (only the A string, for example), if that's the one that's broken, or we also sell strings in a set of all four strings (E, A, D & G for violin and A,D,G & C for viola and cello). We sell a wide variety of brands of strings here at Shar--you can order them here online or over the phone. Our customer care representatives can help you place an order for new strings at 800.248.7427.

It's fairly uncommon for strings to just randomly snap. This is more likely to happen if the strings are older, worn out, or not in good condition. That’s why it’s a good idea to replace your strings periodically (their longevity will depend on how much you play) and keep your strings/instrument in proper condition. It’s also a good idea to purchase and keep an extra set of strings handy in your case, just in case a string breaks right before a lesson or performance and you need to replace it.

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