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Franz Hoffmann Koe Violin Outfit 4/4 Size

Franz Hoffmann Koe Violin Outfit 4/4 Size | SN220T 44
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SHAR Price: $450

Item# SN220T 44

Availability: In Stock

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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Body Material: Maple
Top Material: Spruce
Fingerboard: Ebony
Finish: Oil Varnish
Pegs: Ebony
Strings: Pirastro Tonica Strings

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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 to our Ann Arbor workshop to receive final adjustments assuring easy playability and polished looks.

The Amadeus violin outfit has everything the beginning musician needs to start off on the right foot! There's no need to settle for a poorly made, hard-to-play "VSO", "violin shaped object", when you can get Franz Hoffmann quality at such a great price.

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Customer Questions

Question by:

  • Elizabeth Hepburn
  • Brooklyn, NY

Asked On: 04/11/2017

Does this violin comes with Inlaid purfling? Also, is a good Violin for an intermediate player. The violin I was interested in is presently out of stock.

SHAR Answer:

Thank you for your questions, Elizabeth! SHAR only sells instruments with true inlaid purfling, this one included. The Koe is an excellent beginner violin, and while it would likely suffice for early-intermediate players, we recommend our "intermediate-level" instruments for players who are getting comfortable with more advanced techniques like higher positions, articulated bow strokes like spiccato, vibrato, etc..

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  • Sanjay Srikonda
  • Brooklyn, NY

Asked On: 03/03/2017

Do your instruments come completely set up and ready to play or is it assembly required as in the bridge and strings are not attached?

SHAR Answer:

Hi Sanjay, Our instruments come fully setup and ready to play!

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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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Asked On: 06/21/2016

What size violin is for children?

SHAR Answer:

Children typically use smaller string instruments than adults. Violins are made in fractional sizes for young students. Apart from full-size (4/4) violins, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16, 1/32 and even 1/64-sized instruments exist. These fractional sizes are not intended to be literal descriptions of relative proportions (ie: a 3/4-sized violin is not three-quarters the length of a full size violin). Occasionally, an adult with a small frame may use a so-called 7/8 size violin instead of a full-size instrument. Sometimes called a lady's violin, these instruments are slightly shorter than a full size violin, but tend to be high-quality instruments capable of producing a sound that is comparable to that of fine full size violins. The 7/8 size would, in general, be compatible with most of the products and accessories of a full size instrument (ie: a player with 7/8 size could use full sized shoulder rests or strings). The choice of violin size depends on the age and physical condition of the child, as well as the opinion and preference of the violin teacher. (It’s always a good idea to ask your private teacher, if you have one, for their advice and guidance when choosing an instrument or a size.) The only problem is if the child grows rapidly, the smaller violins may no longer be played. That’s one of the reasons why we offer the SHAR WAY, a rental program that allows parents to build equity, while your child plays different fractional sized instruments, with the option to put it towards a purchase of an instrument later on.

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