If you are on this page chances are you are in the same spot we were, looking for a student violin and wondering about everything from violin sizes, to violin tunning, to violin accessories.
There are three ways to get an instrument for your violin student: 1. Buying; 2. Renting, or 3. Borrowing. On this site we will not discuss borrowing because if you are fortunate enough to have one to borrow, alot of this information will not be relevant to you. However, you may want to check out violin sizes in the sizing chart section of this site, violin accessories, and/or the violin fingering chart.
Before you get any violin, you need to know what violin sizes is approproate for your student. You can ask the teacher or the violin store should know by looking at the size of your student. You can also refer to violin sizes in the violin sizing chart section of this site.
If you are renting or are considering renting there is a definite benefit in renting locally if at all possible, although there are violin rentals available online. Honestly, the cost of renting long term will drive you insane. And the worst part of it is that even the larger violin stores have only a limited number of instruments they make available for renting. Most of them are well used violins and may be slightly damaged. When you get an instrument with even a hairline crack, there is definitely a loss of tone. But if there is nothing else to choose from in the store, you get what you get. Having said all this and although the cost of renting will drive you nuts, we highly recommend renting for the beginning student because you can’t be sure they will want to continue studying the violin.
To buy a new violin you can turn to a local music shop or choose an online buying experience. We recommend buying only after your student has completed at least one year of violin study and actually likes it! When you are looking to buy, make sure the store you purchase from has a trade-in program will allow you to move up to a larger size in the future at a minimal cost. Your student will be growing so consider the fact the their violin sizes will be changing if they stick with it. The store we deal with only charges $50 to move up to the next size if you have purchased the violin from them in the first place. It is also nice to build relationships with the people in the store so they will be able to help you with other violin accessories such as violin tuners, in the future.
Other violin accessories you may want to look into is a music stand (if you don’t have one), a violin shoulder rest) although to start you can use a wash cloth folded up and attached with a rubber band, a violin fingering chart to help the student remember the notes (it also helps the parents!)
To Sum it Up:
1. You can rent or buy
2. Make sure you are getting the proper size
3. Size of instrument has a lot to do with the tone, the larger the violin, the better the tone.
4. Look into any violin accessories you may need such as a violin shoulder rest or music stand.