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Umadevi Ramesh
Hi, everyone!

I am totally new here, in fact, I haven't even bought a violin yet. The reason why I do not have a violin is that I don't  know which violin is best for a beginner. Many sources suggested that the Stentor II is the best. However, It would be great if I got to hear your opinions as well.

Umadevi Ramesh
7 Responses
Posted: July 6, 2017
Last Comment: July 15, 2017

Umadevi Ramesh
Posted: July 15, 2017
Thank You!
Thank you all for responding to my question. I read each response and ended up buying a decent violin. I cannot wait to learn!Thank you once again!

Kenneth Ozimek
Posted: July 10, 2017
Purchasing a violin
 I think the set up is crucial even if the violin isn't that good. it should be easily playable and allow you to  develop a good playing habits. The mechanics of playing correctly is so important.  If you decide to buy a less expensive violin,  the skills that you have trained yourself in will transfer to a better instruments  but if you develop bad habits it can take years to overcome.  A large part of my teaching income comes from fixing problems due to students not being trained properly from the beginning.  Seek the help of a skilled player if possible and don't trust your eyes. your ears are a much better tool to assess the suitability of a violin  with the exception of proper string height and proper shipping of the fingerboard etc.  I have purchased approximately 50 violins in my life and the very best ones are some of the ugliest ones.  If you do purchase something online be sure you have the option to return it   I hope some of this will help you. welcome to violin lab you have some fantastic resources here and Beth is a world-class teacher in my opinion. 

Stephen, Los Osos, CA
Posted: July 9, 2017
Rent before you buy
Hi Umadevi,

If you are just beginning the violin for the first time, I suggest
that you rent a good student violin first.  You can rent by the month
and it is not expensive.  When you decide that violin playing will be a life long
endeavor, then you can purchase one that suits your needs.

Diane in SOCAL
Posted: July 7, 2017
Here are some suggestions in what to look for in a good student instrument.
Hi Umadevi….hello and welcome to Violin Lab…this is the best place for beginners as you will have support in the way of Beth and others and this site is full of great information to help you learn. Be sure and check out the ReSources tab at the right, top of the screen here.
My husband and I own a violin shop here in Southern California, USA.  Here is a good pick for a nice student instrument made in China.  You can find them on Ebay and other online sources.  The Cremona SV-800 model  is a better instrument that we recommend if you can only afford around $500-$600 US dollars.  When buying an instrument here is what you want to look for: Ebony fingerboard, 4 pegs, nut and endpin. Ebony is a very hard wood and will last…Most cheap violins are put together with black painted soft woods for the above…they will not work and fail.  Look for a violin in a nice finish…not necessarily one with a very bright shiny finish either…this finish is a thick polyurethane and will act like a mute…deadens the sound.  The action of the strings should be comfortable to push down and not too high so you have to push hard and hurt your finger tips.  A tailpiece with fine tuners (the tailpiece is at the end of the string length and the fine turners will help you adjust the pitches of the open strings.  These Cremona out fits come with a bow, a case and usually rosin for the bow. Do not buy anything lower than the 800 series…as these tend to not be of the better quality.  As Mohammed suggested..buying the best violin you can afford will help you to succeed as a violin player and beginner.  It is very hard to learn on a instrument that is not set up to standard, by that I mean…has the best materials, good strings, a good bow that is straight and the violin has a good fitted bridge and sound post set in the proper way.  Going to a good violin shop in your city and trying out instruments and asking lots of questions will give you some idea of what is available in your price range. It does not have to be an expensive one either to get started on…but it must be set up by a luthier to be able to play comfortable.  Buy a small, clip-on digital tuner to tuner the instrument (a Korg, Dolcetto-V is one that I recommend) and a good fitting shoulder rest that will help to secure the instrument on your shoulder.  I hope this helps and will provide you some information. Ask lots of questions here…Beth and the rest will certainly help you.  Good luck and we hope to see you here on Violin Lab. posting some video's and questions…: >)

Stay tuned. Diane in SoCal

Mohammed Hajjar
Posted: July 6, 2017
I'd suggest you go for a good quality violin, depending on your budget and not a cheap one.  You will outgrow it fast.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 6, 2017
Hi Umavedi, if you're anywhere near a local violin shop you should definitely go in and establish a rapport with the staff. Most shops have professional or skilled players who can play instruments for you. If this is possible for you, it is far preferable than buying anything online. What city do you live in? I'd be happy to check and see what shops are best nearest to where you live.

Elke Meier
Posted: July 6, 2017
When I first started I rented a violin through a luthier since I did not know whether I would even like it as much as I thought I would. This was a good option since I got to start on a good student instrument. Certainly of a better quality than I would have bought if I had to spend all that money on my own instrument. The rental would then have counted against the total price if I had bought the violin in the end.