Renting a violin can be a great way to enter the world of music making.
young students outgrow their violins quickly, renting makes sense. And
there are many options on the internet for renting.
• Own the instrument in just 12 months - not 20, 24 or even 36 months like other plans.
• Pay NO INTEREST on the plan - other companies impose hefty finance charges.
• All instruments are substantially discounted - you'l never pay FULL PRICE like other plans.
• All instruments are NEW - you won't get some old, used instrument that others send out.
• Quality, brand names ONLY - no off-brand, cheap imports that many others rent/sell.
• If your child quits playng, you can stop the plan - no long term obligation like most others.
• Great customer service from musicians who care and take pride in their work!
have researched and used many different brands of violins in our
school music programs. We have learned the hard way that some "brands" will
never play properly - and in fact - many repairmen won't even touch
them because parts are not available or construction is so poor to
begin with that no repairs are possible.
If you find a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is.
And just because the violin is for a beginning student doesn't mean
they can learn on an inferior instrument with a fuzzy tone, squeeky strings,
cheap bow and breaking parts.
a middle ground between an expensive professional model and an affordable,
QUALTIY, student violin is why we recommend Eastman Strings.
Strings is a company that produces some of the best quality stringed
instruments in the industry. All materials are of excellent quality in
grade and preparation. The instruments themselves are all individually
made and carved by hand.
You can rent Eastman strings at a substantial discount online at:
to Help You Choose a Quality, Value-Priced Violin
The most important things involved with determining the value of a
violin in this range are materials and method of construction. Neither
of these things are that apparent when looking at an instrument. The
maple and spruce used to make the instrument should be aged and air-dried.
The carving should be done by hand and not machines.
A lot of beginning student violins will claim this to be true
when in fact the wood is "green" or dried by a kiln and then
pressed with moisture and heat to create the arching.There are many different
brands and labels found inside stringed instruments that are being offered
out there and it is not always worth the risk just to save a little money.
Most often the descriptions for these instruments include everything
that people are taught to look for.
"Solid spruce top, solid maple back, sides and neck… Ebony
fingerboard, ebony pegs, inlaid purfling, Brazilwood bow with genuine horsehair…" We
have all heard it over and over again but unfortunately this is not always
the case and even sometimes when it is technically true, you can still
end up with an inferior instrument that will require replacement very quickly…or
a lifetime of maintenance and repair.
The set-up is VERY important when considering a student level
instrument. A poorly set-up instrument can actual inhibit the student
from learning technique and ultimately turn them off of the instrument
and music altogether. Often times instruments will claim to come with
a “shop adjustment” when in actuality they arrive with a
set of cheap Chinese steel strings stretched over a very cheap maple
bridge that can be snapped in your fingers.
The strings may also be so high that it physically hurts to play. Stringed
instruments should come set-up by a reputable professional using a good
quality maple bridge (like Bausch, Despiau, Aubert), a respected
brand of strings (like Prelude, Dominant, Helicore) and a good
quality tailpiece with four fine tuners (like Wittner). The nut
and bridge should be cut to a sufficient height so the strings are not
too high and can easily be played. The soundpost should be adjusted for
Many discount outfits will advertise a “Brazilwood bow with genuine
horsehair”. All hair used on stringed instrument bows is genuine
horsehair. Synthetic hair is no longer used or manufactured by anyone.
Brazilwood bows at this level are usually warped and very weak, often
breaking at the tip. You should look for a good quality fiberglass
or carbon fiber bow to accompany your student stringed instrument (like
K. Holtz or Glasser). When the player becomes more advanced you might
want to start looking for a better quality Pernambuco wood bow that
actually compliments your instrument.
It is always better to go with
an instrument brand that has a good reputation. Even if it is not
the cheapest, you will end up paying a lot less in maintenance, repairs