Upgrade violin?


. said: Apr 24, 2010
 6 posts

i was wondering if or when i should upgrade my childs violin. she is currently using a student level violin, and is on book 4.

Diane said: Apr 24, 2010
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

Students respond to higher quality violins and it will enhance their learning and self expression. Also—a higher quality violin will be an investment. Here’s info. on making your violin purchase:


I’ll have bow shopping 101 posted in the next week or 2.

Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Jennifer Visick said: Apr 24, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
1069 posts

Your teacher is probably the best person to ask for advice about when you’re ready for an upgrade.

What size instrument is your child currently using? When you say “student-level”, that can cover a large range, from “excellent” on down through “decent” and extending down to “firewood”.

There are higher and lower quality fractional sized instruments, but unless you’re using a 7/8ths size (this is uncommon), it is unlikely (though not impossible) that you’ll find a decently priced “pro” quality sound out of of a fractional size instrument. However, you probably don’t need “pro” quality sound/playability/response (yet).

Do you have a price range in mind?

Unless you have a luthier, company, or store whom you know you would like to eventually get your full-size instrument from, and you are assured of trade-in value, I would hesitate to sink large amounts of money into a fractional-sized instrument.

Sometimes considering a higher quality BOW can make a huge difference, if you’re not getting the best possible sound out of the current instrument.

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