Choosing a Violin
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
WHAT TO AVOID
Ebony pegs / fittings
Painted, stained or "ebonized" fittings
Correctly planed ebony fingerboards
Painted or ebonized fingerboards or Ebony fingerboards with warps, bumps, or irregularities
Well cured / aged woods (3+ years)
Green / untreated Tonewoods
Properly fit bridges from quality Hard Rock Maple
Unfit bridge blanks or poorly fit bridges made from soft woods
Quality strings (Dominant, Pirastro, Jargar, Primm, or D'Addario)
Thin wire or steel strings
Genuine Wittner tailpiece
Immitation "knock-off" tailpieces made from pot metal or plastic
Bows with genuine Horsehair
Bows with synthetic / nylon hair
Fiberglass, carbon fiber, Brazilwood or Pernambuco bows
Cherrywood, Willow, or plastic bows
Instrument setup to meet or exceed MENC standards
Improper or unknown setup specifications
What we recommend
Most Recommended Brands: Kirschnek, Nagoya Suzuki, Masakichi Suzuki, Anton Richter, Andare, Eastman, Glaesel, Schroetter, Heinrich Gill, and Roth. These instruments are consistent in quality and hold up well in our dry Utah climate.
Other Recommended Brands: Knilling, Schuster, Lewis, Seidel, and Meisel. Some of these companies offer instruments made in a variety of locations. For the best quality and reliability, those made in Germany are recommended.
Rent or Buy?
The question of renting or buying is a common one for most aspiring musicians and parents of aspiring musicians. Part of the answer lies in the commitment level of the individual.
Renting is a convenient way to use an instrument on a trial basis without the commitment of ownership. Most rental contracts are written as “rent-to-own” contracts, giving the renter the flexibility of renting and returning, or continuing payments until purchased.
Buying an instrument has definite advantages as well. Ownership of an instrument creates ownership in developing a talent, and provides further incentive to work hard and be successful.
Through Summerhays Music Center’s accommodating trade-up program, string instruments can generally be traded in for full value or near full value toward the purchase of larger or upgraded instruments. This program allows for growth in an instrument that complements the growth and development of the student.
Violin Sizing Instructions
Sizing your child for the correct size violin is very important. The right sized violin will make learning to play easier, more comfortable, and therefore more enjoyable! Many times your music teacher will reccommend a size for your student. If not, please follow these instructions on how to size your child for the right sized instrument.
1. If your music teacher has already made a violin size reccommendation, it's always best to go with the teachers advice first.
2. Extend the child's left arm straight out, parallel to the floor, palm facing up.
3. Using a yardstick, measure the distance from the base of the child's neck, to the center of the palm.
4. Note the distance in inches, and refer to the following chart to find the correct size.
5. If you have any questions or would like to be sized by our String Professionals, please call us at 801-226-1760 or visit our store at 1006 S. State St. in Orem.