Choosing a Violin



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. 


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