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Student violins: a few answers to frequently asked questions

Advice on the purchase of a student violin: definition of the student violin size, answers to frequently asked questions about old or a new instruments


When you play first violin in an orchestra, you need an especially good instrument, a fact which no one in the ensemble would dispute. The "first violin" in the life of a budding musician, however, is often something else entirely. Many parents looking for the right instrument size for their children's beginning music lessons are confronted with a dilemma: on the one hand, the family budget is limited, and no one knows in advance whether the youngster in question will turn into the next Paganini or if the violin-lesson project will die of natural causes within a few months. On the other hand, it is equally true that having the wrong student violin will prevent playing from being fun, and without that enjoyment, the child's musical education will invariably get off on the wrong foot. Ultimately only few parents are knowledgeable experts who can assess the correct violin size, the value and musical qualities of a student violin with confidence. So how does one go about finding the right instrument? Here you will find a few answers to common questions about "first violins".


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What size should a student violin be?

Proceed to Corilon violins online guide on how to determine the proper student violin size


Older violins, newer violins: which are better?

Given the wide range of brand-new factory-made student violins available, many people do not even ask themselves the latter question, even though the world of historic stringed instruments offers many appealing opportunities, especially for aspiring young musicians. For centuries, children have been taking violin lessons, and violin makers throughout the generations have created instruments that are the right size for younger players. Smaller historic violins often share a particular richness in sound which only such older instruments can develop. And even school children – whom you should never underestimate! – appreciate knowing and feeling and hearing that their student violin dates back to their great-grandmother's time. This sense of fascination can motivate younger students and encourage them to develop a relationship to their instrument, to keep picking it up and playing it. And that relationship can help bridge the thornier periods in which things don't sound quite the way they should or the student has to slog through a series of monotonous exercises and scales.

This of course is not to say that there are no good new student violins for beginners; the point is simply that in shops you will come across newer pieces automatically, while historic student violins are still quite the inside tip. Corilon violins has successfully specialized in offering quality smaller-sized instruments which we present in a separate category in our online catalogue. Like all our instruments, they have been set up by our luthier and are ready to play – which is something that cannot always be said of many cheaper new violins and often involves further costs. By contrast, our student violins allow your child to begin lessons right away.


What makes more sense: buying a violin or leasing a violin?

A good historic student violin can be found for around € 950 or less at Corilon violins and generally rank among the most affordable old stringed instruments available, even though it is just as costly to produce them as it is to make normal-sized instruments. Another interesting option is our trade guarantee with which we can accompany young virtuosi in their musical development. If you are looking for a more affordable approach, local violin makers or music schools often have rental options for factory sets and other beginner violins. Instrument leasing of finer master violins and Italian violins over € 10,000 is available upon request at Corilon violins.

The "Violins" section features our attractive online selection of good sounding and affordable affordable violins for sale: Old French violins and German violins, with audio sound samples.

student violin by Karl Höfner Student violin from Saxony, after Guarnerius

Information and further violin-related reading:

Definition of the violin wolf tone: Taming the wolf in a stringed instrument

The violin: practical tips on care and maintenance

Finding a student violin in the proper size

How to select a violin, provenance, value and violin appraisal

The violin bow: practical tips on care and maintenance

Selling your violin to Corilon violins

The history of the violin bow

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Lovely old French violin by Laberte, Mirecourt
  • SALE Antique violin. Saxony, c.1890
  • Fine 19th century violin, probably Vienna
  • Contemporary Italian viola, Guido Trotta, Cremona 1993
  • Luigi Vistoli, Italian violin made in 1943 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine quality Czech master violin by Ladislav Prokop, 1941
  • SALE Contemporary Italian master violin by Nicola Vendrame, Venice
  • Fine antique Mittenwald violin, approx. 1880
  • Antique French violin. Made in approximately 1880
  • Interesting English violin no. 47 by Jeffery James Gilbert, 1886
  • Powerful Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1940. Stradivarius model
  • SALE Fine Baroque violin in original condition - circa 1800
  • SALE Violin by J.T.L., approx. 1900
  • Fine French soloist violin by Joseph Laurent Mast, 1823
  • Interesting, probably English violin. Circa 1800
  • SALE Fine Italian violin by Liuteria Luigi Mozzani, 1921, No. 47
  • SALE Modern Italian violin by Loris Lanini, 1927 (certificate by Machold)
  • SALE Master violin by Wenzl Fuchs, Erlangen
  • Fine violin by Joseph Kantuscher. Mittenwald, 1973 op. 308
  • French violin bow by Charles Alfred Bazin (certificate by J.-F. Raffin)
  • Fine Italian viola, Mario Bedocchi, 1922 (certificate by Eric Blot)
  • Italian violin, Romedio Muncher, Cremona 1929
  • Georges Coné: Fine French violin no. 73. Lyon, 1937
  • Excellent English viola by John Mather, 1992