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When to upgrade to a better instrument is a complicated question. Often, when the student begins lessons with his or her first private teacher, it is time to step up. Others choose instruments from this level for a beginning player. One thing is for sure- In the lower price ranges, a little extra investment goes a long way to improve the playability and quality of tone over an entry level product. Pick a price point that is comfortable for you, and consider upgrading in a year or two. Our trade-in policy gives you the flexibility to upgrade the instrument freely, without losing value on your initial investment.

Many of our customers will choose the Viola only, and then consider bow and case separately. In choosing a bow we recommend a budget of 15%-30% compared to the cost of the instrument.

We stock a large selection, but the best way to shop is to contact us by email and let us know a little about which models seem appealing to you in terms of the size, price range, tone, and appearance. We can use your preferences to make a specific recommendation of instrument our outfit which is in stock. We also offer a 10 day in-home trial. So, please do not hesistate to contact us. There are no stupid questions. We love email. Thanks in advance for contacting us.

What is the most important aspect of a
step-up instrument? The simple answer is "modulation", or, if you are keen on musical acoustics jargon, "waveform modulation". Intermediate level instruments offer better tone, but more specifically, wider tonal possibilities. A player with some skill needs an instrument that will respond to the subtle techniques being developed, such as vibrato, advancing bow strokes and dynamics. Student violins are like an automatic transmission. No matter what you do, you get a Violin-like sound, but at the cost of variety of tones. Intermediate instruments are like a manual transmission, which produce those tonal varieties for the advancing player on demand.

Segue is our private line of instruments from China. We source these from numerous workshops and are constantly looking for better values to offer you. European Workshops is our private line of European made products.

An Outfit includes a Bow and Case, or you can purchase the instrument only. With the standard setup, a shaped model case with fabric cover and basic quality Brazilwood or Fiberglass bow are included (your choice). With the DeLuxe setup, an oblong case and upgraded bow are included. Shaped model case examples are the Pro Tec Max, Concord Academy Dart, HC Economy Dart, SKB, Bobelock Shaped, or other, similar cases are used in the Standard Outfit. Oblong cases such as Pro Tec ProPac, Bobelock 1005, HC Oblong, and others are used in the DeLuxe outfit.

Samuel Eastman Giocoso Antique are selected to be a step up from our Concertino Line. The two models are identical in terms of the quality of materials and workmanship. The improvements are in the tuning of the instrument through better thicknesses of its parts. The Antique model has the appearance of being an older instrument. Outfits include a case and basic quality Brazilwood Bow. A better quality bow may be appropriate for this instrument. If you intend to budget more than $100 toward the bow in an outfit, we suggest you order the instrument only here, and shop on our bows page for your better quality choice. You will need to visit our cases department as well to complete an outfit.

Samuel Eastman Giocoso Antique
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15", 14"
$1,199.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15", 14"
$1,239.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15", 14"
$1,389.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15", 14"
$1,579.00

European Workshops-Romania Superior Model is a deluxe quality instrument that offers sophisticated appearance, and a high degree of component materials. The tone is even in all registers, and the instrument is overall very responsive to a student who's technique is becoming more sensitive and musical.

European Workshops-Romania
Superior Model
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,509.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,609.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,829.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,909.00

European Workshops-Bulgaria Honors Model has big appeal for a low price. Bulgaria has a historical tradition of quality craftsmanship and artistic flair. This model is our entry level instrument from Bulgaria.

European Workshops-Bulgaria Honors Model
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,209.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,299.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,379.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,569.00

Xueping Hu has a modest sized workshop, by Chinese standards. They have chosen to focus on refined consistency of intermediate level instruments, than volume. Model 200 is the entry level, most value oriented model from this workshop. This model features a beautiful soft antiqued finish, easy tone generation, and affordable price.

Xueping Hu Workshop
Model 200
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$1380.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$1455.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$1730.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$1930.00

 

Johannes Kohr K500 is a popular, value oriented chinese made student instrument. This model is sold in local areas under numerous private label brand names. We make them available for those who have come to know their dependable quality and value.


Violin Model Shown

Johannes Kohr K500
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$748.36
14, 13, 12 $600.88
 
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$813.91
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$945.01
14, 13, 12 $737.44
 
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$1,076.11
 

August Kohr 910. Choice tonewoods, beautiful medium satin, medium reddish-brown to golden-brown finish. The Violin model 602 is the counterpart to the 910 Viola. This is the model that was recommended highly in Strings Magazine.


Violin Model Shown

August Kohr 910
Instrument Only
Select Size:
17, 16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$1,990.00

August Kohr 550. Better flamed maple compared to the 525. Lovely satin texture to the finish. Easy response in all registers due to a little extra adjustments in the graduations. Very tastefully antiqued.


Violin Model Shown

August Kohr K550
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
1,100.00
14, 13, 12 $975.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$1,175.00
14, 13, 12 $1,025.00

August Kohr K515. Lightly antiqued, more-heavily shaded than the 512. Similar wood selection and varnish process.


Violin Model Shown

Johannes Kohr K515
Instrument Only-Standard Setup

Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15

$725.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16-1/2, 16, 15-1/2, 15
$800.00

Segue Concertino Plus is slightly improved version of the standard Concertino. Materials used are upgraded as compared to the Concertino. Better flame, and greater attention to finish detail are noticable improvements.


Violin Model Shown

Segue Concertino Plus
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$839.00
14", 13" $739.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$899.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$949.00
14", 13" $879.00
Oufit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,139.00

 

European Workshops-Germany Albert Nebel are our least expensive fully German made instruments. Many other so-called German instruments are on the market for lower prices, but are not completely made in the country.


Violin Model Shown

European Workshops-Germany
Albert Nebel
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
16.5", 16", 15.5", 15"
$1,750.00

 

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