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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 violin 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 1002, 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:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$999.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$1,049.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$1,149.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,299.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,269.00

 

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:
4/4
$1,249.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,125.00
1/4, 1/8 $985.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,295.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,175.00
1/4, 1/8 $1,049.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,425.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,279.00
1/4, 1/8 $1,149.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,595.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,449.00
1/4, 1/8 $1,299.00

 

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:
4/4
$999.00
3/4, 1/2 $999.00
1/4, 1/8 $999.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,059.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,059.00
1/4, 1/8 $1,059.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,179.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,179.00
1/4, 1/8 $1,179.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,329.00
3/4, 1/2 $1,329.00
1/4, 1/8 $1,329.00

 

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:
4/4, 3/4
$1050.00
1/2 $1050.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$1125.00
1/2 $1125.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$1420.00
1/2 $1420.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$1495.00
1/2 $1495.00

Core Conservatory Model C10 Tastefully antiqued, with European Spruce top.

Core Conservatory Model C10
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2
$800.00

 

Core Symphony Model SM10 This instrument features a well-seasoned one-piece maple back aged at least 7 years! Combined with experienced craftsmanship, the resulting tonal qualities are well-balanced, with both clarity and warmth, refinement and power.

Core Symphony Model SM10
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,400.00

 

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.

Segue Concertino Plus
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2
$619.00
1/4, 1/8, 1/10 $529.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2
$659.00
1/4 $599.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2
$729.00
1/4, 1/8, 1/10 $659.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2
$869.00
1/4 $789.00

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.

Johannes Kohr K500
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16
$546.25
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$584.49
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16
$682.81
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$737.44

Segue Suceed is our private label, step-up model. These vary in appearance, tone and response. As with any instrument we offer, we can adjust the various aspects of an instrument to meet your preferences using different strings and other adjustments.

Segue Succeed
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
4/4, 7/8 $569.00
3/4 $499.00
1/2, 1/4 $439.00
1/8, 1/10, 1/16, 1/32 $399.00
 
Outfit-Standard Setup
4/4, 7/8 $659.00
3/4 $589.00
1/2, 1/4 $529.00
1/8, 1/10, 1/16, 1/32 $499.00

Core Soloist Model S010 Powerful projection capable of full dynamic expression with a rich, complex tonal palette suitable for discerning musicians. Sophisticated, subtle "antiqued" varnish highlights the artistic workmanship.

Core Soloist Model S010
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$2,200.00

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.

August Kohr K550
Instrument Only-Standard Setup

Select Size
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4

$810.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$850.00

 

Core Dragon Model DR10. A fine example of modern Chinese violinmaking. Affordable yet capable, this violin possesses all the qualities needed to make a fine performance-level instrument: medium to medium-dark tone, fast response, and a clear, even voice throughout. The varnish is mildly antiqued medium brown to mild red-brown of medium luster.

Core Dragon DR10
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$1,100.00

 

August Kohr 602 Choice tonewoods, beautiful medium satin, medium reddish-brown to golden-brown finish. This is the violin that was recommended highly in Strings Magazine.

August Kohr 602
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2

$1600.00

Core Dragon Model DR20. A very nice combination of sweetness and power; responsive at all dynamic levels – a great value in performance level violins. The varnish is mildly antiqued amber of medium luster.

Core Dragon DR20
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$1,300.00

 

Core Dragon Model DR30. Possesses a very sweet, dark tone, while still being quite capable in the upper dynamic range. The varnish is mildly antiqued warm amber of medium luster.

Core Dragon DR30
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$1,500.00

 

Johannes Kohr K510. Medium red-brown to warm amber color-shaded spirit varnish on raised-grain spruce and slightly curled maple. The dimensions and finishing work of this violin consistently yield an unrestricted medium-warm tone.

Johannes Kohr K510
Instrument Only with DeLuxe Setup

Select Size
4/4, 3/4, 1/2

$725.00

 

Johannes Kohr K515. Excellent color shading; red-brown to amber over a gold base. This instrument has an extremely clear voice; big sound potential throughout, yet with a uniquely rich tone quality that remains, even through the E string. An excellent intermediate instrument!

Johannes Kohr K515
Instrument Only with DeLuxe Setup

Select Size
4/4, 3/4, 1/2

$750.00

 

Eastman Apassionato Antique. Also known as model 405.

Eastman Apassionato Antique
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$1299.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4
$1319.00

Johannes Kohr K512. Not antiqued, but with very light shading. Easy response with well balanced tone color.

Johannes Kohr K512
Instrument Only-Standard Setup

Select Size
4/4

$535.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
$575.00

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

Johannes Kohr K515
Instrument Only-Standard Setup

Select Size
4/4
, 3/4, 1/2

$565.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4
, 3/4, 1/2
$595.00

European Workshops-Romania Prelude Model is our "Step Up" choice from Europe. The Prelude model offers a better selection of material and some upgraded had finishing. The varnish is a more delicate, improved type as found on the Etude model. Overall, playability and tone are similar to Etude. The improvements are mainly aesthetic.

European Workshops-Romania
Prelude Model
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$579.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$639.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$739.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$939.00

Segue Difinitive. Our private label, step-up model featuring attractive selection of maple and spruce and a rich varnishes of all styles and colors. Tonally, these are easy to respond with a warm tone balance.

Segue Difinitive
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$619.00

 

Segue Difinitive Plus is the same model as Difinitive, but with an improved selection of woods and also an upgraded varnish process. The tone is more complex, and should appeal to a player with some ability to draw out different sounds in an instrument. Yet, it retains easy playability and is forgiving.

Segue Difinitive Plus
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$779.00

 

Segue Distinctive Plus is the top model in our private line for intermediate players. We think this model competes extremely well with any other model at the price. The varnish colors vary widely, but the tone is consistently complex with wide range of tone possibilities for the player on the path to proficiency.


Segue Distinctive Plus
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$949.00

Core Dragon Model DR40. Having a medium to medium-dark tone. Powerful projection, speaks clearly in all ranges – very responsive throughout. The varnish is tastefully antiqued golden brown of medium luster.

Core Dragon Model DR40
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,700.00

 

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

 

European Workshops-Germany
Albert Nebel
Instrument Only
Select Size:
4/4
$1,495.00

Core Dragon Model DR50. Plays with a warm, rich tone while maintaining a fine level of projection. A strong instrument that remains responsive at the lower dynamic levels. The varnish is tastefully antiqued medium amber of medium luster.

Core Dragon Model DR50
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,900.00

 

   
     
Core Select. A range of tasteful copies of antique instruments, at an affordable price.

Core Select Amati

Core Select Amati
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Cannon

Core Select Cannon
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

 

Core Select Chantelle

Core Select Chantelle
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

 

Core Select Emiliani

Core Select Emiliani
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,500.00

Core Select Fanfani

Core Select Fanfani
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Fontana

Core Select Fontana
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Goldman

Core Select Goldman
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,550.00

 

Core Select Heifetz

Core Select Heifetz
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,500.00

Core Select Italian

Core Select Italian
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

 

Core Select King Joseph

Core Select King Joseph
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Kreisler

Core Select Kreisler
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,500.00

Core Select La Cathedrale

Core Select La Cathedrale
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

 

Core Select Lord Wilton

Core Select Lord Wilton
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Medici

Core Select Medici
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Soil

Core Select Soil

Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Vieuxtemps

Core Select Vieuxtemps
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Ysaye

Core Select Ysaye
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$1,600.00

Core Select Model 2900S Stradivari

Core Select Stradivari
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$2,600.00

 

     

Core Select Model 2900G Guarneri

Core Select Guarneri
Instrument Only

Select Size
4/4

$2,600.00

 

   
     

 


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