Violas for Intermediate Players


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.

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 hesitate to contact us. There are no stupid questions. We love email. Thanks in advance for contacting us.

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.


Jurgen Klier

Carved in Germany and made of European tonewoods. Finished in US by Bill Weaver. Lightly antiqued with high flame. Affordable, desireable German instrument for an advanced student.

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$2,175.00

Darche Freres

Carving in Beijing, with finishing in US by Bill Weaver. More complex and warm tone, compared to other Chinese instruments. We feel these compete with instruments from China in higher price ranges. Violin model shown.

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$1,750.00

Martin Beck

Highly flamed Nicolo Amati copy. Made in Romania. Lightly antiqued, with the same high quality varnish process used on higher priced models. A great value for anyone looking for a European instrument in a moderate price range.

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$1,200.00

Leonard Smith

Carving in China, with Varnish by Bill Weaver. Light Antique varnish. These have a look that is distinctly not Chinese. Violin model shown

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$750.00

European Workshops-Germany Albert Nebel

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.

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$1,799.00

Samuel Eastman Giocoso Antique

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.

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$1,239.00

European Workshops-Romania Superior

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.

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$1,749.00

European Workshops-Bulgaria Honors

This model offers 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.

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$1,499.00

Xueping Hu Model 200

Also known as Snow 200. From 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.

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$1,455.00

Core Conservatory C20

Tastefully antiqued, with European Spruce top.

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$950.00

Johannes Kohr K500

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.

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$789.00

Core Soloist SO20

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.

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$2,400.00

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.

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$1,900.00

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.

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$1,400.00

Core Dragon 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.

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$1,300.00

Core Dragon 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.

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$1,550.00

Core Dragon 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.

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$1,800.00

Core Dragon 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.

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$2,050.00

Core Dragon 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.

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$2,250.00

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!

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$850.00

August Kohr 915

Choice tonewoods, beautiful medium satin, medium reddish-brown to golden-brown finish.

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$2,200.00

Segue Concertino Plus

Materials used are upgraded as compared to the Concertino. Better flame, and greater attention to finish detail are noticeable improvements, which all contribute to a better tone and response.

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$1,059.00

European Workshops-Romania KR30

Better graduated top & back of selected spruce & well-flamed maple. Good tonal response; pleasant, medium tonal range with good sound projection. Red-brown antiqued varnish. Violin Model shown

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$1,365.00

Eastman Conservatory

Better known as the model 605, which is a competitive value in this price range. Violin model shown.

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$2,139.00