Violins 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 hesistate 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.


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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$979.00

Leonard Smith

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

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$699.00

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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$750.00

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 materials, and the graduations of the top. Lightweight varnish allows this instrument to respond and project like a much more costly Violin.

Instrument Only-Standard Setup
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$999.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
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$1,049.00

European Workshops-Romania Superior

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. Made for us in the Dunov Workshop..

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$1,449.00

European Workshops-Bulgaria Honors

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. Made for us in the Dunov Workshop.

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$1,259.00

Xueping Hu Model 200

Also known as Snow 200. 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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$1,200.00

Core Conservatory Model C10

Tastefully antiqued, with European Spruce top. Great value for a step up, intermediate range instrument.

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$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.

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$1,400.00

Segue Concertino Plus

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 noticeable improvements. Made for us by a very well known Chinese workshop.

Standard Setup
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$749.00
DeLuxe Setup
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$799.00

Johannes Kohr K500

Extremely popular, value-oriented Chinese made student instrument. This model is sold in local areas under numerous private label brand names, and has been a staple in many violin shops for decades.

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$650.00
DeLuxe Setup
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$699.00

Segue Succeed

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.

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$709.00
$619.00
$539.00
$489.00

Core Soloist Model SO10

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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$2,200.00

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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$1,100.00

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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$1,300.00

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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$1,500.00

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.

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$1,200.00

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.

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$725.00

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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$990.00

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.

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$779.00

Segue Difinitive Plus

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.

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$979.00

Segue Concertino Plus Antique

Better known as the Eastman model 210, which is an an upgraded version of the model Concertino Plus. It is beautifully antiqued and is made with a higher grade of wood.

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$929.00

European Workshops-Romania Prelude

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.

DeLuxe Setup
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$639.00

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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$1,700.00

European Workshops-Germany Albert Nebel

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.

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$1,549.00

Segue Distinctive Plus

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.

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$1,199.00

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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$1,900.00

European Workshops-Romania KR20

Better maple, and improved varnish over the KR10 model. Graduated for advancing players, which yeilds a broader range of available tone colors.

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$850.00

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.

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$1,450.00

August Kohr 622

This instrument was reviewed very favorbly in Strings Magazine. It has choice tonewoods, and a very sophisticated antique varnish process. The tone has wide ranging possibilities with a strong focus which offers particularly good projection.

DeLuxe Setup
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$1,300.00

Johannes Kohr K501

Similar to the K500, but with one piece nicely flamed maple back. “Step-up” quality instrument with more attention to detail.

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$750.00

Eastman Conservatory

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

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$1,849.00

Core Select Collection Wide range of tasteful copies of famous rare Italian instruments

Core Select Model 2000 "Amati"

The Amati pattern is a perfect smaller-bodied 4/4 pattern. Modeled after the great Nicolo Amati of 17th century Cremona who inspired the next generation of Stradivari and Guarneri, this reproduction is ideal for the player looking for a more comfortable violin, not quite 7/8-size but smaller than traditional 4/4-size, exhibiting a refined and versatile tonal palette. Upon request, this model instrument can be equipped with a Dresden style ebony chinrest which fits the Amati pattern nicely. Body length - 353 mm; Upper Bout - 158 mm; Lower Bout - 190 mm.

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$1,600.00

Core Select Model 2000 "Cannon"

Soloists worldwide know the original Guarneri del Gesu violins as among the finest creations ever produced, with only Stradivari violins regarded as equals. Niccolo Paganini's "Il Cannone" Guarneri of 1743 was a legendary extension of his technical wizardry. The Core Select "Cannon" model is inspired by the robust, spontaneous workmanship of the original and now available for any player to enjoy. Body length - 353 mm; Upper Bout - 166 mm; Lower Bout - 206 mm.

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$1,600.00

Core Select Model 2000 "Emiliani"

Authentic Stradivari violins are still being played by the world's greatest violinists, and the 1703 "Emiliani" Strad is a fine example. Named after a famous 19th-century Italian violinist from Bologna, Cesare Emiliani, the beautiful tone of this violin continues to dazzle audiences around the globe, and inspires this modern interpretation. Body length - 354 mm; Upper Bout - 168 mm; Lower Bout - 206 mm.

DeLuxe Setup
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$1,500.00

Core Select Model 2000 "Goldman"

100% European spruce top, classic Strad pattern! 1716 "Goldman" Stradivari is a Golden Period instrument loaned to Yehudi Menuhin as a young prodigy in 1928 by the investment banker Henry Goldman, and then played most famously by Nathan Milstein from 1945 to 1992. This modern day tribute produces a bold and beautiful tone. Body length - 353 mm; Upper Bout - 167 mm; Lower Bout - 206 mm.

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$1,550.00

Core Select Model 2000 "Heifetz"

History's most celebrated virtuosos have chosen Guarneri violins for their depth of tone and immense power. The great Jascha Heifetz played a notable example from his later period, made in 1742. Carefully aged tonewoods of this Core Select model are handcrafted to achieve a broad tonal palette with soaring projection and agile response ideal for any player. Body length - 355 mm; Upper Bout - 164.5 mm; Lower Bout - 201 mm.

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$1,500.00

Core Select Model 2000 "Kreisler"

Not just another Guarneri model, the example from c.1730 played by Fritz Kreisler is considered one of Guarneri del Gesu's first signature creations which marked the beginning of his golden period. The unique outline and arching are bold stylistically and acoustically. This Core Select reproduction is a worthy match for violinists embracing Kreisler's warm and expressive playing style. Body length - 355 mm; Upper Bout - 165 mm; Lower Bout - 201 mm.

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$1,500.00

Core Select Model 2000 "La Cathedrale"

The elegant one-piece back of gently-flamed maple catches the eye, and the pure, angelic voice of this Core Select model captures the spirit of Stradivari's 1707 "La Cathedrale". The patiently-seasoned top spruce gives the player a vibrant, flexible response capable of a variety of styles. Adjusted with Larsen Virtuoso strings. Body length - 354 mm; Upper Bout - 167 mm; Lower Bout - 207 mm.

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$1,600.00

Core Select Model 2000 "Lord Wilton"

For musicians that require a deep, dark tone without sacrificing power or brilliance, this Guarneri model is an ideal choice. The powerful G string transitions seamlessly up through all registers to the soloistic E. Based on the 1742 "Lord Wilton", an exceptional late-period Guarneri, the unusual scroll, f-holes, and outline reflect the artist's maturity and confidence. The stunning one-piece back adds to the personality. Body length - 354 mm; Upper Bout - 164 mm; Lower Bout - 205 mm.

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$1,600.00

Core Select Model 2000 "Soil"

The "Soil" Stradivari of 1714 may be the most seen and heard violin of this generation having been played by the great Itzhak Perlman for nearly 30 years. Named after Amedee Soil, a late 19th century Belgian collector, this is a beautiful reproduction crafted with special care in the archings and graduations for a brilliant, singing quality. The fiery flaming ascends from the center back joint and is highlighted by the rich varnish. These violins speak clearly and quickly with a sparkling, powerful voice ideal for serious players. Body length - 352 mm; Upper Bout - 162 mm; Lower Bout - 206.5 mm.

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$1,600.00

Core Select Model 2900G Guarneri

Some violins sell themselves with little effort: put in customer's hands, test-play, and sold! The skillful workmanship and tasteful antiquing of the CS2900 model bring to life carefully seasoned tonewoods for a dynamic sound with fullness and depth. Made by the workshop of VSA Gold Medal winner Ming Jiang Zhu, the training and craftsmanship are world-class, using classical European techniques. The Guarneri pattern gives the G-string extra power, and extra tonal dimensions throughout the registers.

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$2,600.00

Core Select Model 2900S Stradivari

Some violins sell themselves with little effort: put in customer's hands, test-play, and sold! The skillful workmanship and tasteful antiquing of the CS2900 model bring to life carefully seasoned tonewoods for a dynamic sound with fullness and depth. Made by the workshop of VSA Gold Medal winner Ming Jiang Zhu, the training and craftsmanship are world-class, using classical European techniques. The Stradivari pattern imparts a brighter voice, with extra shimmer in the upper registers.

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$2,600.00