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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Johannes Kohr K501
Similar to the K500, but with one piece nicely flamed maple back. “Step-up” quality instrument with more attention to detail.
Better known as the model 605, which is a competitive value in this price range.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.