Parent’s Guide to Buying a Violin for Beginners
Finding the right violin for your little one is a difficult yet significant factor in your child’s musical development. Although there are many factors that contribute to the instrument’s quality, here are a few basic details that parents should know and consider in order to choose the right violin.
What to look out for
– Scroll and peg area shouldn’t be broken or damaged.
– String distance should be even.
– Fingerboard should be smooth and ever so slightly concave.
– Instrument should have no cracks or structural flaws in the body-
– Bridge feet should be 100% flat on the belly when the bridge is straight.
– Tighter grains of the wood is normally a sign of higher quality.
How to Measure Arm Length
From the neck to the center of the palm.
Pros of buying Online
• it’s cheaper.
• There are more choices
• It’s convenient, as you can order from anywhere.
• You can shop independently.
• Violins are set up, ready to be played right out of the box (if purchased from Fiddlersbop.com)
Cons of buying Online
• You can’t pre-inspect the instrument.
• You can’t compare the sounds of different instruments in real life.
• Risk of purchasing a lower quality instrument.
Pros of buying in store
• You can try it out before buying.
• You can bring a violinist friend with a good ear.
• You can ask hopefully knowledgeable staff.
Cons of buying in store
• Limited stock.
• Higher prices.
• Sales pressure.
• Returns may only allow In-store credit, not money back.