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Standard Economy Violins
These violins are ideal for beginners who are looking for a high value instrument at an economical price that will allow them to gauge their commitment to the instrument. They are designed to be durable and affordable, and to provide beginners with a real, playable instrument rather than a ‘Violin Shaped Object’ made from inferior materials - we don't sell the plywood or laminate 'VSO's. Our violins meet the National Association for Music Education standards.

Buying tips: Ebony fittings are durable and help a violin stay in tune longer. Fine tuners simplify the tuning process for beginning players.Purchasing ‘Drops and Defects’ coverage is a smart way to protect your investment.

Model
Economy Violins Main Feature Differentiators
On Sale
Acoustico AV-100
Solid wooden violin, four fine tuners, includes backpack style case, bow, and rosin, hardwood fittings, option to upgrade to Ebony. Available in sizes 1/8 through 4/4.
$137.95
Odoca
OVL-100
Same features as AV-100, but available in sizes 1/10 through 4/4 and includes a full accessory pack (a tuner, extra strings, lesson book and CD, shoulder rest)
$175.95
Odoca
OVL-200
Ebony fittings, four fine tuners, backpack style case, wooden bow, rosin, options to upgrade to Dominant strings.
$237.95
Yamaha V3SKA
Ebony fittings, four fine tuners, D’Addario Prelude strings, shaped thermoplastic case with metal valance, wood bow, rosin. Available in sizes 1/2 to 4/4.
$699.00
Yamaha AV5SKU - Used ABS plastic case and Glasser bow, Rosewood fittings, four fine tuners, D’Addario Prelude strings, five year aged wood. Available in sizes 1/2 to 4/4. $459.25


Performance Violins
The perfect violin for advancing students who demand more features than an economy violin can provide but are not quite ready to invest in a semi-pro instrument. You can expect better craftsmanship and materials on these violins.

Buying tips: Professionals use Dominant strings to help bring out the best sound so upgrading your strings can be a cost effective way to improve your violin sound quality. Look for woods that have been aged, or ‘seasoned.’ The longer the wood is aged, the less moisture is left in it and the better the resulting tone will be.



Model
Performance Violins Main Feature Differentiators
On Sale
Odoca
OVL-300
Ebony fittings, four fine tuners, a Brazilwood horsehair bow, backpack style case, and an antique-style varnish finish.
$279.95
Yamaha AV5
New
ABS plastic case and Glasser bow, Rosewood fittings, four fine tuners, D’Addario Prelude strings, five year aged wood. Available in sizes 1/2 to 4/4.
$1,010.00
Yamaha AV7
New
Used
Varnish with shading, Helicore strings, ebony fittings, five year aged maple back and sides, Wittner tailpiece with four fine tuners. Includes Brazilwood bow, Piranito rosin, and a Cordura-covered oblong case. Available in sizes 1/2 to 4/4.
New $1,435.00

Used $884.25
Tygenn USA
AVL-200
Handmade in the USA, choice of premium strings, includes lightweight form fitting case, Brazilwood bow, and rosin. Ebony fittings, carbon fiber tailpiece, antique brown varnish.
$762.50
Tygenn USA
AVL-250
Same as 200 except with shiny reddish-orange oil varnish. $929.17


Semi-Professional Violins
High quality violins developed to meet the needs of experienced violinists, these violins are ideal for violin teachers, session musicians, and anyone else who prioritizes both tone and beauty. Premium quality aged woods and deluxe accessories are to be expected in this category.

Buying tips: Look for top quality materials for both the violin and accessories. Brazilwood bows are durable and lightweight, and aged, imported tonewoods improve the sound of your violin.

Model
Semi-Pro Violins Main Feature Differentiators
On Sale
Yamaha AV10
New
Used
Flamed back & sides aged five years, ebony fittings, Brazilwood bow, oblong case with backpack style straps, Thomastik™ Dominant strings, Pirastro™ Schwarz rosin.
New $2,260.00

Used $1709.25
Tygenn USA
AVL-300
USA made from select Canadian tonewoods aged eight years, choice of premium strings, wooden hard case with pockets and strap, Brazilwood bow, ebony fittings, carbon fiber tailpiece. Available in sizes 1/8 to 4/4.
$1,195.83
Tygenn USA
AVL-350
USA made from select European spruce, deeply flamed maple, choice of premium strings, wooden hard case with pockets and strap, Brazilwood bow. Available in sizes 1/2 to 4/4.
$2,537.50
Keith, Curtis, & Clifton
R33V
10+ year seasoned tone woods, hand rubbed oil varnish finish, premium German ebony fittings. Available in sizes 1/2 to 4/4.
$1,210.00
Glaesel VI31DLX Crafted in Germany, four fine tuners, spirit varnish, flamed maple back and sides, upgraded case and bow, ebony fittings. $1,239.00


Professional Violins
Magnificent violins designed to be ideal for both professional violinists that require an instrument that can be relied on for the best in sound at any gig as well as for dedicated hobbyists that want the best sound possible.

Buying tips: Flamed maple beautifies the back and sides of the violin. Many professional violins have only one fine tuner to help reduce the weight of the tailpiece for overall better resonance.

Model
Professional Violins Main Feature Differentiators
On Sale
Yamaha AV20

Five year aged highly flamed maple, Thomastik™ Dominant strings, boxwood fittings, cordura-covered case with backpack style straps, Brazilwood bow, Pirastro Schwarz rosin.

$3,860.00
Tygenn USA
AVL-400
USA made from 8+ year aged European spruce, highly flamed maple E string fine tuner, choice of premium strings, oblong wooden hard case, Brazilwood bow with Ebony frog and unbleached Mongolian horsehair.
$3,120.83
Tygenn USA
AVL-600
Same as 400, but crafted under the direction of master luthiers.
$4,120.83
Keith, Curtis, & Clifton
R34V

Premium German ebony fittings, hand-rubbed oil varnish.

$2,107.60
Glaesel
VIG2

Crafted in Germany, antiqued spirit varnish, flamed maple.

$2,519.00

Stefan Petrov

Superior Violin Replica of the work of old Italian masters.

$4,000.00
Nicolas Parola
NP30E

Loft seasoned European tonewoods, Italian oil finish.

$1,999.00


Professional Custom Level Violins
Our finest selection, these uncompromising violins are the best of the best. Created by some of the finest violin makers and crafted from the finest materials available, these violins are works of art that you will cherish for years to come.

Buying tips: Instruments crafted by a single well known luthier are true investments in quality and bring an expert’s touch to the violin. Cremona Italy is known for it’s musical history, particularly in that Stradivari, Guarneri, and many other famed violin makers had their shops set up there.

Model
Pro-Custom Violins Main Feature Differentiators
On Sale
Tygenn USA
AVL-900

Imported European tonewoods, premium bow, premium string options

$5,000.00
Tygenn USA
AVL-950

Same as 900, only with additional antiquing and premium varnish

$7,500.00
Glaesel
VIG3

Made in Germany, shaded spirit varnish, flamed maple back and sides.

$3,489.00
Plamen Edrev Violin

Handmade in Cremona Italy by famed luthier Plamen Edrev.

$10,000.00
Viktor Kereske Violin
Master VKMN

Handmade by master luthier Viktor Kereske.

$5,000.00
Ricardo Galaini Violin

Handmade in Cremona Italy by Ricardo Galaini, limited availability

$8,000.00