Summerhays Music carries the finest in String Instruments.

Below you will find some of the packages and instruments we offer. Stop into our store anytime to see our full inventory. If you have a particular instrument you're instrument, please call us to check for in-stock availability.

To find out which size violin you need, ask your teacher, come into the store to be measured, or click here.


This package includes:

Andare GE-II Violin
Totally hand-crafted European violin. (5+ years aged wood)

Wittner Finetune Pegs
($200 value)

Deluxe Oblong Case
Lightweight, with pockets and suspension padding

Choice of Brazilwood or Carbon Fiber Bow
Excellent balance, pulls more sound than most bows

One-Year Warranty (ask for details)

Wittner Tailpiece
Wittner tailpieces have many advantages. Less string breakage, much easier tuning, less vibration and buzzing, better preservation of harmonic overtones, and correct placement of the playable part of the string.

A Value of over $1800!
Package Price: $1195 ($1095 without Wittner pegs)
or Rent-to-Own as low as $40/month

The Rosalia Violin Package Includes:

Rosalia Violin ($650 value)
• Handcrafted using select seasoned tonewoods
• Maple back and sides, spruce top
• Hand-fitted ebony pegs
• Rich medium-brown oil varnish
• Wittner-style tailpiece
• Zyex strings

Oblong case ($250 value)
• Wood shell suspension case for excellent protection
• Pockets for music and accessories

Brazilwood Bow ($150 value)
• Excellent balance and warm sound
• Genuine horsehair bow

A Value of over $1000!
Package Price: Call store for details
or Rent-to-Own as low as $30/month




Andare GA-II violin

  • Dark, warm sound
  • Handcrafted in Europe
  • Select Carpathian spruce top, highly flamed back and sides
  • Beautiful rich red-brown varnish
  • Expert setup for advancing players


  • An advanced level instrument with clean hand work by Los Angeles Stringed Instruments.
  • Conservative, lightly antiqued, Italian style varnish.
  • Even grained spruce top, with moderately flamed maple back, ribs and scroll.
  • Distintive, well balanced tone, an outstanding value at this price level.
  • A limited number of fractional violins are available. Please inquire for current inventory.


  • Artistically hand-crafted
  • Well chosen Supreme quality spruce with a highly figured, well seasoned maple back
  • Precisely tuned plates for maximum sound projection
  • Produces a wide range of tonal colors, balanced power and an appealing, rich sound, with balanced overtones
  • Hand applied softly shaded multi-layer varnish.


  • Expertly hand-crafted by Los Angeles Stringed Instruments.
  • Select spruce top, seasoned maple back with refined craftsmanship.
  • Italian - style, modern varnish, hand rubbed for a rich luster.
  • Meticulously graduated for a powerful, refined sound.

kaufmann violin

  • Excellent handmade intermediate instrument
  • Deep brown subtly antiqued varnish
  • Rosewood or ebony fittings
  • Helicore, Zyex or Dominant strings


  • Handcrafted from European tonewoods
  • Exceptional warm & rich tone
  • Available in 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 sizes

RENT to OWN: AS LOW AS $35/month*

Pygmalius ST-03 Violin

  • Suzuki Teachers’ Choice
  • Handcrafted by renowned Japanese luthier
  • Known for its superior playability
  • Boasts a clear, bold sound
  • Available in 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 sizes
  • Great step-up instrument for the growing musician!
  • Includes free case & bow

RENT to OWN: AS LOW AS $40/month*

Ivan Dunov Violin

  • Model 402
  • Hand crafted spruce top
  • Beautifully matched flamed maple back and sides
  • Full ebony trim
  • Dominant strings
  • Rich dark reddish-brown finish
  • Hand graduated top for enhanced tone quality

LIST PRICE: Call for details
RENT to OWN: as low as $40/month*

nagoya japan student violins

  • Excellent instrument for beginners on a budget
  • Durable and consistent
  • Professional setup to ensure young students’ success
  • Dominant strings and Wittner tailpiece
  • Thermoplastic case and fiberglass bow included

LIST PRICE: call for details
RENT to OWN: as low as $15-$20/month*


  • Rich, full sound
  • Handcrafted from superior, seasoned tonewoods
  • Available in 3/4, 1/2 & 1/4 size

LIST PRICE: call for details
RENT to OWN: as low as $45/month*


  • Responsive, vibrant, sound
  • Handcrafted from aged tonewoods
  • Available in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 & 3/4 sizes.

LIST PRICE: call for details
RENT to OWN: as low as $25/month*


Although the exact date the violin was in invented is not known, it is believed that it was sometime in the early 1500’s. Preceded by many other string instruments belonging to the lute and guitar family, the first true violins were made by skilled Italian craftsmen. The oldest documented violin to have four strings, like the modern violin, was made in 1555 by Andrea Amati. Other violins, documented significantly earlier, only had three strings. Other notable early Violin makers were Guarneri and Stradivari. Stradivari is perhaps the most famous of all violin makers, known for his “Stradivarius” violins that are valued in the millions of dollars today. Many modern makers emulate his style and violin pattern in their own instruments.

Unaltered for centuries, the violin continues to be one of the most played and recognized orchestral instruments. Today it continues to emerge in new musical settings from rock and roll to country, from contemporary to classical.

There is technically no difference between a Violin and a Fiddle; the two terms are usually used to describe the type of music the instrument is being used to play. The Violin is ordinarily referred to as a Fiddle when played as a folk instrument (though the term "fiddle" may be used informally no matter what the genre of music).

How does the Violin make its Sound?

The body of the violin is a large hollow chamber that functions as a speaker or amplifier for vibration. The strings are suspended above the body of the instrument by a bridge, a small maple piece of wood secured to the top of the instrument by the tension of the strings. The vibration from the strings is transferred through the bridge to the body of the instrument where the sound is then amplified.

Vibration of the strings can be achieved through two methods:

  1. Plucking the strings (known as pizzicato).
  2. Bowed playing (drawing a bow across the strings).

The bow is generally made from wood (usually Brazilwood or Pernambuco), but many modern bows are also made from a variety of man-made materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber. The bow is strung with a ribbon of finely combed horsehair.

Rosin (made from tree sap) is applied to the hair to make it sticky and to create friction between the bow and the strings. As the bow grips the strings and is drawn across it, they vibrate and produce sound.

Ebony pegs / fittings Painted, stained or "ebonized" fittings
Correctly planed ebony fingerboards Painted or ebonized fingerboards or Ebony fingerboards with warps, bumps, or irregularities
Well cured / aged woods (3+ years) Green / untreated Tonewoods
Properly fit bridges from quality Hard Rock Maple Unfit bridge blanks or poorly fit bridges made from soft woods
Quality strings (Dominant, Pirastro, Jargar, Primm, or D'Addario) Thin wire or steel strings
Genuine Wittner tailpiece Immitation "knock-off" tailpieces made from pot metal or plastic
Bows with genuine Horsehair Bows with synthetic / nylon hair
Fiberglass, carbon fiber, Brazilwood or Pernambuco bows Cherrywood, Willow, or plastic bows
Local shop setup for this climate Out-of-the-box factory setup
Instrument setup to meet or exceed MENC standards Improper or unknown setup specifications

What we recommend

Most Recommended Brands: Kirschnek, Nagoya Suzuki, Masakichi Suzuki, Anton Richter, Andare, Eastman, Glaesel, Schroetter, Heinrich Gill, and Roth. These instruments are consistent in quality and hold up well in our dry Utah climate.

Other Recommended Brands: Knilling, Schuster, Lewis, Seidel, and Meisel. Some of these companies offer instruments made in a variety of locations. For the best quality and reliability, those made in Germany are recommended.

Rent or Buy?

The question of renting or buying is a common one for most aspiring musicians and parents of aspiring musicians. Part of the answer lies in the commitment level of the individual.

Renting is a convenient way to use an instrument on a trial basis without the commitment of ownership. Most rental contracts are written as “rent-to-own” contracts, giving the renter the flexibility of renting and returning, or continuing payments until purchased.

Buying an instrument has definite advantages as well. Ownership of an instrument creates ownership in developing a talent, and provides further incentive to work hard and be successful.

Through Summerhays Music Center’s accommodating trade-up program, string instruments can generally be traded in for full value or near full value toward the purchase of larger or upgraded instruments. This program allows for growth in an instrument that complements the growth and development of the student.


  • Hold the instrument by the neck
  • Wipe the rosin dust and perspiration from the instrument with a soft cloth after each use.
  • Loosen the now about five turns to relieve tension when not in use. DO NOT TOUCH THE BOW HAIR
  • Apply rosin to hair with long, slow strokes. Keep your instrument and bow in the case when not in use.
  • Do not put anything else in the case, like your shoulder pad, shoulder rest, music, pencils, etc.
  • Check the bridge to see if it is upright or tilted slightly towards the tailpieces.
  • Do not tighten the fine tuners all the way down. The arm under the tail piece will scratch the instrument.
  • Inspect your instrument and case every day. If you have any questions or problems, ask your teacher or bring your instrument to a Summerhays Music technician.

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