Music carries the finest in String Instruments.
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
violin you need, ask your teacher, come into the store
to be measured, or click here.
Andare GE-II Violin
Totally hand-crafted European violin. (5+ years aged wood)
Wittner Finetune Pegs
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 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.
Value of over $1800!
Price: $1195 ($1095 without Wittner pegs)
or Rent-to-Own as low as $40/month
Rosalia Violin Package Includes:
Violin ($650 value)
• Handcrafted using select seasoned
• Maple back and sides, spruce top
• Hand-fitted ebony pegs
• Rich medium-brown oil varnish
• Wittner-style tailpiece
• Zyex strings
case ($250 value)
• Wood shell suspension case for excellent
• Pockets for music and accessories
Bow ($150 value)
• Excellent balance and warm sound
• Genuine horsehair bow
A Value of over $1000!
Price: Call store for details
or Rent-to-Own as low as $30/month
- Dark, warm sound
- Handcrafted in Europe
- Select Carpathian spruce top, highly flamed back and
- Beautiful rich red-brown varnish
- Expert setup for advancing players
DENTI VIOLIN V200
- 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.
LUCCHINI VIOLIN V380
- Artistically hand-crafted
- Well chosen Supreme quality spruce
with a highly figured, well seasoned maple back
- Precisely tuned plates for maximum
- Produces a wide range of tonal colors,
balanced power and an appealing, rich sound, with balanced
- Hand applied softly shaded multi-layer
KRAFFT VIOLIN V300
- Expertly hand-crafted by Los Angeles
- Select spruce top, seasoned maple
back with refined craftsmanship.
- Italian - style, modern varnish,
hand rubbed for a rich luster.
- Meticulously graduated for a powerful,
- Excellent handmade intermediate
- Deep brown subtly antiqued varnish
- Rosewood or ebony
- Helicore, Zyex or Dominant strings
warm & rich
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RENT to OWN: AS LOW AS $35/month*
case & bow
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RENT to OWN: AS LOW AS $40/month*
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RENT to OWN: as low as $40/month*
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RENT to OWN: as low as $15-$20/month*
1/2 & 1/4
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RENT to OWN: as low as $45/month*
1/2 & 3/4
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RENT to OWN: as low as $25/month*
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
- Plucking the strings (known
- 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
TO LOOK FOR
pegs / fittings
stained or "ebonized" fittings
planed ebony fingerboards
or ebonized fingerboards or Ebony fingerboards with warps,
bumps, or irregularities
cured / aged woods (3+ years)
/ untreated Tonewoods
fit bridges from quality Hard Rock Maple
bridge blanks or poorly fit bridges made from soft woods
strings (Dominant, Pirastro, Jargar, Primm, or D'Addario)
wire or steel strings
||Immitation "knock-off" tailpieces
made from pot metal or plastic
with genuine Horsehair
with synthetic / nylon hair
carbon fiber, Brazilwood or Pernambuco bows
Willow, or plastic bows
shop setup for this climate
setup to meet or exceed MENC standards
or unknown setup specifications
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?
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
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
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
- 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
- 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.