Your mind is set, you are going to buy your first violin and start taking lessons. But before you do, here are some tips to guide you on your purchase.
You will hear me saying this often. As with any special purchase you make, the first thing to determine is your budget. How much or how little can you spend on buying a violin? A helpful tip is to give yourself a timeframe to save up enough money so you can buy a decent, good quality violin.
Where to Shop
Ask for recommendations from music teachers, family and friends who have been playing a musical instrument for some time, research online shops and go to music stores in your area. Compare prices and the quality of the instrument before you decide on which one to buy.
What to Look For
Look for a violin that is properly set up, meaning, every single part of the instrument down to its minutest detail must be made and functioning correctly. Tone and power are some of the qualities you should look for in a violin. Bring someone knowledgeable about this when you go shopping.
Try Before You Buy
Most shop owners will let you try their merchandise before you buy. I strongly suggest you do so, or bring along someone you know who's been playing the violin for sometime. That way you'll have added input on the instruments' feel and performance.
Sometimes you need to buy the violin accessories separately. Don't forget to look at the quality of the bow. A quality bow has a good weight, balance and flexibility. Also, don't forget to purchase a case, extremely important especially when you have to travel for your lessons.