Jump to content

Calling violin experts - WDYT of this violin
To buy or not to buy?


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Anemonefish

Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:43 PM

My DD has been learning violin at school this year. She's had a school violin on loan for the year but if she wants to continue next year, she needs to have her own violin. I was going to look around for 2nd hand ones, but I just had a quick look on eBay and found this one:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VALENCIA-SV112-...=item43b51bc1cb

Violin experts, can you please tell me if this is an OK brand to buy for a beginner?

I know absolutely nothing about violins (other than that I can't afford a Stradivarius!), and I think DD's violin teacher has finished for the year so I probably won't be able to ask him about it. So, if there are any violin experts out there, can you tell me if this is an OK brand to buy for a beginner. I don't want to spend too much as she'll probably need to upgrade to a full size violin in a couple of years (plus we are a little broke at the moment), but I'd rather spend a bit more than this for a better one if this one is crap.

#2 livvie7586

Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:52 PM

I know nothing about the brand OP, but i always preferred to try mine out before i bought them (in saying that my first full sized was brand new, but i was told i was very, very lucky to get a great violin out of the brand).

personally i'd go secondhand, only because you can actually see the violin before you buy it (or buy it instore, again it means you can see it), it also means (at times) you can get a great violin for a cheap price (my main full size is well over 150 years old, and with repairs cost under $1000, not that you are looking for something that expensive, but i know mine is valued at much more than what we paid)

#3 ms.g

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:59 PM

I'm going to say the same as Poet. We bought DD hers from a specialist violin maker. He sells a few types (not all made by him) and will trade in if you bought from him, so trading up to a larger size will not cost as much.
The process to choose one was amazing. We booked an appt. DD got to hear a woman in the store play a few of them. She then chose 4 to try. She had to play each one and eliminate the ones she did not like. We were able to choose the most comfortable shoulder rest and the case that she wanted and they were happy to 'pick and mix' from what was there.
She ended up choosing a second hand violin which was the same price as a new one, but was "three times as good" in quality and reputation. Having watched the whole process, we were happy for her to choose whichever she wanted. I'm sure we could have asked them to only bring out the cheaper ones, though.
It cost $450 or so for hers, which was certainly not the cheapest. I think there was one for $150 there. I am happy knowing I can trade in for the next size up.
If you're in Melbourne I can recommend the place. original.gif
ms.g

#4 BlondieUK

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

Calling Quill.......Quill!.....Quill!!   wink.gif

#5 Anemonefish

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:19 AM

Thanks for your replies. Unfortunately, living in a regional city, we don't have much of a choice here. There's only one music store that sells violins and they only have one that is in my price range (around $200). I did some online searching and didn't find any 2nd hand violins locally.

I've decided not to get the eBay one, it does seem too cheap, and I agree that it's probably best to see/try before we buy. My DD is still at the stage where she can't get a beautiful sound out of her violin yet, but she enjoys playing and I don't want her to be put off by a crap violin. She still has her school violin, not sure when they have to give them back, so I'll keep looking for a 2nd hand one, perhaps even in Brisbane (we'll be visiting family there in Jan), failing which, I'll just get a new one at our local music store.

#6 =R2=

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:56 AM

If you're in Brisbane, this shop is great at outfitting children with brand new violins. They give great advice with selecting an instrument as they all play a stringed instrument.

Simply For Strings

We got DD's second hand from a friend but she bought it from here:

Mau Music

Mau Music are more a general music store though so not sure of the depth of their expertise with the instruments that they sell. We're very happy with the Stentor student violins though as a brand (DD plays a 1/2 size Stentor Graduate). DH has been playing violin and viola and is a member of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra (amateur orchestra) and he was very happy with the quality of the violins and sound from both places above.

Hope that helps.



#7 barrington

Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:31 PM

DS's violin teacher has recommended either Simply for Strings (link posted by a PP) or Animato.






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

10 beautiful books to buy now for later

These books make a great idea for baby showers, christenings, naming days, and early birthdays too.

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win $1000 with Heinz!

We want to see photos of your baby eating - and by sharing, you'll be in the draw to win $1000 and baby food hampers. Enter today!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.