What To Look For When Buying A Violin

What to look for when buying and choosing a violin.
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🇺🇸BELOW are violins on Amazon.com I recommend for USA🇺🇸
(UK🇬🇧 people scroll down).

MY TOP 2 VIOLINS FOR BEGINNERS TO START WITH.
YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG WITH EITHER OF THESE:
1. Stentor II (1500): http://goo.gl/FCa2b
Stentor II (1500) violin review: http://bit.ly/2d8hadr
2. Cecilio CVN 300: http://goo.gl/viikfN
Cecilio CVN 300 video Review: http://bit.ly/2dp02Oo

REALLY GOOD BUT CHEAP STARTER VIOLINS:
Mendini MV 200: http://goo.gl/Uk08SA
Mendini MV 200 video Review: http://bit.ly/2dhTV2j
Mendini MV 300: http://goo.gl/ERfYhF
Mendini MV 300 video Review: http://bit.ly/2drtINu
Mendini MV 400: http://goo.gl/UhSn7f
Mendini MV 400 video Review: http://bit.ly/2cZ3EGL
Mendini MV 500: http://goo.gl/q6ZE3N
Mendini MV 500 video Review: http://bit.ly/2cPHGa9
Stentor 1 (1400): http://amzn.to/2hHXY4A
Stentor 1 (1400) video review: https://youtu.be/xFFC7Ni4rqg

SLIGHTLY BETTER VIOLINS FOR BEGINNERS:
Cecilio CVN 100: http://goo.gl/ZfH0Xv
Cecilio CVN 100 video Review: http://bit.ly/2csh6kc
Cecilio CVN 200: http://goo.gl/uDc4ZX
Cecilio CVN 200 video Review: http://bit.ly/2cYO9jL
Cecilio CVN 300: http://goo.gl/viikfN
Cecilio CVN 300 video Review: http://bit.ly/2dp02Oo
Stentor II (1500): http://goo.gl/FCa2b
Stentor II (1500) violin review: http://bit.ly/2d8hadr

FOR THE INTERMEDIATE PLAYER:
Cecilio CVN 400: http://goo.gl/MzM7Kh (this is discontinued now).
Cecilio CVN 500: http://goo.gl/K0f2tx
Cecilio CVN 500 video Review: http://bit.ly/2dhtZze
Stentor Graduate (1542): http://amzn.to/2hJClpp
Stentor Conservatoire (1550): http://amzn.to/2iBmuc1
Stentor Conservatoire (1550) video review: http://bit.ly/2hK4Lhn

FOR THE MORE ADVANCED PLAYER:
Cecilio CVN 600: http://goo.gl/gpt71v
Cecilio CVN 600 video Review: http://bit.ly/2dhsUaV
Cecilio CVN 700: http://goo.gl/c9OXpU
Cecilio CVN 700 video Review: http://bit.ly/2cUt78p
Cecilio CVN 800 – This one is excellent, but I can’t find a link.
Cecilio CVN 800 video Review: http://bit.ly/2cZ4qDN

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🇬🇧BELOW are violins on Amazon.co.uk I recommend for UK🇬🇧:

MY TOP VIOLIN FOR BEGINNERS TO START WITH IS:
Stentor II (1500): http://goo.gl/U4LCc
Stentor II (1500) violin review: http://bit.ly/2d8hadr

REALLY GOOD BUT CHEAP STARTER VIOLINS:
Forenza Prima: http://goo.gl/9DpLB9
Forenza Prima video review: https://youtu.be/CykG5J_3Sh8
Stentor 1 (1400): http://amzn.to/2iBil82
Stentor 1 (1400) video review: https://youtu.be/xFFC7Ni4rqg

SLIGHTLY BETTER VIOLINS FOR BEGINNERS:
Forenza Secondo: http://goo.gl/1jT6R0
Forenza Secondo video review: https://youtu.be/IKHmN7AUjtk
Stentor II (1500): http://goo.gl/U4LCc
Stentor II (1500) violin review: http://bit.ly/2d8hadr
Stentor Graduate (1542): http://amzn.to/2i2Uo5X

FOR THE INTERMEDIATE PLAYER:
Forenza Series 6 violin: http://goo.gl/Mg3gzj
Stentor Conservatoire (1550): http://amzn.to/2hHYJdZ
Stentor Conservatoire (1550) video review: http://bit.ly/2hK4Lhn

FOR THE MORE ADVANCED PLAYER:
Forenza Series 8 violin: http://goo.gl/qvzSIb
Forenza Series 8 video review: https://youtu.be/RdBgwayn1lI

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VIOLIN COMPARISON VIDEO REVIEWS:
Stentor I v’s Stentor II (1400 v’s 1500): http://bit.ly/2hIduxo
Mendini MV200 v’s Mendini MV300: http://bit.ly/2i33MXh
Cecilio CVN100 v’s CVN300: http://bit.ly/2iraclX
Cecilio CVN100 v’s CVN200: http://bit.ly/2ivV7gZ
Cecilio CVN400 v’s CVN500 Violin: http://bit.ly/2iBpsNG
Cecilio CVN600 v’s Cecilio CVN800: http://bit.ly/2iBx5DH
Cecilio CVN 600 v’s 700: http://bit.ly/2hIa2Ti
Cecilio CVN 700 v’s CVN 800: http://bit.ly/2j0EZaq

Comments

666NedFlanders says:

For 130+ dollar recommendation: CEVN-1BK (Cecillio Black Electric) has be good one for me. I’m a fairly experienced violinist and this is a suprisingly playable instrument (I had to have a professional luthier have the bridge cut down for 30 bucks, the action on the strings was insane, well worth it for playability). Please don’t cut the bridge yourself, its a very skilled job. Its durably made(finger boards tend to fall off in this price range due to cheap glue or be poorly aligned), the pegs work well enough and it looks cool.

I use it as my practice/silent fiddle. Oh, and the strings are crap, but for my purposes that doesnt matter, they are playable for sure, just… not pretty.

For an intermediate US student, I recommend the Tartini from The String House in Rochester NY (800 dollars~). The quality is really nice and some of the more challenging techniques can be managed on it just fine (nice clean upper register).

StitchGV says:

I’m going to ask you this question because you don’t seem to be a violin snob, and you won’t be profiting off any answer you give me: I’ve recently been trying to have an old violin repaired that belonged to my grandfather. I sent photos to a luthier and he told me I shouldn’t bother because it was only a “cheap violin”. When I inquired further, he said the violin was worth about $2000. …now, it’s possible the particular luthier I happened to choose is used to dealing with instruments in the $100,000+ range, but to be told I have a “cheap” violin worth $2000 is shocking to me.. $2000 is more than I’ve ever spent on anything, and I had never even planned to buy a violin in that price range, thinking it was unnecessarily above-and-beyond. But tell me, is that really the price range of lesser violins?? I have a student violin now that I paid $250 for and was honestly shocked at how cheap it looks and feels, but thought a real good one would only cost me a couple of hundred more. But am I to understand that in order to get what is considered a “good” violin, I would need to search above $2000?? Or is that only cheap for a professional concert violinist but “good” for the casual player? If you don’t mind me asking, about how much was yours? Your really good one? Or maybe just tell me the maker?

UnderTheBamboooTree says:

I would suggest a rather more expensive violin to start on as an adult… never even heard of violin “brands”, just know the ones from small ateliers, and old lutherie of course… I’m not a violist, but I do work in a music store and even I feel and hear the difference between a 500 euro violin and a 1000 euro violin… I’m currently learning how to play on an old belgian violin, very well made, no idea about the price though… I would not like to learn how to play on a 500 euro one because those just give me a bloody migraine 😀

YellowRz says:

Is a suzuki nagoya fs10 good for beginners?

Ricky says:

Ah bummer….. I just tried googling the only proper music school in my city, but apparently it closed permanently :/

Heba AbuHasssan says:

Should I consider being a left-handed when buying a violin ? especially that I’m planning to learn from a right handed violin , You 😀 ?

mDee BeatZ says:

Thank you so much! thats really helpful, but what is good strings and rosin for changing?

Andrew Taylor says:

I find these on line tutor sessions a useful supplement to proper lessons. However, I found this video extremely waffley. You spent over fourteen minutes repeating yourself and saying something that I could sum up in one sentence i.e. that it is not worth buying a very cheap violin, and that the Stentor II is the one to go for when funds are limited. You mentioned near the beginning that very cheap violins i.e. £30 or so are not worth buying and cannot produce a proper sound, and then contradicted yourself at the end and say to buy one if you cannot afford anything more and that they are OK! I have heard from other buyers that £30 violins are a complete waste of money, don’t tune properly and just fall apart. Lets face, it if you cannot afford to pay more than the price of a single lesson (£20 to £40) for an instrument, perhaps you are not taking things seriously. Perhaps you should borrow one and save up a bit more or go second hand. Also, in all that time when you were waving the two violins about in front of us, we were all expecting to hear a demonstration of the sound difference, and you did not even play them.

Prashan Salam says:

This video is very amazing

Muthukumarasamy Kumari says:

Hi I am from India, could you please suggest me one

Boi Boi says:

I am going to buy a violin online how can i tell if it has a good sound.

Kristine Quandee says:

“ello” 🙂
I am 66 years old and learning to play the violin with the help of your awesome videos! My question is, when you say you will post a link to something, where is this? I don’t see any links anywhere. I was wondering which Dominent 4/4 strings to buy? seems like there are more than one type.

Alya lawler says:

lol i love violin i played it for 4 year it is si cool and im only young u know

Siân Allen says:

I bought a stentor student II after watching your video on it  a few years ago, and I find it to be a good student violin. every more advanced violin player that has played it has been surprised with it’s sound quality and the nice finish.  When I bought mine, it was around £135, and in the same music shop (Foulds Derby) it is now £160 (the student I is now £134)

Theresia Betty says:

I learned violin a couple years ago. And as now i live in the UK, I didnt bring my violin with me when i moved. I am still a beginner. well I was at my second book – Suzuki for violin- and think of buying a violin here. Would you recommend me for the stentor 2 as well? or shall i get a cheaper one and buy a better one when i get better with violin? Thanks a lot Alison.

MzXKinG says:

Miss Alison, In your opinion, is MV012W-G Vani Shed good enough for beginners ? Because I am so scared of that. :/

Lily Chen says:

thank you very much, it really helps.

Awesome amazing pets says:

I’ve been looking for a decent violin for about a month but my mam would definitely not allow me to get one over £100 which sucks, reason being we don’t have tons of money and she will be buying it me and I will pay her back once I get the money. So yesterday I came across this violin///here’s the link https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01MZ6AFUM?psc=1 Please can you tell me if this is a decent violin thanks x

ChemicalViruS004 says:

what about violin sizes? I have quite little hands and fingers and I have heard there are different sizes of violin. Can you do a video explaining different sizes of violin and which one is best for each hand size….I’m also left handed. thank you

proeng eleceng says:

I subscribed cause u r very beautiful woman….

Ankit Ghosal says:

hello !!! i’m from INDIA, which violin you recommend for us…………

BANSHANBOK KHARMUJAI says:

you’re beautiful….Will u marry me?

Emily Adams says:

Hi I don’t play violin, I play flute, but I’ve always wanted to play violin ever since I was really young (I’m thirteen now). I’m thinking about starting to play violin, but should I rent a violin or buy a Stentor II? One of my friends at school has a Stentor II and it sounded quite good when I tried to play it, but I don’t know whether I should bother buying one yet or wait until I’ve started to play.

Rebecca Cortese says:

Hello! Hopefully you can see this lol I haven’t played since I was 13, I am 22 now and was looking at the Cecilio CVN 300 on Amazon. Would that be a good model for me? Also I’m nervous to buy online since I can’t see the return policy, only the warranty for defects. Thank You!

Caesar Castillo says:

Question A stentor 1018 is that considered a sentor 1?

aj coyle says:

hi is it to late for a 55yold guy to start playing a violin good info vids

MARIEWIL says:

Hi! I just found your channel, and I watched your ‘How to learn to play the violin in 1 hour’ even though I do not have a violin yet! LOL. Anyways, I wanted to know if just buying a beginner violin per say and then just buying higher quality strings and a higher quality bow? I read somewhere that someone did that, but somehow I trust you more! Thanks so much!

Slipperylongnosenisme Cat says:

I wish I can load a picture for you guys because my violin is so cheap around $1.2Million then kind a like Stradivarius violin is $4.6 Million

Pranay Panthi says:

it had been a great help for me by this video.and i had a request for you. i am playing the violin and i wanna play the tune of my country`s national anthem that is nepal and. can u plz check it out for me. i am telling it to you because the violin tutor are not available in nepal.so, i just hope you will be doing it. i have already subscribed your channel and i am also not missing a single video fo your channel. I just hope you understand it.

Nikolina Fält says:

I’ve just started to look for a violin and I could not for my life find any that were pretty cheap, but also good. Thank you so much!

what is that??? says:

its a good vid, help me alot

Sherri DeWitt says:

Does the Stentor II have an electric version? I would like to learn on an electric.

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