Obtaining a Violin

All students will need a violin that is the correct size (see Finding the Right Size Violin)

If you are lucky, perhaps you have a violin that is the correct size sitting at home somewhere*
  • If the instrument has not been played in a while (or even if it has) check it over to see if it might need a visit to a local repairperson
  • See "What to look for in a used violin" (link below) for some pictures of commonly needed repairs
Violins MUST have a chin rest and fine tuners.
  • Most instruments come with these
  • If one or more of the fine tuners on your violin do not work you should be prepared to replace them so the instrument can be tuned properly
Make sure the instrument you obtain comes with a case and a bow in good working condition
  • See "What to look for in a used violin"  (link below) for some pictures of bows in good or poor working condition
  • Check zippers, buckles & handles on cases. Pockets and compartments in the case can be VERY handy but are optional.
*A note to those who already have a violin in the family: if the instrument you have is one of great monetary or sentimental value you may wish to consider obtaining a student model instrument to be used until your child is a bit older.  Your child may be extremely careful and responsible but it is worthwhile to keep in mind that schools (especially elementary schools) are busy places where accidents sometimes happen.


Should I rent or buy?

How much does a new violin cost?

What kind of violin should I buy?

Where can I buy a violin?

How much should I pay for a used violin?

What should I look for in a used violin?