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Old 06-21-2018, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by MikeBmusic View Post
Way out of my budget (and skill set!) to buy a good one. Curious on why violins don't have some 'decent' lower-budget models available, akin to Yamaha's $200 range for guitars.
And on bows - I understand the good one can be more expensive, but I've seen some 'new style' ones that don't use horse hair so last much longer.
The answer to your question is that violins are much more difficult and time consuming to make, relative to guitars. If you want to compare guitars to violins (or mandolins) then you need to look at archtop guitars, which are also much more expensive than flat top guitars.
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:45 PM
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How about the Silent Violin knockoff's? Are they playable?
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:22 PM
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Shar Music sells decent beginner violins for under $200. They are running a sale right now.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:01 AM
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I actually have a cheap violin that was a $100 new back several years ago. It plays much better than what I can. My buddy has one too and can make his sound pretty dang good. That common part between the two is that they both are very loud but donít have a great tone. The bows are so so but I started using some better rosin and if helped. If the one your looking at is the same qaulity Iíd say go for it. See if your gonna want to stick with it or not and you can always upgrade later. Bow wise you can upgrade then just keep the nice bow when u get a better violin
Two things Iíll throw out. If your practicing and donít want the full volume you can put a couple pieces of tape over the sound holes and thatíll dampen it. If you want frets you can get online and get what is basically a fretted liner. It just stick onto the finger board.
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Old 08-04-2018, 09:17 PM
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I'd stay away from any violin that costs $100 or less! Getting it setup correctly would cost you more than the violin does in the first place! The pegs will definitely have to be set so they'll stay In place when you're tuning. Some will disagree with me, but a decent bow starts at around $150 and goes up quickly from there. I use a Marco Raposo silver bow and have a Klaus Becker as a backup. I was told when I first started playing and knew I was gonna stick with it, to go ahead and buy a really good bow and grow into it, versus buying a cheap one and then a little better one and then a little better one.
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