Determining the right time to Step-up your instrument or your student’s can seem overwhelming, especially given the variety available to choose from. Though many violins and violas are similar in appearance, not all are created equal, and playing the right instrument can make a world of difference for developing talent. With the guidance of both your instructor and Vermont Violins’ friendly staff, we can help ensure stepping-up to a new instrument will be a fun and exciting stage in your musical growth.
Like athletes who upgrade their gear each new season, musicians require higher quality instruments to continue their musical development. String instruments are typically valued based on the quality of wood used, craftmanship, and set up. Additionally, three components of sound tend to be used when evaluating each instrument: Overtones, projection and complexity.
How do I choose my instrument?
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Should I Have My Instrument Checked Up By a Luthier?
Check out our 4-part video series on how to choose an instrument! Kathy, a professional violist and owner of Vermont Violins, will walk you through the steps required to buy an instrument as well as some tips along the way to ensure you find the perfect match.
Should You Rent Or Purchase Your Violin?
Have you ever: picked up your violin and thought: "you know, I used to really love this violin....I wonder why?" Chances are, the violin is out of adjustment.
As weather changes and humidity levels rise and fall, instruments start to change. Wood expands and contracts and as it does, the set ups, once perfect, not longer perfectly match the instrument and the tonal quality suffers.
Should You Rent Or Purchase Your Violin? Whether you choose to rent or to purchase a violin, viola, cello or bass for your student, our program provides the flexibility you need to support your student’s playing.
When to rent:
You are not sure how long the student will play. A good idea for students (all ages) who have never played before or who took a long break from playing. Reasons students quit vary widely, but include: pain (often previous injuries particularly in the neck, hands, or back), lack of...