The violin is enjoying a revival in popularity thanks mainly to the exposure of young professional violinists on stage and screen. Following this increasing demand we now supply a range of student violin outfits for the beginner to intermediate player.
We currently stock 4 different sizes of violin. 1/4 size violins are usually for children of primary school age. They would be expected to upgrade to the next sizes each couple of years until they reach high school age when they would probably be ready to play a full size violin. At this point, it is best to upgrade in quality as there would be no need to change again for many years, if at all. These ages, of course, are approximate as every child develops at a different rate and it would be advisable to ask your violin teachers advice or bring your child into the shop to be fitted.
Setting Up A violin comprises of many different parts. If a violin is to play well, this collection of different parts has to be the right size and shape and also to fit in the correct place, therefore a well made violin can sound and feel awful if it has been inadequately set up. The bridge and the sound post must be in the correct place, the strings the correct height and distance from each other and the pegs should rotate smoothly, but not slip. They are the basics, but there are many more fine adjustments to be made when the violin arrives from the factory. On arrival each violin is thoroughly checked and prepared by us to meet the above requirements. One of the secrets of a great tone in any musical instrument is continual playing, so we spend some time playing the violin in. This means that the new strings can stretch and bed in and the instrument itself gets some time out of it's case to acclimatise to the outside temperature and humidity.
Hidersine violins are selected with care from the long established British company Barnes and Mullins. They are beautifully hand carved instruments with high quality fittings and strings. View Hidersine's range here
Stentor violins are are the main teaching instruments in our schools and a favourite with teachers and students alike. They were the first to established a violin factory and have been making quality instruments for over 100 years. View the Stentor range here
Antoni have recognised the significant contribution that an instrument makes to the willingness of a student to persevere, practice, progress and pursue the process of learning to control the instrument, get the best from it, and thus enjoy making music. View Antoni's range here