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Buying Your First Violin for Beginners

If you are looking for to buy a violin but you don't know where to start, here are some tips to get your first violin for beginners.

If you are living in Vancouver area and want to see what options you have to buy your first violin, you can start with two major music stores which are Long and McQuade and Tom Lee.

Long and McQuade or Tome Lee

• You can rent different violin sizes (4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/8, 1/16, …) with the bow, shoulder rest, and rosin for as low as $14 per month. You can also take advantage of their "rent to own" option after several months of renting, to own the violin.

• Also you can buy a violin as low as $220 to $400 from these stores.


• Amazon is the another option that you have. Sometimes you can find a chip price violin around $100. In this case, you need to know that the quality of this violin won't be good enough, but it is not a wrong choice for beginners.

Violin Sizes

Violins come in different sizes. Adults—usually around age 12 and older—will use a full-sized violin. For children, we can use smaller violins:3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16, and 1/32. The full-sized violin is a 4/4 size.

How to determine the right size of violin

Keep your left hand fully open and upright, then measure the distance from your neck to the middle of your palm. Write down this size and compare it to the following sizes.

Violin sizing (4/4,23In) (3/4,22In) (1/2,20In) (1/4,181/2In) (1/8,161/2In) (1/10,15In) (1/16,14In)

For sure, getting your first violin would be overwhelming. If you still need more information to get your first low-budget violin or are not sure which option would be the best for you, please contact our professional team at Azars' Music School to help you through this process and take advantage of our free consultation.

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