When making fine instruments, luthiers look for wood that produces superior sound and that has been aged properly. In addition the most expensive instruments employ heavily figured wood that is rich and deep in color with patterns ("flaming") that become visible when viewed from different angles.
To make their instruments affordable, Bellafina's instrument makers forego the most deeply flamed woods in favor of properly aged wood with outstanding sound. They provide you with an affordable stringed instrument without compromising on sound production quality or sufficient aging. As a result, Bellafina violins, violas, cellos and acoustic basses are built economically without affecting the sound quality or ease of play.
Bellafina ships the Model 50 violin in its own lightweight suspension case-the kind usually reserved for professional instruments. The case offers enough room to store a shoulder rest. Also in the kit is a brazilwood bow with natural horsehair-another professional-level touch that helps to make the Bellafina Model 50 a performer's violin.
Thanks to Bellafina, more performers now have superior-sounding instruments—individually handcrafted by traditional methods—within reach of their budget.
The Bellafina Bionda Series offers both striking appearance and sumptuous sound. The instruments are blond-finished and attract attention wherever they go. Their beautiful wood radiates in a way that is absolutely stunning. Sterling string Unusually rich, vibrant tones add to their elegance. Bellafina Bionda stringed instruments are great for alternative playing styles and for the times when you want to be seen as well as heard. Bellafina makes a Model 50 Violin;14", 15", and 16" 5-string violinas; and a double bass in the Bionda finish.
The heart of Bellafina is the 50 Series instruments which include:
Model 50 Violin Outfit
The Bellafina Model 50 Violin is available in sizes 4/4 through 1/8. Bellafina includes a lightweight pro-style case and brazilwood/horsehair bow with each Model 50 violin.
Orchestra teachers across the country gave rave reviews after play-testing our
Bellafina 50 Student Model Violin!
9/10 would definitely use or consider using Bellafina String Instruments in their school.
9/10 would recommend Bellafina String Instruments to their students & colleagues.
"Outstanding instrument! Superb is the only thing I can say about it! I am thoroughly impressed with the depth of sound, clarity of tone, and resonance and vibrancy of these instruments."
- Samantha, Chicago, IL
"The Bellafina 50 is a decently priced violin for your average student. The quality of wood and craftsmanship that went into making it are better than most factory made instruments. I was also impressed with the quality of wood and parts for the Bellafina cellos. Decently priced and good construction."
- String Teacher, El Centro, CA
"It is a good beginner violin. It looks nice, so the student likes it right from the beginning. I like the violin very much for my students. I really like the case. It isn't too heavy to carry around, and it has the "professional" rectangle shape that helps with the music, etc."
- String Teacher, Western Jordan, UT
"It is certainly an appropriate instrument for any beginner in the string program. Its quality will allow students to make a characteristic sound on the string instrument with very little frustration!"
- String Teacher, Frisco, TX
"Big sound, string height was ok, usable pegs, nice appearance, bow was fine, case ok. Good value for the money."
- String Teacher, Ann Arbor, MI
"I think it's a comparable instrument to those sold at similar prices from Southwest Strings, Shar, etc."
- String Teacher, Plymouth, MN
"The case is light and easy to carry. The bow is decent. This would be a great 4, 5,or 6th grade level instrument, maybe even intermediate."
- String Teacher, Keizer, OR
"I was impressed with the appearance of the violin and the case. When I compared the sound with another "school violin," it was very comparable. My first impression was very positive."
- String Teacher, West Lafayette, IN
"One word…WOW! The sound quality of this instrument is phenomenal! In both lower and higher registers, the sound resonates like an expensive instrument. It's amazing it retails for $199."
- String Teacher, Houston, TX
"For the price, the quality was very good. It has a nice tone and set up."
- String Teacher, Houston, TX
"Overall, it seems like a solid instrument for the price. As far as student models go, it is a nice package. At a price tag of around $200, I'm impressed with the instrument. That makes it superior to renting."
- String Teacher, Parker, CO
"I think this is a wonderful instrument for the value. The overall setup of the violin looks great (including pegs/fine tuners, etc. which are usually compromised when a price is lower). It has a very nice sound, compared to most student violins! They are very affordable for a school budget, and I think it makes a nice instrument for students who are unable to afford a more expensive instrument. I feel like I have finally found a quality, affordable instrument that I can recommend to students who wish to purchase an instrument."
- String Teacher, Sinking Spring, PA
"I'm very surprised at the quality of this instrument. Generally instruments in this price range don't have the fullness of tone and proper resonance that this violin does. The instrument also doesn't look cheap like many similar priced instruments do. Great job with this violin."
- String Teacher, Avon, OH
Model 50 Viola Outfit
Bellafina makes the Model 50 Viola available in 12" through 17" sizes. A lightweight pro-style case and a brazilwood/horsehair bow is included with every Bellafina Model 50 Viola outfit.
"Very good tone and affordable. I really like this viola, it has a really warm tone . . . it still sounds good in higher positions, even on the A-string in 7th/8th position."
- Sophie, Honolulu, HI
Model 50 Cello Outfit
Bellafina Model 50 cello outfits are available in sizes 4/4 through 1/4. Bellafina Model 50 cellos have fully hand-carved spruce tops. With each Model 50 cello outfit, Bellafina includes a padded backpack bag and a brazilwood/horsehair bow.
"Well worth the Money! In my past cello-shopping experiences, I would have expected to pay at least $2,000 for an instrument like this with such an attractive appearance and powerful-yet-refined tone . . ."
- Marian, Sioux Falls, MN
Model 50 Bass Outfit
Bellafina Model 50 bass outfits are available in 3/4 and 1/2 sizes, and now also in ¼ size. Your Bellafina Model 50 bass will feature an advanced laminate top plate and a wheel height-adjustable bridge. Bellafina delivers Model 50 bass outfits with a padded bag and French frog brazilwood/horsehair bow.
"Kind of shocked . . . after playing this bass daily for a whole semester (during my student teaching experience) I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the instrument. I am a high school orchestra director and would whole-heartedly endorse the purchase of this instrument (my main instrument in a double bass)."
- Sean, Chicago, IL
There are also special Bellafina instruments that include the:
The Bellafina ChinCello delivers cello tones, from a viola-sized instrument making it great for performing in strolling string quartets. With each ChinCello outfit Bellafina includes a lightweight pro-style case and a brazilwood/horsehair bow.
"Remarkably nice sound for such a small resonating chamber. I believe that I will find this useful on those Christmas Eve Midnight Mass gigs that had no cellos available or those weddings with string trio that have to move around a lot."
- Judith, Buffalo, NY
Violina 5-String Violin Outfit
The Bellafina 5-String Violina combines the violin and viola range (CGDAE). Bellafina violinas are available in 14"(violin size), 15", and 16" (full viola size). Each Bellafina Violina outfit includes a lightweight pro-style case and a brazilwood/horsehair bow.
"Surprising quality for the price. I purchased this instrument for convenience purposes in my teaching and was pleasantly surprised by the good quality of both instrument and case. It took no time at all to develop the feel for arm position for 5 strings."
- Orchestral Teacher, VT
Prima Bass Outfit
The Bellafina Prima Bass is built on the Model 50 pattern for both ease of play and versatility, but its fully carved top adds depth and projection. Bellafina outfits each Prima Bass with a padded bag and a French frog brazilwood/horsehair bow.
"It's My Buddy! I have been playing both jazz and classical for about 30 years. This is a great bass for the money. I fell in love with the look and the details. But more importantly, I fell in love with the way it felt, the way it responded, and the sound it projected. For me, it's an "easy" bass to play. I'm not a big person with big hands, so the feel is important. The size of the neck is comfortable, and I'm very happy with how responsive it is. I've had this bass for three years now, and it's my new buddy. The sound is getting richer."
- Mary, South Bend IN
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