The violin is the ultimate lead instrument. It is tasked with the primary motifs in most symphonic and string quartet pieces, and its mystique is unique within the orchestra. The violin is also one of the best instruments for introducing a child to music.
There are a few reasons for that. One is physical. The violin requires standing, attention to posture and the use of both arms. It helps a young person develop a connection between mind and body. The fact that a violin student must listen for pitch and make tiny changes to pull a note into pitch increases both pitch awareness and fine motor skills. A young violinist plays in a string section early on in school environments, which helps them develop communication skills. All of this, along with the violin’s size, weight and portability, make it one of the best instruments for a child’s early music exposure.
For very young students, introductory violins are available in 3/4 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 sizes. Even the smallest hands can begin to learn the fingerboard and bow. Student violins are often paired with a case, bow, rosin and care products, and offered as an outfit. Woodwind & Brasswind has a deep inventory of student violins in a variety of price ranges. We also maintain a large stock of instruments for the advancing student. There are instruments here for the enthusiastic hobbyist and beginning professional as well.
Woodwind & Brasswind’s buyers have developed strong relationships with reliable suppliers of student instruments, and have helped develop these brands. We offer substantial value in all price ranges. The Bellafina line is a perfect example of this. They begin with the Prelude series, available with bow and case for under $100. The Prodigy series comes with a better bow, bridge and pegs. It is one of our best-selling student violin outfits. For the advancing student violinist, Bellafina offers the Educator Outfit. Its aged tonewoods reward a student’s work with a soaring sound and a finish that will instill pride of ownership.
Competitors to Bellafina include Stetnor and Cremona. The Cremona SV-75 Outfit and the Stetnor 1400 Student Outfit both compare against the Bellafina Prodigy Outfit. All three represent an excellent value. Stetnor’s competitor to the Bellafina Educator is the Conservatoire. The comparable Cremona instrument is the SV-500. The Cremona SV-600 is one of the most popular intermediate models. Its ebony fingerboard, tailpiece and other fittings establish its value, along with its beautiful finish and quality bow.
While we leave truly artisan instruments to specialty retailers, we proudly represent Yamaha’s intermediate instruments, as well as better-quality violins by Maple Leaf, Otto Benjamin and Ren Wei Shi. The most popular Yamaha models are the AV-5 and AV-7. They feature tops that have been aged for more than five years, along with handsome shading and flamed maple backs. The Maple Leaf line features handmade violins at the top of their line, notably with the Lucienne Collection. It is a single-maker instrument that features select aged woods and ebony fittings with boxwood accents and an expertly applied antiqued oil varnish.
We offer a wide selection for the violinist who likes to plug it in. One of the most exciting companies in this field is NS Design. These instruments are available in four-and five-string versions, fretted and unfretted. The CR4 and CR5 are their better instruments. The NXTa series is more affordable and the WAV series is most affordable.
The SV-200 and the SV-250 are the most popular Yamaha electric violin models we stock. Other electric violin models we carry include the Viper by Wood Violins. Mark Woods’ designs are truly imaginative and inspiring. If you are looking for an upper-end electric violin, they are innovative and excellent quality instruments that deserve your attention. We also carry Bridge, Barcus Berry and Stagg electric violins.