10 Best Violins For Beginners (All Price Ranges Covered)

If you’ve been hustling online for an amazing violin for beginners, I’m glad to say you’ve found the right place to help you out.

Maybe you’re shopping for your kids, or maybe you’re thinking about learning the violin yourself!

Either way, you can leave it to me to find you the perfect one.

There are thousands of beginner violin models on the market, so you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by choice.

That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the best violins for beginners!

You’ll be learning in no time…

Snapshot: 10 Best Violins for Beginners

  1. Cremona SV-175 Premier Student Violin
  2. Cremona SV-130 Premier Novice Violin
  3. Cremona SV-1260 First Violin
  4. Cecilio CVN-300
  5. Mendini MV500+92D
  6. D Z Strad Model 509Most Expensive
  7. Cecilio CVN-500
  8. Cecilio CVN-200
  9. Vangoa Acoustic Violin For BeginnersLeast Expensive
  10. D Z Strad 101

Buying a Great Violin for Beginners

Best Violin for Beginners

As I said, there are so many violins for beginners available online.

Back in my day (lol, I was channeling my grandad there) you’d go to the music shop and someone would help you choose. In my opinion, shopping online will give you way more bang for your buck. The only downside is, you’ve got to know what to look for!

Don’t worry though, that’s where I come in.

Luckily, I’ve been in the violin buying game for a while now so I know exactly what makes a brilliant fiddle.

Here’s my checklist: the violin has to be well crafted, it’s got to be made of excellent materials and, most importantly, it’s got to be made by a brand I know and trust.

Also, don’t worry if you end up buying an “intermediate” violin. Sometimes the lines between what suits an intermediate player and a beginner can be a little blurred.

So, now you know what we’re looking for,  let’s get stuck into the best violins for beginners.

Best Violin for Beginners in 2020

1. Cremona SV-175 Premier Student Violin Review

Cremona SV-175 Premier Student Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size
  • Music Inc. Magazine reviews SV-175 as "designed to meet the needs of beginning and advancing students."

Cremona makes some amazing violins for beginners. They’re a little on the pricier side, but I always say they’re worth the investment. It’s important to learn to play on a good quality violin. That way you can tell the difference between your own mistakes and the instruments!

Body & Neck

The reason I love Cremona violins so much is that they’re incredibly well-crafted instruments. When it comes to violins, they should be made of solid spruce (for the top) and solid maple (for the back and sides). A lot of the really cheap instruments that you see on the market are made of a horrible laminate material. They tend to sound plastic or “tinny” and really aren’t worth the pennies they cost.

So, although it may be tempting to go for a really affordable option for your first violin, I’d suggest looking into a slightly more reliable model like this one. A good violin will make all the difference to your learning experience. The last thing you want to lose confidence during your first session!

Bow & Hardware

The Cremona SV-175 has all ebony fittings, which is great. Ebony is the most durable material when it comes to fingerboards and pegs and so on (I won’t bore you with the details!). Anyway,  it’s not surprising that this violin is a favorite amongst beginners.

I mean, it has amazing playability and it’s MENC (National Association for Musical Education) certified. So, it’s definitely a winner in my books. It also comes with a lovely J. La Salle LB-13 brazilwood bow which is more than you need as a beginner!

Sound

The Cremona SV-175 has such a beautiful tone. For a beginner’s violin, it sounds incredibly sophisticated. It’s really vibrant, yet pretty mellow too. I think it’s important to find a violin with a mellow tone when you’re starting off. Anything with too much edge could easily sound dodgy as you get to grips with your intonation.

The violin can make some very screechy sounds, especially when you’re at the first stages of learning. So, I think an instrument with a violin can (sometimes) counteract those squealy noises!

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Spruce top, maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck, ebony fingerboard
  • Strings & Tuners: D’Addario Prelude strings, ebony tuning pegs, and independent fine tuners
  • Bow: Brazilwood
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Maple
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Ebony

A beautiful violin with an even better tone, perfect for an adult learner

Final Thoughts on the Cremona SV-175

I think this is a great choice for a beginner violinist. If you’re serious about learning the instrument, then I’d say it’s ok to spend a little extra, especially if you’re an adult (your arms aren’t going to get longer any time soon). Plus, you’ll love hearing it’s tone change as you progress!

2. Cremona SV-130 Premier Novice Violin Review

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Cremona SV-130 Premier Novice Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size,Traditional Brown
  • Cremona's top selling novice violin for more than 10 years; check out the new video

Okay, if you’re dying to get your hands on a Cremona model but you don’t quite have the budget for the SV-175, here’s another option. I usually recommend this one to players who want to upgrade from their first dodgy “burner” violin, but it’s definitely a good option for complete beginners too. 

Body & Neck

You have to admit, this is a beautiful violin. I love its light-colored varnish! Although I have been known to buy violins purely because they look good, the light varnish is pretty functional too (yup, not just a pretty face). Scratches and dents don’t show up as boldly on lighter violins. Yeah, before you freak out, it happens… You may, at some point, nick the finish of your violin. They’re pesky little things sometimes! Your bow might go haywire and scratch the surface. So, if you’re a little clumsy like me, you may want to go for a more forgiving model.

Bow & Hardware

Nothing bad to report here! We’ve got all ebony fittings and independent-style fine-tuners – my two must-haves! Hang on, I’ll explain myself. You’re probably wondering what the heck independent-style fine-tuners are, right? They’re those little metal things on the tailpiece that make tuning up a lot much easier. A slight nudge on one of the pegs could send your string an octave too low (genuinely, I’m not exaggerating for once). Your best bet as a beginner is to tune your string as close to its note as possible, then use the fine-tuners to get right on point!

Sound

Just like the SV-175, this violin from Cremona has a gorgeous, rich tone. It’s resonant and has enough volume for playing in groups. The only downside is, it’s not quite as smooth sounding as some other models. However, your playing isn’t exactly going to be silky at the start, so this isn’t an issue when it comes to violins for beginners. 

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Spruce top, maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck, ebony fingerboard
  • Strings & Tuners: D’Addario Prelude strings, ebony tuning pegs, and independent fine-tuners
  • Bow: Brazilwood
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: French-made Aubert
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Ebony

A gorgeous Cremona violin, perfect for beginners with a tighter budget.

Final Thoughts on the Cremona SV-130

The Cremona SV-130 is definitely a good option for beginners with a tighter budget. It’s still got that iconic, mellow “Cremona” sound, so it’s a real joy to play. Its only flaw is its variable sound when moving between the strings.

3. Cremona SV-1260 First Review

Cremona SV-1260 Maestro First Violin Outfit - 4/4 Size
  • Clarity and volume come with a handcarved, properly graduated, select solid spruce top

I mean, we’re upping the price tag a little bit here but bare with me. I know some of you reading this will be looking to make a bit more of an investment. Plus, I always think spending a bit extra on a new hobby will motivate you to put the practice in.

Body & Neck

Would you look at that? It even looks expensive. Listen, it’s like when you want to start running so you spend a fortune on new running shoes. Then, you feel guilty if you’re not out jogging every morning, right? Sometimes splashing the cash is a necessary evil. Anyway, let’s talk about craftsmanship. The Cremona SV-1260 has the best playability.

Its neck is perfectly shaped for optimal movement in the hand and (when you learn to play in second position you’re going to thank me). When it comes to its body I’m pretty speechless (which is not like me). I just love how clearly you can see the grain of the wood through its varnish. That’s a Cremona trademark if I’ve ever seen one!

Bow & Hardware

I know, I’m being a bit of a hypocrite here because the SV-1260 has boxwood fittings rather than ebony. However, boxwood is the one exception to my rule. Some say boxwood fittings aren’t as durable as ebony ones. Maybe they’re right, but I’ve never seen one break. Plus, I actually prefer the way they look (don’t tell anyone I said that!).

I know this guy only has one fine-tuner on the E string, which might be a bit concerning for beginners. Don’t worry though, it’s easy enough to tune the others with your pegs. The E string is the only one that will test your patience!

Sound

The resonance this violin has is unreal. Seriously. While you’re getting the hang of using your bow, you probably won’t be able to create much volume. So, it’s always good to know that the sound you do make will ring out nicely. It honestly sounds just as beautiful as it looks, in my opinion. It’s so mellow and rich, with just a touch of brightness.

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Solid maple sides and back, spruce top
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Solid maple neck with an ebony fingerboard
  • Strings & Tuners: Anton Breton VNS-150 Perlon strings, VP-14 fine-tuners, ebony tuning pegs
  • Bow: LB-17 J. LaSalle Brazilwood bow
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Cremona
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Sacconi-style tailpiece

The most beautiful violin for beginners with a rich and incredibly resonant sound

Final Thoughts on the Cremona SV-1260

I think it’s pretty obvious how much I love this violin. Learning to play on such a beautiful instrument will make your experience that much better. I know its a little bit of an investment but, as violins go, it’s definitely still in the “affordable” bracket.

4. Cecilio CVN-300 Violin Review

Cecilio CVN-300 Solidwood Ebony Fitted Violin with D'Addario Prelude Strings (Size 4/4 (Full Size),...
  • Size 4/4 (full size) violin with solid spruce wood top, maple back, neck and sides with inlaid purfling in antique varnish

Now, back to you guys with the conservative budgets. If you’re on the lookout for a violin for your kid, this is a great option. The Cecilio CVN-300 is lovely, durable and, best of all, it won’t break the bank!

Body & Neck

I love the warm finish of this violin, it’s really pretty. You can also see the craftsman’s attention to detail on its neck. The varnish is blended down beautifully from the body and up into the scroll as well. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of this violins super glossy finish. You’ll see this quite a lot on more affordable violins.

Some people love it, I just think it takes away from the woods natural beauty. But, then again, I’ve been told I’ve taken “picky” to a whole new level. Plus, glossy violins are much easier to clean, so that’s definitely something to think about when you’re buying for a kid.

Bow & Hardware

I’m wasn’t lying when I said this violin is durable. It has all ebony fittings and it comes with two bows. “Why would you need two bows?”, I hear you ask. Well, first of all, it’s always a good idea to switch between bows every time you play. That way, you won’t wear it out so quickly. Second of all, I swear those suckers must sprout legs and run off because I’m forever losing bows.

Plus, you know what kids are like, they’ll definitely leave one lying around at some point. So, a back-up is never a bad thing.

Sound

The Cecilio CVN-300 is one lively violin, let me tell ya. It’s got a gorgeous playful tone that rings out with amazing clarity. For a pretty cheap beginner violin, I’d say this is probably the best you’ll get. The violin has got great resonance but it doesn’t sound very mellow straight out of the box. Don’t worry though, it will begin to sound richer the more you play it. At the end of the day, it’s quite rare to hear a kid playing the violin without making some sort of screechy noises, at least for the first few months.

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Spruce top, maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck, ebony fingerboard
  • Strings & Tuners: D’Addario Prelude strings, ebony tuning pegs, and independent fine-tuners
  • Bow: Two brazilwood bows
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Maple
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Ebony

The ideal, affordable beginner violin for kids with a lovely playful tone

Final Thoughts on the Cecilio CVN-300

Although it doesn’t have the most mellow tone, I think the Cecilio CVN-300 is a really good, affordable violin for kids. The tone will develop as they’re learning, plus kids aren’t put off by dodgy noises the same way adult learners are. They’ll just be excited to play with their new toy (maybe buy some earplugs)…

5. Mendini MV500+92D Review

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Mendini MV500+92D Flamed 1-Piece Back Solid Wood Violin with Case, Tuner, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin,...
  • Solid hand-carved 1-piece maple back, neck and side violin wtih solid hand-carved spruce top with beautiful varnish finish & inlaid purfling

I swear I’ll never stop harping on about this violin. The Mendini MV500+92D is one of my absolute favorites and it’s not just because it’s pretty – I promise!

Body & Neck

I could play this violin for hours if it wouldn’t drive my boyfriend up the wall. Firstly, its neck is completely gloss-free so it’s perfect for combatting those sweaty, fiddle playing hands (you’ll know what I mean when you start learning). My favorite thing about this Mendini (aside from its looks) is how light it is.

Trust me when I say learning to play the violin will give you some pretty tones biceps. Holding an instrument up with one hand for hours usually isn’t a very easy task. However, if anything you’ll probably struggle to put this gorgeous, feather-light, flamed violin down.

Bow & Hardware

I haven’t really got much to report on this fiddle’s hardware. I mean, it’s got everything you need – ebony fittings and detachable fine-tuners (which are gold, by the way… Just saying). I do, however, have to have a little rave about these bows. I can’t quite believe this violin is under $200, it’s genuinely a pleasure to play AND it comes with two genuine Mongolian horsehair bows. What more could you even ask for?

Sound

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… I’m not going to lie, I bought this violin purely because it looked awesome and it was an absolute bargain. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I heard how beautiful it sounded. It has so much volume, such a rich tone, and really beautiful resonance.

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Spruce top with maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck with an ebony fretboard
  • Strings & Tuners: Cecilio Strings, ebony tuning pegs, and removable fine tuners
  • Bow: Brazilwood bow strung with unbleached Mongolian horsehair
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Custom made by Cecilio
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Ebony

A wonderful, feather-light, highly flamed violin that could motivate anyone to start learning

Final Thoughts on the Mendini MV500+92D

I think this could easily be a professional violin. I mean, I play it now and I’ve been playing the fiddle for 15 odd years. You’re probably wondering why I’d recommend it to beginners though, right? Well, it’s just as affordable as most beginner violins, it sounds great, and if you learn to play with a violin aimed at more advanced players, you’ll probably advance a lot quicker.

6. D Z Strad Model 509 Violin Review

Maestro Old spruce Stradi 4/4 Full Size Violin D Z Strad Model 509 Powerful tone Antique Varnish
  • Each of these violins are meticulously graduated with a powerful and refined tone

I had to add this D Z Strad violin to the list because every violin teacher I know raves about it. It’s definitely pricey, but it must be worth it if even the pros won’t stop going on about it, right? Let’s find out…

Body & Neck

You know it’s good when it’s made from Italian spruce, right? I mean, it’s not just any old tonal wood. To be honest, I always thought the whole “European wood” thing was a bit of a gimmick but, I have to admit, it does sound better.  It has a gorgeous two-piece, lightly flamed maple back, as well.

Remember when I said to pay attention to details in order to see how well crafted your violin is? Well, the way the two pieces have been perfectly book-matched is a great example of this. I also love that the neck has been lightly flamed too so it blends nicely with the body. It’s just lovely!

Bow & Hardware

I’d say D Z Strad is basically “the brand” in the violin world. I always recommend their violins because I genuinely trust their craftsmanship and I know how durable the instrument will be. Again, this guy only has one fine-tuner on its E string, so you might have a hard time tuning in the beginning. However, if you’d prefer to have the security, you could always fire them over an email when you order and ask them to fit all four.

They’d do it, they’re good like that! Considering its price, I’m a little disappointed it only comes with one standard brazilwood bow. I mean, it will do the job for a beginner, but we all like getting our money’s worth, right? On the other hand, at least you know every penny is being spent on the violin itself. Other than that, this one’s got the whole package.

Sound

The D Z Strad 509 has a really gorgeous, warm, rounded tone. Also, it’s incredibly powerful and refined You can tell they put a lot of effort into making sure even their beginner models sound perfect. After all, t is much more inspiring to learn to play a beautiful violin like this one.

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Aged spruce top and maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck and ebony fingerboard
  • Strings & Tuners: Dominant strings with ebony tuning pegs and one fine-tuner on the E string
  • Bow: Brazilwood, Mongolian horsehair bow
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Maple
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Ebony

An exquisite, powerful and beautifully rounded violin, perfect for adult or teenage learners

Final Thoughts on the D Z Strad Model 509

I’d say the D Z Strad 509 is perfect for adult or teenage learners. There’s not much point spending a lot of money on a violin for a young beginner. They’d just grow out of it and need to upgrade in a matter of months. The D Z Strad 509 is a really special violin though, it would make the perfect gift for a prospective violinist.

7. Cecilio CVN-500 Review

Cecilio CVN-500 Solidwood Ebony Fitted Violin with D'Addario Prelude Strings, Size 4/4 (Full Size)
  • Size 4/4 (Full Size) violin with solid spruce wood top, flamed maple back, neck and sides with inlaid purfling in satin antique finish

Most beginners aren’t sure what style of music they’ll enjoy playing yet. However, if you’ve got your heart set on being an orchestral violinist or love classical music then this is probably the violin for you.

Body & Neck

First of all, I love the antique finish. If there’s one thing Cecilio does really well, it’s a beautiful satin finish. It makes a change from the thick lacquer you tend to find on cheap beginner violins. Not only does antique varnish make your violin look a lot more expensive, but it also does wonders for its sound.

I love that the varnish has been blended seamlessly onto its neck as well. I know these aesthetic embellishes seem like they wouldn’t make a difference and a lot of the time they don’t. However, they are a clear sign of good craftsmanship, and sometimes that’s all you need to know you’re getting a brilliant instrument.

Bow & Hardware

In true Cecilio form, you’re getting two bows for the price of none here. It’s definitely worth having a spare if you’re thinking about joining an orchestra. Those things are like gold dust in the practice room, honestly! You’ll find that orchestral violins have much more arched bridges.

Classical players don’t tend to use more than one string at once, so the extra curve stops your bow from straying. This will be pretty helpful as a beginner. Playing just one string isn’t as easy as it looks!

Sound

The Cecilio 500 is actually a step up from their other beginner models. So, it’s a lot smoother to play than the 300, for example. You’re probably wondering what I mean by “smooth” in violin terms (I should have explained earlier). Basically, a violin with a smoother tone makes transitioning between notes and strings virtually seamless. Your playing may sound a little disjointed when you start off, but you’ll know what I mean in a couple of months!

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Spruce top with maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck with an ebony fretboard
  • Strings & Tuners: D’Addario Prelude Strings, ebony tuning pegs, and removable fine tuners
  • Bow: Two Brazilwood bows strung with unbleached Mongolian horsehair
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Cecilio
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Ebony

Incredibly mellow and smooth sounding violin

Final Thoughts on the Cecilio CVN-500

The Cecilio CVN-500 is ideal if you either love classical music or fancy joining an orchestra. Its sound is incredibly mellow and smooth, so if you like a more serious sounding violin, you’ll love this one.

8. Cecilio CVN-200 Violin Review

Cecilio CVN-200 Solidwood Violin with D'Addario Prelude Strings (Size 1/4)
  • Size 1/4 violin with solid spruce wood top, maple back, neck and sides with inlaid purfling in natural varnish

I know I’ve really been bigging up the Cecilio’s in this article, so I wanted to make sure I had an option for everyone. The CVN-200 is definitely a runner up to the Cecilio other violins in this list, but it’s still a great option, especially if you’re looking for something that’s cheap and cheerful!

Body & Neck

You can tell this one’s a little cheaper because there isn’t much of a gradient in its color. However, I like how you can still see the grain of the wood. At least we know it’s not plastic, right? It has inlaid purflings, which are also a great sign when it comes to more affordable fiddles. The last thing you want is a violin with painted purflings, that would be a disaster!

Bow & Hardware

Can you really argue with a cheap violin that comes with two bows? Bargain! I have found one negative though… The bridge is pretty thick. That’s not too much of an issue for beginners, it just means you won’t get quite so much volume or resonance as you would with one of the other models.

The CVN-200 also comes with boxwood fittings but, as I said earlier, I don’t think they’re the worst thing in the world. I mean, a cheap violin could have ebony pegs and still sound awful. You’re better off going for a well-crafted instrument, even if it means compromising on the little things.

Sound

So, here’s the best bit. Although the CVN-200’s sound isn’t quite the same quality as other Cecilio models, it’s still incredible for its price. It’s mellow and full, yet still nicely colorful. It might not sound amazing out of the box but, remember, the more you practice, the better both you and the violin itself will sound.

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Spruce top with maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck with an ebony fretboard
  • Strings & Tuners: D’Addario Prelude Strings, boxwood tuning pegs, and removable fine tuners
  • Bow: Two Brazilwood bows strung with unbleached Mongolian horsehair
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Cecilio
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Boxwood

Incredible violin for the price

Final Thoughts on the Cecilio CVN-200

When you’re searching for an affordable violin, it’s really important to know where to look. Cecilio is definitely a great place to start. The most important thing is to have an enjoyable learning experience and you’ll definitely get that with this model.

9. Vangoa Acoustic Violin For Beginners Review

Vangoa Acoustic Violin 4/4, Spruce Top & Ebony Fitting, Solid Wood Violin Outfit for Beginners, 4/4...
  • 🎻 【Solid Wood】The stiff and dense nature of the aged spruce top produces denser and more resonant sound that is warm and pleasing to the ears. It is lightweight for comfort daily practice....

Did somebody mention cheap and cheerful? How about an amazing violin for beginners that’s under $100? Sounds good to me anyway!

Body & Neck

I’ve only ever tried this particular model from Vangoa, so I’m not sure about the rest of their range. However, this violin is incredible. I mean, it’s not exactly a Strad, but considering how cheap it is, I’m really impressed. As I said, when it comes to buying an affordable violin (especially one that’s under $100) you need to know what to look for.

Although this one has laminate maple sides, it does have a solid spruce top. I know what you’re thinking, I did say avoid laminate like the plague. However, I know solid wood instruments just aren’t affordable for the majority of people, especially beginners. So, the solid spruce top of this violin gives you that mellow tone and combats any “tinny” sounds you might expect from laminate instruments.

You can actually see the grain of the wood as well, which is really lovely. At least the back and sides aren’t made of plastic, which is pretty much what I would expect from a cheap violin.

Bow & Hardware

Yup, ebony fittings! I’m honestly so surprised. However, this Vangoa violin hasn’t mass-made, so you shouldn’t expect it to be set up the same as, say, a Strad. That’s the downside, I’m afraid. Setting up your violin’s bridge can be pretty difficult because if it’s even a millimeter out of place the sound could be thrown off completely.

Fortunately, we live in a world where we have access to thousands of videos that show you exactly how it’s done! I guess the price tag is worth a bit of extra effort

Sound

Now, you’re not going to see Ioana Cristina Goicea playing this violin any time soon. However, it actually sounds pretty great all things considered. It’s not quite as mellow or as resonant as the other violins on this list but it does have the potential to sound lovely. It’s definitely on the edgier side of the tonal spectrum but, honestly, it’s quite pretty.

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Solid spruce top, laminate maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck, ebony fretboard
  • Strings & Tuners: Standard violin strings, ebony tuning pegs, and fixed fine-tuners
  • Bow: Brazilwood
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: Maple
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Composite tailpiece, ebony chinrest

A good quality, cheap violin for beginners

Final Thoughts on the Vangoa Acoustic Violin

I don’t think this violin will win an award anytime soon but it’s definitely the best you’ll get for the price. It has everything you need as a beginner – a good tone, great quality fittings, and a nice bow. The Vangoa Acoustic Violin is a brilliant option if you’re not quite sure how dedicated you are to learning.

10. D Z Strad 101 Review

Let’s end with a bang, shall we? The D Z Strad 101 is an incredibly popular violin for beginners. It’s one of the more affordable beginner models that the company offers, but it’s still incredibly well crafted. You can always expect that from good ol’ Strad!

Body & Neck

The thing I love about Strad violins is how wonderfully figured they are. I mean, you’re probably thinking “a violin’s a violin” but, when you’ve been studying them long enough, you can really see the difference, not to mention hear them. I love how intricately carved the Strad 101 is. You can see just how delicate the F-holes are! I could go on about this fiddle (or any Strad violin for that matter) for days but, don’t worry, I’ll keep it short and sweet. This is the perfect “middle of the road” violin in terms of price.

Bow & Hardware

Like all Strads, the 101 comes with a lovely brazilwood bow strung with genuine, unbleached Mongolian horsehair. Your bow can be the difference between squealing and quitting and becoming a pro! Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but a good violin bow really does make all the difference when you’re learning. It’s disheartening when your violin starts making crazy noises and you can’t figure out why! Usually, it’s either your technique, your violin strings, or your bow. So, I love that D Z Strad never skimps in that area.

Sound

If there’s one (or another) thing Strad does well, it’s clarity. The 101 has such a beautifully clear tone, it’s to die for. Its tone is really pure, yet still mellow and rounded. You probably have to hear it to believe it!

Spec Summary

  • Body Material: Spruce top with maple back and sides
  • Neck & Fingerboard Material: Maple neck with an ebony fretboard
  • Strings & Tuners: D’Addario Prelude strings, ebony tuning pegs, and fixed fine tuners
  • Bow: Brazilwood bow
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Bridge: D Z Strad
  • Tailpiece & Chinrest: Ebony

A fantastic violin with amazing clarity and a beautifully balanced tone

Final Thoughts on the D Z Strad 101

Oh, I do love this violin. I genuinely have nothing bad to say about it. It’s not too pricey, not too cheap and not too mellow or too bright. Did I just become the Goldilocks of violins? I guess so…

Today’s the Day to Learn the Violin!

If you’ve been mulling over the thought of picking up a violin for a while, here’s the sign to go for it!

It’s never been easier to buy one.

Thanks to companies like Mendini and D Z Strad, buying an instrument online has become way less stressful.

Procrastination station is my second home sometimes, so I definitely know what it’s like to put something off. I hope this article has given you the motivation to get going.

Now you know the perfect violin for beginners for you, there’s nothing in your way!

I know you’ll love being a beginner as much as I did. Just be patient, you’ll be a pro in no time. Today’s the day to learn the violin. Happy music making!

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