Choosing your first beginner violin can be a difficult decision. There are lots of factors to bear in mind. What size instrument is best for me? What woods sound good? What type of bow do I need?
There is a heady mix of instruments out there, and plenty to get confused about. There is also the temptation to go for the cheapest option you can find while you ‘see how it goes’. If you’re serious about learning the violin or any other bowed instrument though, this can be a mistake.
Buying a cheap instrument invariably means that you’re buying a poor-quality instrument that is likely to sound bad, slip out of tune every time you pick it up and be uncomfortable to play. Before you know it, you may be flunking your lessons and packing it back up into its case to gather dust on top of a wardrobe forever more.
So, what should you be looking for?
Do not fear… Hidersine is here! (Sorry… we couldn’t resist). Here’s our list of the three best Hidersine beginner violins to give you some food for thought before you head out on your journey to become the next Vanessa Mae or Nigel Kennedy.
Hidersine Inizio violin outfits
Available in all standard size variations from 4/4 to 1/8, Hidersine Inizio violins are made with strength and resilience in mind. Their laminated spruce tops and maple back and sides are perfect for the often long and arduous journeys to and from school or music lessons. The included, shaped Styrofoam case aids the instrument’s protection greatly, and can help withstand the rigours of the school bus!
Not only are they strong, they sound great and contain all the essential components needed to get you off to a flying start. Strings: check. Tough case: check. Rosin: check. Bow: check. They even come fitted with tailpiece adjusters to help early players get in tune and stay in tune more quickly. That’s more time for actual playing!
Inizio outfits of all sizes retail for around £100, however it’s always worth speaking to your local Hidersine dealer about their rental schemes if this is too much of an initial outlay. You could be taking advantage of all the benefits this beginner outfit offers, without the upfront cost.
Hidersine Vivente violin outfits
Let’s be honest, learning a new instrument isn’t the easiest thing to master at first. It’s always worth considering buying a better beginner violin than you initially need – something that will see you through your opening steps and on to your more advanced stages with ease and in style. That’s exactly what you get with Hidersine Vivente violins.
All Hidersine Vivente instruments are inspected and set-up ‘ready to play’ in our UK service workshops. This means that you can buy with confidence, take your new instrument along to your lesson and be ready to go from the off.
They feature a solid spruce top – or sound-table. This is important because your instrument’s primary voice is formed by this sound-table, and therefore the top can resonate as a single, coherent structure and sound great as a result. Their solid maple ribs and backs enhance their overall sound even further.
Your Vivente violin will improve in sound as your playing improves. As the woods age and the solid tonewood top gradually relaxes at a cellular level into its natural rest state, it will resonate even more naturally, improving its sound even further as time passes.
Hidersine Vivente Academy violin outfits
Voted ‘The UK’s Best Bowed Instrument’ by the Music Industries Association, Hidersine Vivente Academy violins are an extension of our Vivente series models, with the addition of some features that make learning an absolute breeze.
Vivente Academy violins benefit from being fitted with Wittner’s Finetune pegs to make tuning a doddle. Any teacher or student will tell you the amount of time wasted at the beginning or during lessons getting their student instrument up to pitch, and having it stay there!
The clever, German-engineering employed in Wittner’s Finetune pegs allows the internally geared peg to be turned in a controlled way, without the main shaft of the peg ever losing contact with the pegbox. This means you can make tiny, incremental increases or decreases in pitch - just like tuning a guitar. Getting your instrument in tune, and keeping it there has literally never been easier…. So now your precious time can be spent on learning and playing – not tuning, and re-tuning.
Wittner’s Finetune pegs are a genuine revelation for players of all standards, and are even fitted to virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn’s ‘c1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius’! How’s that for a vote of confidence?
What’s more, As recommended by members of the European String Teacher’s Association, Vivente Academy violins are fitted with a centre-mounted chin rest that is generally considered to make playing even easier and more comfortable.
No matter what Hidersine beginner violin you decide to buy, you can rest assured that it has been produced by a company with over 120 years of orchestral experience and expert knowledge. It will be of the highest quality, easy to play and last a long time as you progress through the exciting world of learning a new bowed instrument.