This is a list of affordable violins for beginners that know nothing about choosing a violin. Not everyone has the money to spend over $200 on their first instrument, so I started working on a list of violins that are under the $200 mark but still worth your money. I have played all of the violins listed below and inspected them in great detail. A lot of the violins are not top-of-the-line instruments, but they all have a nice sound and are well constructed to endure your practice sessions for the first few years of learning how to play the violin. So, let’s get started.
- 1. eMedia my Violin Starter Pack
The eMedia my Violin Starter Pack is great for entry level violinists. The violin set also comes with the eMedia interactive violin CD rom lessons that are great for students of all ages. The CD rom teaches all of the fundamental basics of learning how to play the violin in the comfort of your home, ranging from holding the violin, to putting on the bridge, to learning how to play scales.
The set also comes with written instructions to help you tune the violin, put the bridge on, and care for the violin which is great because most new violinists don’t know how to do any of those things on their own. I also found that the violin case that comes with this starter pack is of a higher quality than other violin cases in the same price range because it comes with a protective bag, a second protective cleaning cloth, as well has two adjustable backpack style straps with metal buckles. For about $150 you’ll be getting a great beginner violin set. (Click the above link for more details)
- 2. Vinci 4/4 Student Violin set
The Vinci 4/4 Student Violin set isn’t a bad starter violin, its MSRP price is listed at around $100. The quality of the violin is about equal to the eMedia violin, but I noticed that this violin has a loud, clear and vibrant sound to it that is a step up from the above violin.
Although this violin is in the list, there was a part of me that didn’t want to add it because the company that manufactured the Vinci violin went under and no longer exists. Because the company closed down the Vinci violin doesn’t come with a proper warranty, so if you have any problems with it you will have to pay for it out of your own pocket. However, it isn’t a bad set for beginners. You can still find these violins all over the internet because thousands of them were mass produced before the company closed down, so you can normally find them at great dirt cheap prices.
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- 3. Barcelona BC-50 Orchestra series violin
The Austin Bazaar Barcelona BC-50 Orchestra series violin is probably the best out of the three violins mentioned this far. The BC-50 violin is a step up in quality out of the other two violins in terms of its sound and construction quality, but it does not come with instructions on how to set it up. I suppose the reason the BC-50 doesn’t come with instructions is because it was made for violinists that have already been playing for a few years, but still aren’t looking to spend more than $500 on a violin.
This set includes all the items you need to get started, it comes with: a couple of bridges, a couple of bows, a violin case, and a cake of rosin. The BC-50 violin has a sweet and mellow sound to it, and when you add vibrato it really comes to life and sings beautifully. I tested out a few different bows with this violin and I was surprised that the bow it came with strangely sounded very nice the more I used it. In my review I was a bit harsh on the rosin, but after I combined the Super-Sensitive Clarity rosin with the Barcelona rosin I found that the sound the two rosins produced together was smooth and lovely.
The Barcelona BC-50 Orchestra series violin set costs about $115, and for around $130 you can get a bundle pack that includes extra items such as cleaning supplies and a music stand.
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Choosing a violin Starter pack
I will come back and update this list with more violins as I test them out, but for now all of the above are great violins for beginner violinists or players looking to get back into playing the violin. The prices may be low, but you will be getting deal for your money. If you want to learn more about any of the violins listed in the article you can click on the provided links to read my detailed reviews for each violin.
If you have any recommendations for great beginner violins, comment below and share your experience that you’ve had with them.
Click here to learn more about Austin Baazar’s violin set.
Click here to learn more about eMedia’s violin set.