Every beginner deserves an Instrument with a good sound
and a professional set-up that won’t hold them back
Why? Because beginners believe that when they learn to play the violin, viola or cello they will be able to make beautiful music…
Unfortunately most beginners will be disappointed, you see… most beginners will go to a professional music shop, believing that they will get a good instrument. The problem is, that most music shops sell something that I would call a VSA (Violin Shaped Object) or a toy, because they are not trained violinmakers and restorers. Yes, they sell the instrument in good faith, thinking that they have a good product, but most of the instruments they sell are unplayable.
The way most beginner instruments come out of the manufacturers, they really are unplayable…. They have horrible steel strings that sound like a cheap steel guitar. The strings are so high of the fingerboard that it hurts a beginners fingers. The strings are impossible to tune, the bridge is made from timber that I would use for firewood and the soundpost (in some languages called the “Soul” of the instrument is in the wrong place)… all in all a cigar box with a good set up and stings would probably sound better.
What can you do to make sure you don’t end up with one of those instruments?
The only way is to make sure that you deal with an expert, who knows how to choose a good instrument to sell and to set it up the same way they would set up a professional instrument.
“The Violin Studio has provided my students with beautiful and resonant instruments of excellent quality. My students come in all sizes, and so do their instruments. As I know how crucial it is for beginners to have a good sounding instrument, I must say that I am impressed by the quality of Olaf Grawert’s small violins such as quarter and half size.” Hanna, violin and viola teacher and professional player
I grew up learning about violins. At the tender age of 4 I spent countless hours in the small violin making and restoration workshop that my father owned near Hamburg in Germany. My father is a German Master violinmaker with over 55 years of experience. My father understood that a 4 year old’s hearing is far more sensitive than people that are older, and always asked me for my opinion on instruments… That way I learned about judging good tone from a very early age…
In 1986, I finished school and decided to continue my passion for stringed instruments. I learned with my father and become a violin maker and restorer myself. It was not easy and took many years. I learned the craft from my father at first and in 1990 I went to Germany, where I got further training with one of the worlds top firms and worked on and restored fine antique instruments often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Over the years I have done work for many professionals and students giving me a great insight into finding good quality instruments.
I set up The Violin Studio to truly support string players from the ground up all the way to concert level. Originally I only used to stock instruments above $600(for violins), but due to demand for beginners I decided to sift through the lower end instruments available in Australia to find the best quality instruments that you can find here for their workmanship, sound and materials used.
Not only that, I also set them up like a professional instrument the way only an experienced violinmaker and restorer can.
If you are looking for a large variety of instruments regardless of quality, this is not the place to look for a beginner instrument. I only have one entry point price instrument, because I have looked at what else is out there, and as a violinmaker with 25 years experience, as well as a player, frankly the choice is frustrating… I have seen too many beginners give up in disgust thinking that they don’t have what it takes to become a good string players no knowing that a nice instrument could have made all the difference!! I just find that sad.
All instruments available at The Violin Studio have been thoroughly researched and tested by a professional violinmaker as well as professional string players and teachers.
I grew up learning about violins. At the tender age of 4 I spent countless hours in the small violin making and restoration workshop that my father owned near Hamburg in Germany. My father is a German Master violinmaker with over 55 years of experience.
25 years ago, I decided to continue my passion for stringed instruments and learn with my father and become a violin maker and restorer myself. It was not easy and took many years. I learned the craft from my father at first and in 1990 went to Germany, where I got further training and got to work and restore fine antique instruments often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Over the years I have done work for many professionals and students giving me a great insight into finding good quality instruments.
I believe our instruments to be the best quality instruments available in Australia in their respective price classes. I get a lot of positive feedback from string teachers.
Introducing the Vivace Violin, the amazing sounding violin at a beginners price.
“The Vivace Violin is the best sounding instrument I have come across in it’s price class as well as much more expensive violins”
Now quality instruments have finally cracked the $500 barrier!! Up to now anything below $500 could only be described as a toy. Now there is the Garibaldi Vivace violin and you can be playing on an amazing sounding violin set up like a professional instrument.
It is made from quality timbers and produces a beautiful sonorous sound usually associated with violins of much greater value. At the low price of $495 it is well within range for school violin students and beginners.
It is a known fact that cheap violins have in the past and still are diminishing the sound quality of school and youth orchestras as well as making playing no fun for young players… so don’t make the mistake and buy an instrument from a normal music shop that has no trained violinmaker.
At The Violin Studio I make sure that absolutely every instrument that is sold is fully professionally set up and carefully checked before it leaves the shop. I often come across Instruments sold through shops that need to have up to $385 of work done just to be playable!! That is a risk not worth taking. Our instruments may cost slightly more than at other music shops, but you get hundreds of dollars extra value and the assurance that each instrument has been set up, played and fully inspected by a fully trained violinmaker. (Click here to check the comparison)
Finally violin playing can be fun, easier and sound great without the huge outlay. With its fully professional set up the Vivace Violin is an easy instrument to play and a wonderful instrument to listen to. You also get a quality bow a lightweight shaped violin case with pocket for music and rosin so you can start playing straight away.
If you order an instrument and are not happy with it, you can send it back on our 3 months money back guarantee! I will fully refund you for the instrument, so you can’t really loose… I really wouldn’t want you to play a violin that you don’t like.
At The Violin Studio we make sure that absolutely every instrument that is sold is fully set up and carefully checked before it leaves the shop.
I often come across Instruments sold through shops that need to have up to and over $385 of work done just to be playable!! That is a risk not worth taking. Our instruments may cost slightly more than at other music shops, but you get hundreds of dollars extra value and the assurance that each instrument has been set up, played and fully inspected by a fully trained violinmaker.
The Violin Studio Set up includes:
- Planing the Fingerboard to a professional standard. This means that you will have a fingerboard that has the same shape as that of most instruments that you will hear in concert halls around the world ($110 value)
- I will fit a professional quality French or German bridge crafted by a master violin maker with specialized acoustic knowledge to make the instrument sound the best that it can.($90 value)
- Fit a professional quality soundpost to really bring out the rich tonal qualities. There is a reason that in many languages the soundpost is called the “Soul”. It takes a master to fit and move the soundpost into the right position to really make the instrument sing. ($30-60 value)
- I always fit the Instruments with great quality strings for that rich sound. they alone cost $65
- Each peg is carefully refitted to make sure that if is very easy to tune the instrument using the pegs. (Between $30 and $70 value)
- The tailpiece is checked and refitted to make sure it is in the best acoustical position ($20 value)
- I check and recheck the string height and spacing to make sure it is absolutely perfect. It is only easy to play the violin when the string height is absolutely right. ($20+ value)
- I make sure that everything about the bow works well.($20+ value)
- I always play each instrument and adjust it until I’m so happy with it that I want to keep the violin myself. I always try out the instruments far too long, because they are so much fun to play. This way you can be sure that when your instrument leaves my workshop, everything about it is perfect. (Priceless)