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Starter Violin?
Looking for a good budget Starter violin to use at school
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Lachy1141
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March 17, 2016 - 5:36 am
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Hi! I'm looking for a good budget starter violin to use at school and my location is NSW Australia i have no idea of any nearby stores or what to look for (Besides a violin)

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Not sure how rental contracts might be where you are, but in my city in Texas, it is often a good idea to rent for a short time while you are deciding whether you really want to play violin or not. Here you can generally find month-to-month rentals (no long term contract required) for about US$ 25-30 per month.

If you want to buy, it really will depend exactly on what your budget is. Lots of people (myself included) have successfully started on very cheap violins like a low-end Mendini or Cecilio model (available online at many stores for around US$100 and less, down to as low as about US$60), but a violin like this will probably only last you for a few months before you'll want a better violin. With the very cheap violins, you also need to be prepared to tinker around with them - by adding peg compound to keep the pegs from slipping, for example. I would recommend not going with the very lowest price point if possible, to save some frustration with the pegs and tuning. Fiddlershop does recommend a couple of US$89.99 and US$109.99 Cecilio models that may be good bets at the lower end of the price spectrum, through I have not tried those models myself to be able to comment.

Good luck with your search for a violin!

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We do ship to Australia. What is your budget? From time to time I play certain instruments for buyers and upload a video before making up their minds.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
We do ship to Australia. What is your budget? From time to time I play certain instruments for buyers and upload a video before making up their minds.

My budget is $1000AUD

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$1000 AUD is great, about $762.00 US dollars. You can get a great violin from Pierre / Fiddlershop for half that amount. If I were you I wouldn't mess with the cheapo's.

Good luck.

 

Ken

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yes, with that budget you have many great choices. My violin is a Johannes Kohr K500 and I like it a lot. I expect to be playing it for years to come. Fiddlershop stocks it.

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March 18, 2016 - 10:55 am
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One of my favorites at this price:
http://fiddlershop.com/fiddler.....iolin.html

I could choose one, record it and wait for your approval, then you can make the purchase if you like. There is a full satisfaction guarantee but that would not include shipping to Australia. 🙁
I believe the shipping will be around $60

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What a handsome violin!!  How fun - to buy a new violin!!

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