Buying a Violin or Viola
Children need to be measured for a violin (or viola) as they learn on different sized instruments.
Year 3 pupils usually start on a 1/4 or 1/2 but can sometimes need an 1/8 size
It is advisable to hire in the first instance from HMS. The advantage of hiring is that once a child grows, the next size is available for them to exchange. Click here to hire
By doing this, the pupils receive a good starter instrument and it avoids inferior ones that may be available online. It is very important that pegs work properly, that the violin is fitted with fine tuners and that the bridge is the correct height. The screw on the bow also needs to turn easily so that the bow hair can be tightened correctly.
Buying an instrument
Mrs Kershaw, our upper strings teacher, suggests that you purchase a Stentor 2 model violin from a reputable music shop.
There are also two local music shops who can assist with purchasing a violin of a good standard. They stock a wide range of suitable instruments and will be able to offer professional advice.