|posted: 12/5/2003 at 6:53:51 PM ET|
Well, it depends on your budget. A really good violin might be around $800 to well over $1000, but since this is your first, I recommend something under $500. (When you start getting good and serious, you can always "upgrade" to something better) The things that you DON'T want in a violin are painted purfling, alloy or aluminum tailpiece, and anything rosewood, because it supposedly warps more easily. You want the inlaid purfling and some sort of wood tailpiece, because any kind of metal will screw up the sound. You want to look for maple backs, ebony fittings (ebony is typical and good, but there are better woods, just much more expensive) and make sure it has all 4 fine tuners. That's all I can really think of. When getting a bow, brazilwood and pernambuco are the best. But, fiberglass is recommended for beginners. It's just more heavy and, well, not as good. It's stronger though and won't break easily. As long as you treat it well, a wood bow is better. Don't make a huge purchase if you're not sure if you'll keep up with it, because people often make a big purchase and then the intrument ends up just sitting there after a while. You should try to get other opinions too, I probably left some stuff out. Hope I've helped, and good luck!