Are you getting enough out of your violin? Feeling like it’s just not what it used to be? Perhaps you feel the need to upgrade but don’t want to shell out for a whole new instrument. A quick and easy revamp may be all you need to take your instrument to the next level.
At Animato HQ, we have a couple of recommendations to get your violin into tip, top, fiddling shape:
1. Strings: A new set of strings can feel like silk under the fingers and gold to the ear. They can bring life back to dull instruments and motivation back to the practice room. For a mid-level string, try out the Maestro Strings at only $39.95 a set or for a professional sound you can’t go past a good set of Evah Pirazzi, Obligato or Passione strings (starting at $93.00)
2. Bow: Your bow is just as important as your instrument when it comes to producing that brilliant sound. A good quality, well functioning bow can drastically vamp up your performance. If you are happy with your bow but feel it could do with a pick-me-up, a rehair could be right up your ally. Starting at $99, your local luthier could replace the hair bringing life back to your bow. Alternatively, if you really want to up the ante, a new bow could be in order. Basic violin bows start at $47 and go as expensive as you could imagine! (While you’re at it, some new rosin probably wouldn’t go astray).
The set-up on your violin can mean the difference between struggle-city and effortless playing. A quality set-up involves shaping of the bridge, sound-post, nut and fingerboard. When all of these elements work together well, sound moves around the instrument freely and with such ease. It’s well worth the extra dosh investing in a good quality set-up, often you’re violin will feel like a whole new instrument!
Each of these individual repairs can start as low as $33 (basic sound-post adjustment) but you’ll need to contact your luthier for an accurate quote on a whole set-up.
So stringies, we’d love to hear from you:
Are you in the market for a little revamp?
Have tips for improving a violin on a budget?