Violins under $3,000

Amati's Fine Instruments

Instruments from this group of makers are an outstanding value. You may view the complete line of instuments we carry from this shop by visiting their web site under the category "Step Up Violins. A link is here: Pictured is their copy of the Kreisler Guarneri from 1733. This and the Guadagnini copy are among our favorites. The Model 513 is a less expensive alternative and also has an excellent tone.

Antique Fractional Violins

Perrin and Associates carries a variety of high-quality antique fractional size violins, which are intended for advanced young musicians. Examples include several French violins from Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, other French violins from Mirecourt, and German violins made in Markneukirchen and Mittenwald in the late 1800s.

Eastman Strings

The complete line of Eastman Strings violins is available at our shop. They begin at just around $1,000. We have worked with Eastman since 1992 and have consisently found their instruments to be outstanding value for students and advanced students, depending on the version. We can help steer you toward the appropriate level.

if you would like more information about the violins that Eastman makes, and their approach to craft, it may be found on the Eastman web site:

GVC Cremona

These violins, also available in all sizes, are of similar quality to the Scott Cao instruments and are priced similarly. The tone colors of these violins offer an alternative to our other entry level violins, with variation in their voices. They are given the same attention in our shop.

Scott Cao Violins

These excellent violins — from tiny ones for 3 year olds to full size violins — have a richness and depth in the sound quality that is rare in an inexpensive violin. Their full size violins make a superb choice as a starter violin for a high school player. Much is added to these instuments in our shop; the bridge and soundpost are created here, and the string selection and adjustment bring out the best the violins have to offer. An entire outfit, including a wooden (not a fiberglass) bow, and case, may be had for just over $600. These are also the violins that are most frequently used in our rental program.