Do you know what to look for in a great string instrument? Does your child even need a quality instrument as a beginner? What do you need to know when considering renting or buying from an online store?
We’ve got the answers you need to make a smart decision for your student musician.
Does my beginner student need an expensive instrument?
A quality string instrument is essential for a beginner student, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. While costlier instruments can offer superior sound and craftsmanship, a well-made, affordable instrument can provide a student with a solid foundation to start their musical journey.
Regardless of price, quality instruments ensure that a student can learn proper technique, produce clear tones, and experience the joy of playing music without struggling against the limitations of a poorly constructed instrument.
Making sure your child has a quality instrument is about fostering a positive learning experience, encouraging the student’s passion for music to flourish, and setting the stage for potential growth and advancement in their musical pursuits. In essence, a beginner deserves an instrument that facilitates their learning and instills a love for music, even if it doesn’t break the bank.
What Do I Need to Look for in a Quality Instrument?
- Craftsmanship: The quality of craftsmanship significantly impacts the sound and playability of a string instrument. While it’s tempting to choose a cheaper option, remember that poorly made instruments can hinder your child’s progress.
- Playability and Sound Quality: Before purchasing, have your child try out the instrument if possible. Pay attention to its playability—how easy it is to press the strings down and produce clear, resonant tones. Listen to the instrument’s sound; it should have a rich, full tone with good projection.
- Materials and Build: The materials used in an instrument’s construction play a significant role in its sound quality and durability. For string instruments, solid wood tops, backs, and sides are preferred over laminated wood. Instruments made from high-quality tonewoods like spruce, maple, and ebony tend to produce better sound.
How can I Evaluate Craftsmanship, Playability, and Materials as a Parent?
As a parent, it’s hard to know what instrument makers are considered “reputable.” One of the best ways to ensure a quality instrument is to seek guidance from a music teacher or instructor. They’ve worked with shops and instrument sellers and will guide you to those who previous students have had a good experience with.
Other options include researching the brand, reading customer reviews, and consulting online forums or music communities.
You can also visit a local music shop like Day Violins and speak with our experienced professionals. Consider renting the instrument initially, to allow your student to test it out without a long-term commitment.
I Want to Buy Online. What Should I Be Thinking About?
Purchasing a string instrument online can be convenient and you may even be able to get a good deal, but it’s crucial to do your due diligence. Here are things you should be aware of before clicking “buy.”
- Is this a reputable seller? Stick to well-established online retailers or websites specializing in musical instruments. Look for customer reviews and ratings to gauge their reputation. Buying from an unknown supplier brings a higher chance of cheap and poor quality.
- Know their return policy: Ensure the seller offers a reasonable return policy if the instrument doesn’t meet your expectations or fit your child’s needs.
- Ask questions about craftsmanship, playability, and materials before buying.: Contact the seller with any questions or concerns you may have about the instrument. Inquire about the instrument’s history, condition, and any warranties.
- Beware of additional costs: Be aware of any additional costs, such as shipping fees or the need for accessories like a bow, case, or rosin that don’t come with the instrument purchase itself.
For beginners, renting a quality instrument is a cost-effective option. It allows your child to explore their interest in music without committing to a purchase immediately. Remember, as your child grows they will need to upgrade their instrument to fit their growing bodies as well as their skill levels.
What you can count on from Day Violins.
Day Violins rental programs always offer quality instruments with a full kit (case, rosin, bow, and more) with each rental. You also have the option to add the Strings to Scroll maintenance plan to cover accidental damage and normal wear and tear to your instrument. When you are ready to purchase, we have a generous rental credit policy.
You can rent or purchase a quality instrument from Day Violin both online and in our shop. We encourage you to ask all the questions we’ve listed here to ensure you are comfortable and happy with the instrument you’ve selected to be part of your child’s musical journey.