When a violinist gets past the fundamentals of playing, he or she is usually surprised and pleased to discover the benefits of a step-up violin.
Step-up violins produce a larger and fuller sound, offer a clearer, more pleasant tone, respond more quickly, resonate more powerfully, and allow better control of dynamics (louds and softs). In short, they sound and play better, and help a violinist reach his or her full potential. (They also make playing more enjoyable, encouraging the violinist to play and practice longer.)
Violins are typically classified in four levels: beginner, intermediate, performer, and top-line.
With beginner violins the focus is on easy play and holding a tuning. Beginners are learning the basics of making the notes, so beginner violins typically don't have the features to produce high quality tone. They're designed for early use.
Intermediate violins are for advancing violinists. Flamed, seasoned maple wood gives them a bigger, fuller sound with an open and clean tone. Careful setup of the bridge, soundpost, and strings allows them to resonate more freely. Better bows with high quality horse hair help them respond more readily to the player. Intermediate violins are popular with junior high and high school orchestra students.
violins are made largely by hand of choice flamed maple woods that create a rich, pleasing tone. Individual attention in setup assures that they play easily, respond quickly, and resonate freely. Special attention is given to the evenness of tone from string to string
and throughout the range of the instrument. Performer violins are designed for use by students, both high
school and college, who take their music seriously.
Top-line violins incorporate all of the manufacturer's best materials, features, and hand expertise to create an ultimate violin. They are used by professionals, studio musicians, and symphony players, as well as some amateurs for whom violin is a serious avocation.
With routine care step-up violins, particularly performer and top-line violins, can be expected to last a lifetime — there is rarely a need to buy another violin. (Ask about Amro's Maintenance & Replacement Plan).
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