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Types of Violins

Violins, violas, cellos, sheet music, and string accessories can be seen from the front entrance of Amro Music StoreViolins come in all different shapes, makes, models, and sizes. They are typically classified into four levels: beginner, intermediate, performer, and top-line.


Beginner Violins

Did you know that orchestra teachers can often tell which students will drop out of orchestra by looking at the quality and condition of the instruments that they're using? Why is that? 

one of Amro's many beginner violin outfits

It's because an instrument that is difficult to play or won't perform properly is a huge discouragement to beginning musicians. Like anyone learning a new skill, a beginner can find it challenging to make the first sounds. The instrument used during the first few months of study is critical in determining the success or failure of a young musician.

Beginners are learning the basics of making the notes, so beginner violins typically don't have the features to produce a high-quality tone. They're designed for early use and gratification for the student. A beginner doesn't need the most expensive violin, but he or she does need a violin that plays easily and responds to the less-refined movements of a beginner. 

A young girl playing her violin outsideQualities of a beginner string instrument:

  • Lower strings (When the strings are too high, the player has to press down hard on the strings to get the right note.)
  • Easy to tune and stays in tune longer (The tuning pegs fit properly and don't slip)
  • Strings that respond freely when played
  • Suitable bow hair in good condition 

Step-Up Violins

By the end of the first year of musical study, a student is already outgrowing their beginner instrument both physically and musically. A musician's instrument should grow with them. This means it's time to step up to a more advanced, higher-quality instrument that will complement their developing music skills.

 a side view of one of Amro's many performer violinsAdvantages of step-up instruments:

  • Larger and fuller sound
  • Clearer, more pleasant tone, 
  • Quicker response time
  • More powerful resonation
  • Better dynamic expression and control


You may be wondering, "How advanced of an instrument is needed at this stage of musical study?" Here's a breakdown of the different step-up levels to help you decide:

A side view of at least 20-30 violins lined up on a tableIntermediate 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. Higher-quality bows speed up response time for the player. Intermediate violins are popular with junior high and high school orchestra students. 
The back view of a finely crafted and ornamented master line violinPerformer violins are often made by hand. Constructed of choice maple woods, these instruments produce a rich, pleasing tone. Our string associates give individual attention to each instrument, to ensure evenness of tone throughout its entire range. Performer violins are designed for serious music students in both high school and collegiate music programs.

Master violins combine all of the manufacturer's best materials, features and expertise to create the ultimate violin. These fine instruments are primarily used by professional musicians, graduate-level music students, college professors, and symphony players.

If you have more questions, contact an Amro instrument specialist by phone at (901) 323-8888.