forenza-violinNormans are well known for supplying durable and lovely sounding student and beginners strings, however, we also offer great quality violins for those of you who are ready to upgrade.

In this post I will take an up close look at Normans’ own Forenza Secondo Series and the extremely popular Stentor Conservatoire and Messina models.

I have put together a helpful chart to see how each of the violins compares to each other. I have included the Forenza Secondo Series 4 against Stentor Conservatoire which are both great intermediate models for a keen student from grade 5 and beyond.

A Step Up…

The next model up from these two would be the Forenza Secondo Series 6, which really straddles the gap between intermediate and professional models and is suitable for grades 6-8 and beyond. At the top of the range you will find Forenza Secondo Series 8 and Stentor Messina violin outfits, that will please even the fussiest players, offering you professional standard performance and sound. If you are no longer looking for your first student model, why not treat yourself to a brand new, high quality violin that is able to take you up to a professional level and will not fail to impress others on any occasion.

About the author

Diana was Normans Piano & Strings specialist for a number of years. She is a singer songwriter, plays piano and speaks 3 languages. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling as well as blogging about anything.




  • alberto 17/08/2014 at 8:07 am

    Dear Diana,
    we are going to choose a 4/4 violin in the next month.
    Actually we got a Student II with pirastro string for our daughter.
    At the end I’m not confident on which is the best chioice between Forenza secondo and Messina. Could you be more clear on it? The Messina cost 200£ more then the Forenza. Does the difference justified?
    Thanks alberto

    • Diana Stone 20/08/2014 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Alberto,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. The main difference between Stentor and Forenza is that Stentor have been a well-known manufacturer of strings for over 100 years, whereas Forenza is our own brand, which is why Forenza costs less. Forenza Secondo Series 8 and Stentor Messina are made to the exact same specification, therefore, it is difficult to say which one is better. With instruments that are so similar, it is down to personal preference. The best thing to do would be to try both of the instruments out, however, unfortunately, we will not be getting the Forenza Secondo 8 back in stock until the end of October. If you are looking to upgrade urgently, Stentor Messina would be the best choice as it is also a brand that you are familiar with. If you are able to wait then Forenza Secondo 8 would be the best value choice and we have had some great feedback from our customers on this violin.

      I do hope this helps and please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything else I can do for you.