Stentor string instruments have been musicians’ and teachers’ choice worldwide for over 100 years and Stentor have not failed to produce fantastic quality, durable instruments with stunning tone, possessing correct measurements and specifications. All Stentor Violins are handcrafted in their own factory in China and, because they are the largest selling violin manufacturer, they are also able to offer competitive prices to suit all musicians. But which Stentor violin is best for you? I have listed the most popular models in the range in ascending order of their specification as a helpful guide.

Stentor Student Standard Violin – Best value beginner’s instrument

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This is a great student model, especially designed to meet the needs of entry-level violinists on a budget. The instrument still delivers a lovely tone and is carved from solid tone wood with black hardwood pegs and fingerboard, also featuring an alloy tailpiece with four integral adjusters. The Stentor Standard violin comes supplied in an attractive, durable, lightweight case and a good student bow with natural horsehair and ebony frog. It’s ideal as a great value beginner’s violin.

Available in sizes: 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16

Stentor I Student Violin – excellent and reliable instrument for beginners

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Suitable for entry level up to middle grades, the Stentor I range of student violins are a popular teaching instrument, especially with schools and music services. It has more enhanced features than the Standard violin, offering solid, carved spruce table and maple back and ribs. The tuning pegs and fingerboard are made of rosewood and the violin includes a quality bridge and alloy tailpiece with four adjusters. The Stentor I range violins come complete with durable cases and reliable wooden bows.

Available in sizes: 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16

Stentor II Student Violin – Best quality student instrument 

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Possibly the best violin within the student models available, Stentor II will definitely meet and exceed the requirements of entry level and even intermediate students. Stentor II violins have been acclaimed by string teachers all over Europe as an optimum teaching instrument and deservedly so. Handmade in Stentor’s workshops, the violin features a solid, carved spruce table and maple back and ribs. All violins are individually hand shaped and finished with fitted ebony fingerboards and tuning pegs. Alloy tailpiece with 4 integral adjusters ensures accurate tuning. The Stentor II violin comes in a durable, lightweight case and a strong, great quality wood bow with ebony frog, natural white horsehair and traditional wedge fitting for hair. If you are looking for the best beginner’s violin to give you an excellent start, Stentor II is definitely the right one to go for.
Available in sizes: 4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16

Stentor Conservatoire – Excellent step-up instrument for intermediate grades

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Stentor Conservatoire violins are ideal as a step-up model when moving into intermediate grades. It is very reasonably priced, however, offers you high standard and quality to progress comfortably through your studies. The Conservatoire model is hand carved from attractive tone woods with a flamed maple back and ribs and maple neck. Violin is beautifully finished with Stentor shellac varnish and ebony fingerboard and pegs with fitted rope core strings and tailpiece with integral adjusters. It is supplied with high quality wooden bow featuring natural horsehair and ebony frog in a professional style oblong case with integral cover, carrying strap, music pocket and case blanket. The craftsmanship and selected materials behind this great quality violin will impress the audience and help you achieve the most precise and accurate sounds for an expressive and powerful performance.
Available in sizes: 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4

Stentor Messina – Best choice for advanced students

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The Stentor Messina is the first model in Stentor’s high-grade orchestral instruments. This is extremely popular with advanced students working towards becoming a professional violinist. Hand crafted in Stentor’s specialist workshops under close supervision of master maker, this violin is made from selected, figured tone woods with spruce top and maple back, ribs and neck. It is finished off with hand applied traditional varnish and ebony fingerboard and pegs. Each violin is fitted with professional quality Pirastro strings and is supplied in a professional style oblong case, ensuring this well crafted instrument is fully protected. Stentor Messina also includes a top specification pernambuco bow. In a nutshell, Messina offers you everything you need to play to a professional standard. It produces a fantastic, focused and full bodied sound and it is a true joy to play. This violin will amaze and impress audiences anywhere.
Available in sizes: 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4

Please see our Stentor violin comparison chart below: 

Violin-comparison

Fancy something a little different?  

If you are looking for something a little different, more colourful or possibly with more creative options, Stentor have got you covered!

Stentor 1401 Harlequin Violins 

 

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For those of you who like to stand out from the crowd, Stentor have the stunning selection of Harlequin violins to offer. These are modeled on the Stentor 1400 I violin, therefore, will have the same, great quality specification as per the table above. The only difference is that Harlequin series let you pick out a violin in 4 colourful finishes including Purple, Pink, Blue and Black. Brilliant for motivating the younger player while taking the first steps towards becoming a violinist.

Stentor 1515 Electro Acoustic Violins

 

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If you are looking for a violin that will let you get a little more creative, especially, if you are planning on gigging and performing often, the Stentor 1515 violin range may just be for you. Featuring the same specification as Stentor 1500 II violins, these instruments provide a great quality sound and playability and also include an on-board pre-amp for easy amplification and recording. With these instruments not only you will be able to perform beautifully in a traditional, acoustic setting, but you will also be able to use it for gigging, in conjunction with effects pedals to add some more flavour to your sound and the recording process will also be much easier. This model comes in Natural, Purple and Black finishes in a complete outfit.

You may also be interested in: 

Intermediate and Professional Violins – Stentor vs Forenza

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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.

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