Breaking News! LONDON (Reuters) 2011- A rare Stradivarius violin that once belonged to the granddaughter of English poet, Lord Byron, sold for a record £9.8 million at auction. Is that really how much a violin cost?!

DON’T PANIC! Here at Normans Musical Instruments, we can provide you with a quality, and great sounding Violin no matter what your budget is.

Strings for Starting

It is no myth that the younger you can start learning a musical instrument, the better. The violin is no exception. I’m not saying that you can’t learn a musical instrument in your 90’s. In fact, I positively encourage it! But, if the aural and physical dexterity and techniques required can be trained and finely tuned at an early age, you have all of your life to improve and perform!

Forenza Uno

The Uno Series provides the best value for money whilst still maintaining good quality features. Built to the same specification as the Stentor 1018 range, this outfit is ideal for beginners, and available in Full3/41/2 and 1/4 size.

Featuring a well-made wooden body and a good quality bridge, hardwood tuning pegs and fingerboard as well as integral tailpiece with 4 fine tuners, this will get you off to an ideal start. The outfit comes supplied with a solid bow, carry case and rosin. All you need to start your journey is included.

Because of the great value, under £50, these Uno models are also perfect for growth spurts and growing children! As you are moving through different sizes of  a violin and having to change your instrument every 18 months or so, the Forenza Uno makes total musical and financial sense.

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Prima Donna; “the star of the show

For those looking for the best value violin money can buy, but without breaking the bank, I introduce you to the Forenza Prima 2.

The most popular, brilliant sounding, amazingly well-built, tonally superlative violin you can buy, for under £100! When you play and hear a Prima 2, you will think I may have missed an ‘0’ off that price. No. Less than £100! The Prima has the same specification as the Stentor II models.

Made from quality tone woods, solid ebony fingerboard, chinrest and pegs, it really is well manufactured. The profiled bridge, premium strings and fine tuners allow for a superb tone and consistent tuning. Very important when first staring out, as these key elements raise confidence and develop the techniques and ability better.

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Secondo to None

For those violinists who are looking for a great step-up instrument, one that will take them to the semi-professional/College Orchestral level, I give you, the Forenza Secondo 4 and 6 models. Now you may be thinking, why do I keep going on about Forenza Violns? Simple; quality, reliability, great sound, and unbelievable price in comparison to most others.

series-4-violin-costThe Forenza Secondo 4 is made using professional woods, with Grade ‘A’ spruce top, ebony fingerboard and tuning pegs. Costing under £250, you’ll wish you had upgraded years ago. It really does sound amazing and will improve your playing.

The Secondo Series 6 has Grade ‘AA’ tone woods and is set up and tested in the UK to offer the highest level of quality and reliability. The Series 6 is a serious violin for those wanting the best, but without winning the lottery, at under £350!

Both of these excellent violins are accompanied with an upgraded solid horsehair bow, premium strings, rosin, and deluxe case. Paganini would be proud!

Virtuosic Violins

Now for the Finalé, with our high-end violins, for those discerning violinists wanting nothing but ‘the best’. No, not a Stradivarius, and, surprise surprise, not a Forenza! (Yet)!

Costing under £600, the Stentor Messina hand crafted violin is an instrument of beauty. Carved from selected and figured maple with a traditional coating of hand applied varnish, the depth of tone is wonderful. The solid ebony fingerboard and pegs, with Pirastro strings offers a sonorous and musical production that projects and blends within the orchestral texture when necessary, yet can be rich enough to enhance any solo repertoire.

As an alternative to the Stentor, guess what our bestselling high-end Violins are? Yes, you’re correct; the Forenza Series 8 at under £550 and the Series 9 available for under £650.

With the same high-quality specifications as the Messina, the sound and playability is outstanding. Aged maple, solid ebony, premium strings and bow, all makes for an instrument of class. A warm and rich tone is exactly what those in semi-professional orchestras and Music Colleges can expect.

Senza Doubt!

If you are looking for the best quality, best sounding and best value for money violin to suit your budget, you have come to the right place. From under £50 to over £600 you will not find a more suitable and great sounding Violin for your money.

Here at Normans Musical Instruments, our focus has always been on quality.

Quality of sound, quality of service, quality of price.

About the author

Nick joined the Normans Sales Team after a musical career spanning 35 years; firstly as a principal trombonist in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service for 24 years, performing around the UK and worldwide, including on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and then within the education sector teaching GCSE and A Level Music and Music Technology. He is a keen Big Band, Jazz performer and Hi-Fi enthusiast.

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