A Guide To the Stentor Violins Range | Normans Blog

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 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 1018 Student Standard Violin - Best value beginner's instrument

Stentor 1018 Standard Violin
  • 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 1400 Student Violin - excellent and reliable instrument for beginners 

Stentor I 1400 Student Violin

  • 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

Stentor II 1500 Violin
  • 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 

Stentor Conservatoire Violin

  • 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

Alternative brand choice:

Forenza Prima 2 - Best all-round

  • The Forenza Prima violins are designed to give a student the finest potential start to their music career. Designed with leading string educators in the UK to create a new standard in both quality and value, they integrate technical specification with a precise set up to provide a superior violin
  • The hand carved Prima bodies feature solid ebony fingerboards and are made from selected tone woods. Ebony pegs, nuts and saddles, are fitted as standard, together with upgraded premium strings with E string protector.
  • Not only can you just get the violin alone, you can opt to receive everything a beginner musician could ever need; featuring a lightweight case, wooden bow with rosin, clip-on tuner, shoulder rest, portable music stand and spare strings. 
  • Available in sizes: 4/4, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10


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