Welcome to our children’s violins guide
Here I’ve put together all the violins we offer in children’s (fractional) sizes with some advice about each model. (Scroll down to go straight to the violins.)
Keep in mind:
- All the violins here have been carefully selected for their quality and value
- They are the best children’s violins we’ve found at each price point
- All our instrument are professionally set up with quality fittings, built to last
- So whichever of these violins you choose, rest assured that you will have a great value instrument
It is generally advised to buy the best violin that your budget will allow. Your selection of violin will depend on your child’s age, the size of instrument needed and their experience in playing the violin:
- An older beginner will need a better instrument than a younger beginner
- A child who has already been learning will need a higher quality instrument than a child who is learning for the first time
- If you are choosing a bigger instrument (e.g. 3/4) better to choose a higher quality violin than if you need a smaller (e.g. 1/8) size
Our guide will point you in the right direction:
Our children’s violins are found in two families, the Primavera family and the Eastman family. The Primavera family is perfect for new beginners and for young children/small sizes. The Eastman family is ideal for those children who have been playing for a year or two and need a bigger size, children who have been playing a rental instrument and now need a step up, and for older beginners. And we have the Rainbow range for those kids who like some bling!
Here are all our children’s violins, arranged by family and by price. When you’ve chosen your ideal new violin, visit the product page to add it to your cart. Not sure what size your child will need? Check out our guide here. If you need any other information not available on our product pages, please don’t hesitate to Ask Rhoda!
For a fun and attractive option, we have the Rainbow Coloured Violin outfit. This child size violin is available in 1/8 (pink only), 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4. They come in vibrant pink, blue and purple, with matching coloured bow and styrofoam case. The Rainbow coloured violins were created to encourage children to take up the violin. They will add glamour and fun to any practice routine! From £108.
The Primavera Violin Family
The small sizes and quality fittings in the attractive Primavera family make these violins perfect for new beginnners and for young children. The Primavera violins are attractive, they sound good and have quality fittings and built-in durability ensuring these violins are a class above other student instruments on the market and represent exceptional value for money. There are six violins in the Primavera range.
**Outfit means that violin, bow and case are all included in the price.
1. The Primavera 90 Violin outfit. This is the entry level children’s violin available in sizes 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4. It is the budget option for young learners. As an entry level instrument the Primavera 90 is the only instrument in its class with rosewood fittings. Stylish & attractive feature but also durable & practical by design. Violin, matching bow and lightweight case with reflective strips from £85.
2. Primavera 100 Violin outfit. An exceptional instrument for the education market, the Primavera 100 is supplied with ebony fittings as standard. Its quality ebony pegs are longer lasting, easier to tune & keep their shape longer. Great choice for budget minded families. Violin, bow and lightweight styrofoam case. The Primavera 100 violin outfit is available in sizes 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4. From £99.
3. Primavera 150 Violin outfit. This is a new outfit designed & priced between the 100 & 200. It features an ebony fingerboard & fittings and a distinctive new green case. The Primavera 150 violin outfit is supplied with a ‘student proof’ black composite bow and lightweight case. It is available in 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4 sizes. From £125.
4. Primavera 200 Violin outfit. The Award Winning Violin Outfit. Chosen as the Best Orchestral Bowed Instrument by the UK Music Industries Association at the 2013 national awards. The ebony outfit in a satin varnish. Particularly popular for education hire because of its built-in durability and great design. The Primavera 200 violin comes complete with composite bow, rugged case design & quality ebony fittings for a long service life. Available in sizes 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4. From £139.
5. Primavera 200 Antiqued Violin outfit. The Award Winning Primavera 200 has been taken to a new level. By reworking the varnish to create a hand-
6. Primavera Loreato Violin outfit. A superb quality, hand-crafted, violin for the serious student. The most highly finished and exquisitely detailed instrument in our Primavera student range. Packaged with the Primavera Oblong Case the outfit is completed with the Primavera Composite Bow. Recommended for beginner – Grade 2. The Primavera Loreato Violin is available in sizes 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4. From £198.
The Eastman Family
The Eastman violins will be ideal if your child is an older beginner (10 – 12+), if you are looking for a bigger sized violin (especially 4/4 or full size), or if your child has already been playing violin for a few years. A violin from the Eastman family is the perfect first full-sized instrument for your son or daughter and a great step up from a rental instrument. The Eastman violins are ideal for those serious students who want a great looking, great sounding instrument for their school performances, lessons and practice sessions. Their sound is full and robust and your child will be delighted to pick them up and play! There are three violins in the Eastman family:
1. First in the Eastman family, we have the Westbury Violin outfit. It comes complete with Brazilwood bow and dart shaped case. The case is good quality with adjustable and detachable straps and a nice leather handle. It has an external zipped music pocket, inside blanket and plenty of room inside the case for shoulder rest, rosin and other bits and pieces. The Westbury violin outfit is available in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8 and 4/4. If budget allows, this violin is ideal for the serious young student, or a great first step up from a rental instrument. Also in antique finish from £355 (pictured right). Great looking and sounding, the Westbury violin represents outstanding value for money. From £248.
2. The Concertante Violin is a superb student violin. It is a great looking and sounding instrument, with a fuller sound than the Westbury. Superb value for money. The Concertante violin comes in 3/4 and 4/4 sizes. It is ideal for a child or teen who is approaching intermediate level. Also a great option for adult beginners. It is priced as a violin only, but may be made into a bespoke outfit (violin, bow and case) at a discounted rate. Also in antique finish (from £374). From £504.
3. The most advanced violin that we offer in smaller-than-full size is the Master Series Stradivari Violin. The Master Series Stradivari violin has a powerful and robust tone. Its top is from European spruce, giving a fantastic ring to the sound. It is a bright instrument and is slightly louder than its Guarneri sister violin. This violin is very popular at the moment. The Master Series Stradivari violin is available in 7/8 and 4/4 sizes. It’s a fabulous instrument for a serious young player (age 10+ to teen) who is approaching the mid grades. From £798.
If you are looking for a more advanced violin for your serious young student, look at the Heritage Stradivari Violin and the Wessex Violins. Both violins are popular with advanced high school and conservatoire students, and also with professionals as a second instrument. Visit the product pages to see detailed photos of both these instruments and to watch video demos of them being played.
Rhoda Barfoot is a violinist and experienced strings teacher and is director of The Strings Family. Think of Rhoda as your personal advisor for the stringed instruments world! If you have a question about stringed instruments, music study or related topics, check with Ask Rhoda on The Strings Family website.