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How To Buy A Violin

Taming the unruly search for a new stringed instrument

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Ask the Expert: Are Violins & Fiddles Set-Up Differently?

When it gets down to it, do violins and fiddles really differ?

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Sound Advice: How to Find Off-the-Wall Playability

6 things you need to know to determine whether your prospective violin, viola, cello, or bass is setup correctly

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9 Tips for Getting Your Child a Good Student Instrument

A parent’s guide to renting or buying a violin, viola, cello, or bass for school

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Being Involved in the Building of a Custom Violin Can Be Poetic & Even Mysterious

Learn the ground rules before you commission a violin, viola, cello, or bass

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Exhibits of Handmade Violins Offer One-Stop Shopping Experience

Thinking of commissioning a stringed instrument? Or just buying a new stock item? Modern-maker exhibits offer a chance to compare the wares and even meet the luthiers

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Maybe You Should Fret: The NS Design NXT-5 Fretted Violin

Not just for dilettantes, the fretted violin can expand what is possible for violinists

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The Color Purple Can Be an Eye-Catching Teaching Tool

Do colored instruments detract from the orchestra experience? Teachers debate what to do when a student shows up to class with a purple violin

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Modern Stringed-Instrument Makers Exhibits Build Excitement

Players, makers, and dealers can be inspired by ‘new maker’ events 

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How to Buy an Affordable Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass or Bow

Advice from the experts on buying an affordable student instrument or bow. And what's up with those cheap eBay fiddles anyway?

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