Top 3 Beginner Violins for Your Money

You can find beginner violins starting at sixty dollars all the way through the thousands. While swimming through the ocean of information on the internet it’s hard to find a great first violin.

Trust me, I understand.

Before you decide how much money you’re going to spend, make sure you understand how long it will be before you buy a new violin. Remember, violins come in many sizes. Do you want to buy a $1000 violin just for your child to grow out of it a year later?

Cremona SV-175 Premier Student Violin

This is a great starter violin for the student who is still not quite sure if violin lessons is for them. Remember, this is not a $16 million Stradivarius, so it likely won’t last 300 years. But do you need it to?

  • Brazilwood bow included
  • Hard case included
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Comes in seven sizes
  • Price from
    • Violin Outfit (bow & case included) – $179.99
    • Free shipping
    • Grand Total: $179.99 – Click a size above to buy

Scott Cao SYV-150 “Scotti” Violin Outfit

This lovely violin is one step up from the Cremona. Scott Cao is a professional violin maker whose instruments are played by many great violinists. This is his least expensive student model instrument, but many beginners have said great things about it.

  • Brazilwood bow included
  • Case included
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Your choice of steel or synthetic core strings (synthetic core recommended)
  • Available in seven sizes
  • Price from
    • Violin Outfit (bow & case included) – $315.00
    • Free shipping
    • Grand Total: $315.00Buy it here

Johannes Kohr K500 Violin Outfit

If you have a somewhat larger budget, this is a great student model violin that will last longer and sound nicer than the previous two choices.

  • Glasser fiberglass bow included
  • Case included
  • Hand crafted
  • Available in nine sizes
  • Price from
    • Violin Outfit (bow & case included) – $495.00
    • Shipping: FREE
    • Grand Total: $495.00Buy it here


Did you buy any of these violins? Let us know what you think and how your lessons are going in the comments below.

Please note that we try to keep this article up to date with the best bargain violin buys. It was last updated on 8/12/2013.