Karacha Music boasts a wide range of violins for all ages and abilities from a variety of leading brands, including brightly coloured instruments for customers looking for something a bit different.
Check out our guide to buy a violin today.
The Archetto range is Karacha's best selling range of student-level string instruments which are incredibly high quality yet reasonably priced, offering some of the best value student violins on the market.
The Karacha Violin Starter kit comes complete with everything needed to get starting playing and learning, including a violin shoulder rest, clip on digital violin tuner, sheet music stand, violin stand, violin strings, violin rosin and a violin set up guide with information on placing the bridge and tuning the violin for the first time.
Before you make the leap and decide to start down the road of becoming a fully fledged violinist you may like a little more information so we've compiled the below guide which you may like to read before you buy a violin.
Violin Buyer Information:
The violin is the smallest highest pitched member of the violin family of stringed instruments, related instruments include the viola and the cello. When used to play folk music the violin is sometimes referred to as a fiddle, whether called a violin or a fiddle the instrument itself is exactly the same.
Violins are crafted by Luthiers from a selection of woods including most notably, spruce, maple and ebony. Violins are then strung with steel, nylon or gut strings.
The strings of the violin are positioned on the violin bridge which is held in place by the tension of the strings. Rosin is then applied to the bow and the violin bow is drawn across the strings to create the distinctive sound.
A violin general consists of a spruce top, maple ribs, maple back, neck, sound post, maple bridge, ebony fingerboard, ebony chin rest, ebony end pin, ebony pegs, aluminium tail piece and 4 strings.
In some violins you may find different woods, most notably some manufacturers substitute ebony wood for ebonized woods, another wood or plastic treated to look like ebony, all Archetto violins only use genuine African ebony.
The strings are tuned from the violin pegs and are fine tuned by the small fine tuners located on the tail piece. The pegs needs to hold the strings in place but still be lose enough to tune the violin, to this end some new violins can appear to have pegs which are either too lose or too tight. Loose pegs can be resolved by pushing and twisting the pegs, and perhaps applying a little peg paste or chalk, while tight pegs will usually break in over time.
The tail piece consists of a piece of metal and a gut loop, tail pieces are easily replaced and a new tail piece can bring life back to an old violin.
If you are ever unfortunate enough to hear a rattling noise come from inside your violin it is likely the sound post has become dislodge, this will need to be put back in place by a luthier and typically costs around £25.
The bridge of the violin is a small curved piece of maple which sits between the two 'f' holes cut in the front of the violin. The strings run from the pegs, down the fingerboard, over the bridge and from the bridge to the tail piece.
The bridge is held in place by the tension of the strings and nothing else, we have heard of people gluing the bridge to the violin. Please don't do this!
Many Luthiers will buy uncut violin bridges and cut and groove the bridge themselves. The bridge which comes with a standard student violin will be pre-cut with grooves to hold the strings but many people will choose to have a luthier make bridge adjustments and give the violin a general set-up, this is purely optional and can cost anything from £20-£40.
Most violins will come complete with a set of standard steel violin strings, many tutors prefer violins to be re-strung with gut based strings, but costing anything up to £80 per set this is just not practical for students. We generally advise using the standard steel strings until the student is at a stage where they will appreciate the added sound qualities of the gut strings and then investing in a good set.
A violin bow consists of a shaped piece of Brazil wood, ebony frog, horse hair and metal pin
The bow of your violin should have a natural curve to it, so don't panic if you think it is bent! The tension of the bow is adjusted by twisting the metal end of the, you should tension the bow until the hair is taught and the gap between the hair and the wood is about the size of your little finger.
Violins are available in a range of sizes: Full size 4/4, three quarter size ¾,half size ½, quarter size ¼, eight size 1/8, sixteenth size.
Most children from 11 years up and all adults will use a 4/4 full size violin.
It is very important if you are buying for a younger child that you buy them a suitable sized violin, if you buy the incorrect size they will struggle to hold positions on the finger board and bow the instrument correctly. Archetto violin product pages include more information on choose the correct size for your child.
Violins will always need some minor tuning adjustment, but like a guitar once tuned the violin itself stays roughly in tune, it is unlike a woodwind instrument where you remove a reed at the end of playing. Until a few years ago people would tune by ear using a violin pitch pipe, now the most common way of tuning is to simply use a clip on tuner. A clip on violin tuner will detect the vibrations moving the violin light up to tell you if your violin is in tune, or whether you need to tighten or loosen the strings.
The most recent innovation in the world of violins is the electric violin. Electric violins come in two standard forms, the first is a standard acoustic violin (such as the Archetto Antico) which has been fitted with a pick-up allowing it to be played as a traditional violin or alternatively plugged into an amplified. The second and more common electric violin bears little resemblance to a traditional acoustic violin, these violins are often known at 'silent' violins allowing the violinist to practice in near silence (such as the Archetto Silenzio), with only the player hearing sound through a set of headphones, or alternatively they can plug the violin into an amplified.
The nature of the later electric violins mean they can be built in a selection of weird and wonderful shapes making them a great teaching aid for young players.