Violins

Our Violins span a huge range of brands, prices and sizes. We stock a wide range of violins from top manufacturers including Yamaha & Stagg as well as manufacturing our own popular Gear4music violins. We have worked tirelessly to develop and refine a range of quality violins at very accessible prices and we are now one of the leading Violin retailers in Europe.

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Violin History:

Although Violins have ancient origins, they acquired most of their modern characteristics from Luthiers in 16th century Italy, where the instrument was a viol rather than today’s violin. It wasn’t until the Baroque period that the violin began to flourish with respected composers such as Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach using violins in many of their compositions. Since then the violin has gained much love and respect from around the world as both a solo and concert instrument. Violins are now played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres including classical, jazz and folk.

The Violin is a four-stringed acoustic musical instrument that is played with a bow. It heads up the string family of instruments that also features the viola, cello and double bass. Sound is usually generated by using the bow, which consists of a stick featuring a strip of horse hair. Although there are many other techniques such as pizzicato (plucking the strings) to name one, the use of the bow (or arco) is the most common way to play the instrument. Rosin is rubbed on the bow hair to ensure its smooth progression across the violin strings and create necessary resonance.


Finding the right size Violin is crucial for comfortable playing. The best way to measure this would be hold your arm out straight and measure the distance from your neck to your wrist. Make a note of the length, check the size guide below and select the nearest size above the measurement you have taken.

Violin Size Guide

4/4 Size - ages 11+ - 58cm+ (approx)
3/4 Size - ages 9 to 12 – 56cm (approx)
1/2 Size - ages 7 to 9 – 51cm (approx)
1/4 Size - ages 5 to 7 - 46cm (approx)
1/8 Size - ages 4 to 6 - 42cm (approx)
1/10 Size - ages 4 to 5 - 38cm (approx)
1/16 Size - ages 3 to 5 - 36cm (approx)

Violin News

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Children urged to stick to one musical instrument

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Disputes over authenticity of 'Titanic violin'

Historical societies in the UK and the US have questioned the authenticity of the instrument.... More »

Recovered Bulgaria violin may belong to Stradivarius

The violin in question could be the one stolen from London Euston station in 2010.... More »

Violin aboard the Titanic to be auctioned

The instrument is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley.... More »

Rare violin rakes in over £3,000 at auction

The instrument was put up for sale at Barnard Castle.... More »

Rare violin to be put up for auction

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