A Practical Guide to Buying Your First Instrument

Purchasing your first violin, viola, cello or bass at Simply for Strings is a fun and relaxed experience.

Purchasing your first violin, viola, cello or bass at Simply for Strings is a fun and relaxed experience.

Customers are invited to spend as much time as they need in order to make the right choice

Buying your child’s first string instrument can be a daunting experience. There is so much to learn about the world of string instruments. The Simply for Strings team of professional musicians, performers and teachers are here to assist in this exciting new purchase and will strive to make your experience a joyful one.

Relax with a cup of tea or coffee in our beautiful showroom as a member of our team plays through some of our beautiful instruments. Our team is here to select an instrument that not only meets your child’s performance and practise needs, but is professionally setup and customised to ensure maximum comfort and ease. We can choose the size your child needs immediately in store – so there’s no need to worry if you forget to bring your teachers notes!

The Simply for Strings range of beginner instruments are constructed using high-quality tonewoods: solid maple for the back, sides and neck; a solid spruce for the top and an ebony fingerboard and pegs. These quality instruments are hand carved for many hours in our workshops based in China and Romania and then professionally setup by one of our accredited luthiers in Brisbane. Our instruments undergo rigorous tests before being displayed in our store to ensure your child will be comfortable (and have fun!) during these critical developing years. Our wide range of instruments are teachers favourites; we work with teachers Australia wide to continue providing the highest quality student instruments available.

There’s no need to book an appointment with us! – just walk on in. Allow your family plenty of time to have a look around our beautiful old church, but more importantly allow for plenty of time to try as many instruments as you like! If your child has been playing for a couple months, make sure they don’t forget to pack some sheet music! Having a fun and simple piece to play on all of the instruments you try is a great way to decide which one is best. Our team members are also able to demonstrate the capabilities of each instrument to ensure you choose the most suitable option for the years to come.

VIOLIN

For the violinists: Our Enrico Violin Outfits are a popular affordable option. These instruments are fully hand-crafted instruments from China, and undergo the aforementioned tests to ensure parents and teachers alike hear beautiful, warm sounds rather than squeaks. The Enrico instruments are an excellent student option as they include a student brazilwood bow, and a styrofoam shaped case.

Our pick for all beginning violinists is our own Arioso Violin Outfit, which is selected and setup by Simply for Strings. The Arioso range are constructed using select tonewoods in China. The range has a beautiful open sound, which is demonstrated in the video below.

All details for our beginner violin outfits can be found on our online store here.

 

VIOLA

For the violists: Our Enrico Student Plus Viola Outfits are a popular affordable option. These instruments are fully hand-crafted instruments from China, and undergo the aforementioned tests to ensure parents and teachers alike hear beautiful, warm sounds rather than squeaks! These are proper viola’s, constructed to be wider and louder than their violin counterparts. These instruments are an excellent student option as they include a student brazilwood bow, and a styrofoam shaped case. Our pick for all beginning violists is the Hidersine Vivente Viola Outfit, which is constructed using select tonewoods in China. This instrument has a rich, true viola voice, and has an attractive antiqued finish. This instrument outfit includes a student brazilwood bow, and a styrofoam case. All details for our beginner viola outfits can be found on our online store here.

CELLO

For the cellists: Our Enrico Cello Outfits are a popular and affordable option. These instruments are fully hand-crafted instruments from China, and undergo the aforementioned tests to ensure parents and teachers alike hear beautiful, warm sounds rather than squeaks! These instruments are an excellent student option as they include a student brazilwood bow, and a soft bag case that is easy to carry to and from school.

Our recommendation for all beginning cellists is the Gliga III Cello outfit, which is constructed using select tonewoods from the Carpathian Mountains, Romania. These tonewoods create a melodious, mellow tone, complimented by the upgraded strings. The Gliga instruments range is a terrific European option for all students and advancing players, and this cello outfit includes a student brazilwood bow and a soft bag/case, that is easy to carry to and from school. All details for our beginner cello outfits can be found on our online store here.

DOUBLE BASS

For the double bassists: Our Enrico Student Plus Ply Double Bass Outfits are an excellent first choice. These hand-crafted instruments are constructed with mixed materials to last the primary and high school years without any compromise to playability. These instruments are an excellent student option as they include a student brazilwood bow (in a German or French style) and a soft bag case that is easy to carry to and from school. Our pick for all beginning and advancing double bassists is the Hidersine Vivente Double Bass Outfit which is constructed using high-quality maple, spruce and ebony. This instrument has a rich, deep tone with plenty of room to experiment with tonal colours! This instrument outfit is a terrific option for double bassists, and includes a student brazilwood bow in a French or German style and soft bag case that is easy to carry to and from school.

If you are unable to come and visit us in store, don’t stress! Our online store displays our entire range of instruments available 24/7, with affordable shipping options Australia wide. With a quick phone call or email, we can discuss exactly what you are after in order to provide the most suitable instrument for you without you having to come in! Simply for Strings makes purchasing an instrument online safe and easy.

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