How to Much to Pay for a Professional Instrument and How to Choose one 


Here are some pointers from Strings Notes for those of you with a budget to buy a violin at (USD) $10,000 to $15,000. This category price would also put you in what is classified as “Professional Instrument” category. 

According to this article, this price range is very safe especially if you were to buy an instrument from a modern maker who made the violin from start to the very end. (as opposed to it being assembled by different hands) from experience, the violin would retain its value just in case you would like to resell your instrument in the future.  This means, a cheaper violin may cost less but when selling it, it may be harder to change hands without incurring a loss.  You will also get what you are paying for as the maker would have had the necessary experience, tried tested to incur a sale of his masterworks at this price range. 

Buying old French and German Instruments at this price is also a safe value. Of course, do make sure your violin always comes with a valuation or maker’s authenticity certification and check for cracks and other flaws. Some maybe easily fixable while others may cost hefty sums to reinstate its condition. For such old instruments, it is advisable to seek help from an external Luthier to give you the correct advice before proceeding with your purchase. You may want to consider all costs before buying the instruments. 

In this regard, a lot more players are turning to modern instruments as it is now well researched that modern instruments can sound as well or if not better than their older contemporaries.  Ever wondered how much to spend on a violin? Now we know the price tag! 

Yamaha Music’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (with Lindsey Stirling Performance)

In my final year of law school in England, I had my dissertation paper on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and it’s relevance in the modern world.  So this article from Strings Magazine really caught my eye in doing it in relation to music education being an educator of Music myself. Though this was all the way archive from September 2016, it still left me with a warm feeling that people were being helped by big corporations like Yamaha with their new Music Essentials programme.

This would help music educators to get funding in projects they are embarking on for their students. Music production events are always hefty costs (which I do every twice a year for my students) sometimes costing thousands just for venue rental and other ancillary costs. Wish I could get into this Music Essentials programme too since we do concerts twice a year!

However, at this point my contribution though small, I have priced our Violins and bows (Belcanto Violins) at a reasonable cost, made affordable for more to enjoy a good sounding instrument without a having to compromise on quality. I also donate some Violins to schools around Singapore to promote music education. Interested Schools with violin programs or other art forms do contact us on this. At Belcanto Violins, we support every art form and would be glad to help to be sponsor/partner/donor to your programme.