Deciding what violin to buy when you get started is tricky, and I really encourage students to get the best they can within their budget. So the smartest thing to do is to stick with a place that's going to have a money-back guarantee, that has a long standing reputation, and that will do everything they can to help you.
Also, guys, listen up.
I want to place a big ol', fat warning here:
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!!
Don't expect to spend $50 and get a $1000 dollar violin. It's just impossible for a factory made instrument to be of comparable quality to an excellent instrument made by a luthier.
So here's the trick- get a factory instrument and run it by a luthier! With the junky products you'll find on Amazon, you'll find yourself putting more money into the instrument to get it to sound normal, and so many headaches that you'll either smash the fiddle in frustration or delegate it to a corner of your attic.
The violins that I recommend start at $329, and that's really the best you can get started with, BECAUSE you want to be working with an experienced luthier who can set up the violin for you, and you know the pegs will fit in the hole, and there won't be a missing piece somewhere that renders it unplayable. This is the price for your peace of mind, and it's worth every penny.
What was that? you found a cheaper violin on Amazon? Yes, ok, of course you can buy cheaper instruments! I know you can, and I'm sure you can come back to me with many, many examples of people who bought violin outfits for $40 or less.
The thing is, though, that I've never seen one I was impressed with, and I have high standards. Pegs that slip, warped bridges that demand immediate (expensive) attention, or missing soundposts are the rule and not the exception
I also suggest starting out on an acoustic violin, since electric can be distracting.
Also, you can get a comparable quality electric for about 5x the price of a comparable quality acoustic. So that's another reason to suggest starting with an acoustic.
Acoustic violins are awesome, and nothing beats the feeling of an instrument vibrating under your chin. It's really a special feeling, which really gets you connected quickly to your instrument. Starting out with an electric can make it much more difficult to connect to because of all the wires and technology involved, and little to no natural vibration in the body of the instrument.
I know that, no matter where you are in the world, that the Fiddlershop staff will be on hand to take care of you, and so I can stand behind their instruments a thousand percent. And so can you!!
Now go get yourself a violin, babe! And be in touch with me about it-what your experience was, and if you love them as much as I do. There are videos of all the violins on the main page, and you can also read reviews from previous customers on the individual pages of each violin. We're going to find your perfect violin, and I'm so excited about this partnership!