Making the step up from a student model violin to an intermediate or professional level instrument is an important moment for every violinist. It can be hard to know when to upgrade, but there are many clear signs that it might be the right time to take the leap.
Here are 4 common ways to know when to upgrade your violin:
Your current violin doesn't sound the way you'd like it to
More opportunities to perform as a violinist are coming your way
Your teacher suggested it's time
You see yourself playing the violin for a long time
Learn more about why each of these signs might mean an upgrade is in the near future:
1. Your current violin doesn't sound the way you'd like it to: Student model instruments are built to prioritize durability, not tone. Higher quality violins can offer unique tonal quality, response, projection, and looks. The materials violins are coated in, the way the interior is carved, and the craftsmanship of each individual instrument affect all of these factors and are best seen and heard through a playtest. Schedule an instrument demo session today at IMC!
2. More opportunities to perform as a violinist are coming your way: Performing in orchestras, solo recitals, chamber groups, and in local bands can put new demands on your violin. Whether you need more projection, a more balanced tone, or a more consistent sound, upgrading your instrument can help meet those demands.
3. Your teacher suggested it's time: Whether you're taking private violin lessons or are studying in school, your teacher is an expert. If they've noticed that you have the potential to go far as a violinist, and think you're capable of getting the most out of a higher quality violin they may have suggested an upgrade.
4. You see yourself playing the violin for a long time: Student level instruments are valuable teaching tools, but they may not meet your long term needs as a violinist. Investing in a higher quality instrument can be a once in a lifetime purchase that will set you up for success and last the length of your musical career.
These aren't the only signs it might be time to upgrade. You may simply just want a new violin. And we fully support that.