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Instrument Care
The Case
Weather
Cleaning
Bow Hair
The Bridge
Instrument Repair

Purchasing
Purchasing an Instrument
I
nstrument Sizing for Children

Strings and Instrument Accessories
Types of Strings
Changing a String
Fine Tuners
Chin and Shoulder Rests

Bows and Rosin
Bows
Rosin

Purchasing an Instrument

String instruments vary widely in appearance, sound quality, and cost. When selecting an instrument for purchase, a visit to a store or maker’s workshop will allow the buyer to try a variety of instruments and select one or two to try in practice or performance settings in advance of the purchase.


String instruments fall into three categories:

1) Factory made instruments, which are usually of a lower quality for rental or inexpensive sale.


2) Workshop instruments, which are handmade by a number of skilled luthiers and can range widely in value from step up quality student instruments to those of the Amati or Vuillaume workshops.


3) Handmade instruments by a master maker. These instruments are typically contain the highest quality of workmanship and materials.

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