The violin is the most modern stringed instrument in the violin family. It has four strings, which are tuned in fifths, and is commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings. A violin consists of different parts: the soundboard, maple ribs and back, a neck, a bridge, four strings, two end blocks, a sound post and some other small components.

The neck is usually made of maple, and it has a flamed figure which is compatible with that of the ribs and the back. The fingerboard is usually made of ebony, but often some other wood stained can be used. The ebony is used because of its beauty, resistance, and hardness. The sound post fits inside the instrument between the back and top, below the foot of the bridge. It transmits vibrations between the top and the back of the instrument. Strings are made of solid steel, gut, stranded steel, or different synthetic materials. They have a limited lifetime.

The voice produced from a violin depends on its shape, the graduation of both the back and top, the wood it is made from, and the varnish in its outside surface.

The violin was first known in Italy, in the early 16th century. The first evidence of their existence comes from the paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrari. These instruments are thought to have been developed from other string instruments of the 15th and 16th centuries.

The violins are used in a wide variety of musical genres. They are frequently used in the Western classical music and in some varieties of folk music. Also, it is played in many non Western music cultures around the world. Other music styles that use this instrument are: rock, jazz, metal, rock and roll, bluegrass music, and country music.
Among notable classical violinists we can mention: Leopold August Abel, Pierre Baillot, Franz Clement, Leopold Mozart, Alessandro Rolla, Niccolo Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate, and Antonio Vivaldi.

At Varsity Music we provide a great range of new and used violins available to buy online. They are the best on the market and serviced by our trained musicians. Our violin shop in Edinburgh is one of the largest here inĀ here in Scotland, UK.


We have 50 old restored violins in stock at all times! Please come in to try them, we are openĀ 7 Days

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