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I'm buying such a small violin for a small child-does the quality really matter? Should I rent or buy?

Yes, Yes, Yes! The quality DOES matter and it IS possible to get a good quality violin for a decent price. Especially if you rent. Most stores will give you about what you put into a violin, and allow you to trade as your child grows. You won't have to sell it if you have bought it already. Don't buy one on ebay, and don't purchase the instrument until your teacher sees it.

Where can I sell my child's outgrown instrument?

Some local shops will do a trade in. We have a board outside the Suzuki Office in Dunham Hall where we will list instruments to sell, too.

Local Violin Shops

Bearden Violin Shop: Gene Bearden, 8787 Lackland Road, St. Louis MO 63114, 314-427-7570,

Clemens Violin Shop: Julia Clemens, 6353 Clayton Road, St. Louis MO 63117, 314-727-4787,

First String Violin Shop Inc.: Valery Parfenov, 2335 Brown Road, Suite 204, St. Louis MO 63114, 314-426-1192

Halpin Music Co.: 2375 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton IL 62002, 618-462-0666,

Manchester Music: 102 Holloway Road, Ballwin MO 63011, 636 527-5588,

Gateway Strings Violin Shop (formerly Pherson String Shop): Michael Kocher, St. Louis MO 63114, 636-393-8822

St. Louis Strings: 6331 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis MO 63139, 314-644-6999

Mojo’s Music: Bob Moggio, 142 N. Main Street Edwardsville IL 62025, 618-655-1600

Exeter (Schmitt Music): 1400 So. Lincoln Ave -F O’Fallon IL 62269, 618-632-4671 At Hwy 159 Red Label Stgs

Seitz Violins: Geoffrey Seitz, 4171 Loughborough Ave St. Louis MO 63116, 314-353-1312

SHAR 800-248-7427

Southwest Strings 800-528-3430

M-R Music-Great store to buy music! 2616 Metro Blvd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043 314-291-4686

Help for Suzuki Parents

Info about parts of the violin

Pitches for Tuning the Violin

Care and Maintenance

Violin Care Tips

Rosin-an informational article

Purchase and Care of your instrument