Recommended Products Links

Recommended Products Links

Many beginners and intermediate players have a hard time deciding which products to buy since, being a student, you don't have the experience to know which products will suit your needs.  There are a lot of companies that sell very bad equipment at low prices, and people buy them not knowing that these products will make it harder to learn and grow as a musician.  That $50 violin deal may seem to good to pass up, but it will be far worse for your playing in the long run.

So, I'm assembling a list of the products that I recommend so you can be sure that you are getting something worth what you are paying.  I have used all these products personally and stake my reputation on them being a good deal for you.  If you purchase things from these links, we will get a small payment, but it doesn't cost you anything extra, so by buying you are also helping The String Club to grow!

Make sure you read what I say about the levels (cheap options, upgrades, and high quality options) so you know what to expect.  I always recommend getting as high quality as you can afford, but I also understand the need to keep costs down, especially at the beginning.

The "Cheap Options" for each product is the item that costs the least that will still serve the needs of a beginner level student.  If you have been playing for a couple years, you should not be buying from my cheap recommendations because you will need something better to take you further in your playing.  However beginners can buy from this list and know that the equipment will not break right away or result in a lousy sound that makes it no fun to play.

I will be adding to this list regularly, so check back often.  If you have a recommendation for an item for me to add, please let me know in the Forum.  Just click the "Forum" button above!  Thanks!!

Violin Products

Violins - Cheap Option
Franz Hoffmann Full Size Violin (4/4)
Franz Hoffmann 3/4 Size Violin
Franz Hoffmann 1/2 Size Violin
Franz Hoffmann 1/4 Size Violin
Franz Hoffmann 1/16 Size Violin

Violins - Upgrade Quality
Franz Hoffmann Full Size Maestro Violin (4/4)
Franz Hoffmann 3/4 Maestro Violin
Franz Hoffmann 1/4 Maestro Violin

Violin Cases - Cheap Option
Full Size Violin Case
3/4 Size Violin Case
1/2 Size Violin Case
1/4 Size Violin Case
1/8 Size Violin Case

Rosin for Violin, Viola, and Cello - Cheap Option
D'Addario Dark Rosin

Violin Bows - Cheap Option
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (4/4 Violin)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (3/4 Violin)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (1/2 Violin)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (1/4 Violin)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow  (1/8 Violin)

Shoulder Rests - Cheap Option
Everest 3/4 - 4/4 Violin
Everest 1/2 - 3/4 Violin
Everest 1/8 - 1/4 Violin

Shoulder Rests - High Quality
Wolf Secondo Violin Shoulder rest 3/4 - 4/4
Wolf Secondo Junior Violin 1/4 - 1/2 Size

Strings - Cheap Option
Red Label Violin Full Size (4/4)
Red Label Violin 3/4
Red Label Violin 1/2
Red Label Violin 1/4

Practice Mutes
Violin Practice Mute

Don't Fret Finger Tapes
4/4 Violin
3/4 Violin
1/2 Violin
1/4 Violin
1/8 Violin

Books for Beginners
Essential Elements Violin Book 1

Wall Hanger for Violin
Light Color
Dark Color

Sheet Music for Violin
Lindsey Stirling Violin Playalong (8 Pop Favorites)
Lindsey Stirling "Hits - Violin Playalong"
Lindsey Stirling Phantom of the Opera Medley
Lindsey Stirling Les Miserables Medley

Viola Products

Violas - Cheap Option
Franz Hoffmann 16.5" Viola
Franz Hoffmann 16" Viola
Franz Hoffmann 15.5" Viola
Franz Hoffmann 15" Viola
Franz Hoffmann 14" Viola
Franz Hoffmann 13" Viola
Franz Hoffmann 12" Viola

Viola Bows - Cheap Option
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (4/4 Viola)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (13'-14" or 3/4 Viola)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (Junior or 1/2 Viola)

Rosin for Viola - Cheap Option
D'Addario Dark Rosin

Shoulder Rests - Cheap Option
Everest 15' - 16.5" Viola
Everest 13" - 14" Viola

Shoulder Rests - High Quality
Wolf Secondo Viola 15" & larger
Wolf Secondo Viola Shoulder rest 13" - 14"

Practice Mutes
Viola Practice Mute

Don't Fret Finger Tapes
16" Viola
15" Viola
14" Viola
13" Viola

Books for Beginners
Essential Elements Viola Book 1

Wall Hanger for Viola
Light Color
Dark Color

Cello Products

Cello Bows - Cheap Option
Glasser Fiberglass Bow Full Size 4/4 Cello
Glasser Fiberglass Bow Full Size 4/4 Cello
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (3/4 Cello)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (3/4 Cello)
Glasser Fiberglass Bow (1/4 Cello)

Rosin for Cello - Cheap Option
D'Addario Dark Rosin

Cello End Pin Anchor
Xeros EndPin Anchor for Cello

Practice Mutes
Cello Practice Mute

Don't Fret Finger Tapes
Full Size Cello
3/4 Cello
1/2 Cello
1/4 Cello

Books for Beginners
Essential Elements Cello Book 1

Double Bass Products

Bass Bows - Cheap Option
Glasser Fiberglass Bow with French Grip (3/4 Bass)

Rosin
Pop's Bass Rosin

Bass End Pin Anchor
Xeros Endpin Anchor for Bass

Books for Beginners
Essential Elements Bass Book 1

All Instruments

Music Stands - Cheap Option
Hamilton Folding Wire Stand

Music Stands - High Quality
Manhasset

Todd Markey

Todd Markey

Todd Markey is an active orchestral performer in Georgia, frequently heard with the Johns Creek and Carroll symphonies, as well as the Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta. He received a Master in Music Performance in double bass from the University of North Texas in 1997 and taught at Valdosta State University from 2000 to 2004. Todd has a wide range of musical skills, including performance in classical, jazz, and rock styles, as well as composition and music theory. He teaches violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, and ukulele.


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