Sullivan Violins For Sale
The team at Sullivan Violins is committed to helping you find the violin that is perfectly suited for you and your goals. We have a wide variety of violins for sale – from hand-made violins by Ken Sullivan and other highly esteemed contemporary makers, to antique and vintage instruments by prominent makers, to beginner and step-up instruments from top workshops. You can rest assured that every instrument meets our demanding workmanship standards and is properly set up for playability and long-term reliability. Whether you choose an instrument that is penetrating and sweet or rich and rounded, you’ll be able to find a violin custom-crafted to deliver the sound you’re looking for.
Violins for Sale – Our Sound Investment Guarantee
Sullivan Violins guarantees excellence in all aspects of your violin selection and purchasing process – from home trials to trade-ins and everything in between. We understand that you need to hear and feel an instrument to know if it delivers the musical qualities you’re looking for. We also understand your needs will change over time as your skills progress. Our Sound Investment Guarantee allows your instrument to grow with you so you can purchase with confidence and love your instrument.
Musical Elements to Consider
There are so many musical elements that make up an instrument’s sound – here are a few to consider when deciding which of our violins for sale is right for you.
- Vibrance – think sparkles! An instrument with vibrant sound quality dances lightly in the higher register and produces a sound that almost feels like it’s shimmering or sizzling as it fills the room.
- Responsiveness – a.k.a. how easy it is to get the instrument to produce tone. If it takes a large amount of effort, the instrument is not overly responsive. If it produces sound with little to no prompting, it is highly responsive. These factors help with everything from intonation and rhythm to pacing while playing.
- Evenness – this refers to having all notes sound, well, even. As you move from string to string, the notes should easily blend and not abruptly change in tonal quality.
- Color – referring to dark vs. bright. Color can be the dominant feature you hear when comparing instruments. You may prefer a darker sounding instrument where the lower undertones predominate or a bright instrument in which the higher overtones shine through. A pure, dark sound will produce the quality of warmth which can remind you of physical warmth, like the sun on your face. A bright, pure sound can be sweet. These two qualities when combined with vibrance can create either a brilliant or rich tone.