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Violin Hire

Available Violins

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1/4 Size

Stentor student 1

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1/2 Size

Stentor Student 2

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4/4 Size

Stentor Student 1

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1/4 Size

On its way

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1/2 Size

Etude Model Nagoya Suzuki

Model 220

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4/4 Size

Stentor Student 2

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1/2 Size

Stentor Student Standard

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3/4 Size

Stentor Conservatoire

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4/4 Size

Stentor Conservatoire 1

Each violin hire comes complete with a violin, bow, case, and shoulder rest.  The hirer is responsible for the purchase of consumable items (e.g. strings, rosin, cleaning solutions, fret board stickers, bow hold buddies etc)

Stentor Student 1

The Stentor Student I is the ideal entry-level student violin outfit. This is an instrument that offers reliable, consistent performance and good tone, enhancing the learning process for the student. Each instrument is carved from solid tonewoods with inlaid purfling and good quality pau rosa pegs and ebonised straight grained fingerboard. It is fitted with a good quality bridge and tailpiece with integral adjusters. 

Stentor Student 2

The Stentor Student II violin is recommended by teachers and music services for its quality and reliability. The violin is made from solid tonewoods, in Stentor's unique workshop environment, producing an instrument with good tone, a responsive sound and reliable performance. The pegs, nut and saddle are ebony and the violin is fitted with branded flexible core strings and a quality composite tailpiece with integral adjusters. All Stentor violins have inlaid purfling. The Stentor Student II is the ideal violin for the beginner

Stentor Conservatoire 1

The Stentor Conservatoire violin outfit is chosen by intermediate players and above and often recommended by teachers as a step-up instrument for students. It offers a high standard at a reasonable cost. The instrument is made using an inside mould giving fine detail and accuracy to the assembly of the body. The Conservatoire has a carved spruce front and carved flamed maple back and ribs, finished in Stentor's Shellax™ varnish which has been developed over many years. With ebony fittings and traditional inlaid purfling, this responsive instrument is a high quality outfit often recommended for its sound. It comes with a selected wood bow with natural white horsehair and full mounted ebony frog

Stentor Conservatoire 2

The Stentor Conservatoire II is an enhanced outfit that will impress with its extra features. It is often recommended by teachers as a step-up instruments for students. The violin is the same as the Stentor Conservatoire, but it is fitted with a Wittner Ultra tailpiece with integral adjusters and high quality branded strings. The Conservatoire II has a carved spruce front and carved flamed maple back and ribs. The violin is made using an inside mould giving fine detail and accuracy to the assembly of the body and is finished in Stentor's Shellax varnish which has been developed over many years. With ebony fittings and traditional inlaid purfling, this responsive instrument is a high quality violin outfit. It is also supplied with a selected brazilwood bow

Watch how a Stentor violin is made...

Advantages to hiring over buying

There are so many advantages to hiring a violin over buying one:

  • If you have a child who hasn't finished growing yet, hiring saves you from buying and selling violins every few years when they grow and need the next size up.  You can simply exchange the current violin you're hiring, for a bigger one

  • If you're unsure that you or your child will enjoy the violin, you don't have to worry about the expense of buying one and then wondering what to do with it afterwards. You can simply hire a violin from The Violin Academy and if you decide that it's not for you, just return it.

  • You can ensure that your child is learning on the correct size violin.  Some parents feel that if they buy a violin that's a little too big for their child that they will 'grow into it'.  However this can actually do damage, causing physical injuries.  Playing a violin which is too big for you can force your body into awkward positions and result in bad posture which can have long term effects.  It will also be harder to perfect a technique which means slower progress and an affect on self confidence and motivation.  Some teachers believe that it is actually better to learn on a violin which is a size too small and have found students to progress much more quickly this way.

  • The Violin academy only stocks the highest quality violins with high quality strings.

Measuring for the correct size violin

It is important that you measure your child to ensure that they are learning on the correct size violin which will help them too progress more quickly, have fantastic posture and be able to play for longer periods of time.

How do I measure my child?

Measure the distance from the palm of the left hand to their neck. If the measurement is in between sizes, it is always best to select the smaller size, for example, if your childs measurement is 19" you would select the 1/4 size violin

Violin Size Guide


£12 per month - non Violin Academy Students

£10 per month - Violin Academy Students



Ages 5-6



Ages 6-7



Ages 8-10



Ages 11-12



Ages 12+




Violin Maintenance

1.  Use a duster to wipe the rosin from the strings and wood of the violin, and also the wood part of the violin bow, when you have finished playing.  Failure to do so, over time can result in the need to have the violin revarnished 

2. Never use alcohol or house hold cleaners to clean the violin as it can strip the wood varnish.  You can buy specific violin wood polish to alternatively the oil from brazil nuts. Rub the oil over the wood on the violin, leave it for some time to dry/set and then buff it off with a fresh cloth

3. Don't leave your violin by a radiator, air conditioning unit or by a window.  The violin needs to be kept in the place where the temperature stays roughly the same

4. If your tuning pegs are too difficult to turn or keep slipping, resulting in your violin being difficult to tune, then the pegs will need refitting.  Time to visit a violin workshop

5. Check the bridge.  Make sure the bridge is always standing upright with it's feet fitted flat to the body of the violin.  When tuning your violin, the bridge can sometimes lean., and if left causing it to fall, this can mean that the soundest inside can fall too.  To shift your bridge, loosen your strings slightly before standing it more upright

6. Loosen the bow tension when you finish playing.  If you don't do this, it can cause the wood to warp into an arch shape or cause the bow to shed hairs more quickly. Avoid touching the bow hair with your hands, as the oils on your fingers counteracts with the rosin on the bow.  It's also important to keep your hands clean otherwise dirt from your hands can transfer to the bow hair near the frog.

7. When violin strings start to fray, be sure to change them to avoid breakage whilst you are playing

Terms & Conditions

- It is recommended that you (the hirer) insures the Instrument for at least the Present Replacement Value during the period of hire. It may be possible to add the Instrument to an existing policy of insurance held by you

- Instruments are issued with guidance for their care and maintenance. The hirer is responsible for ensuring all persons coming into contact with the instrument are suitably instructed

- All fees and other charges will be invoiced directly to the hirer, and must be paid within 7 days

- The hirer is responsible for the purchase of consumable items  (e.g. strings, rosin, cleaning solutions)

- In the event of damage, accident or loss of the instrument, The Violin Academy will make arrangements as necessary. Under no circumstances should the hirer carry out or arrange repair to any instrument

- The hirer is liable for the cost of all repairs and/or replacement

- At the end of the hire period the instrument and all accessories must be returned promptly. Instruments must be collected and returned directly to The Violin Academy.  Hire fees will be payable until the instrument is returned.

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