Herald AS144 – Violin all solid 4/4 size
Quality with an Affordable Price
The AS144 by Herald is both a reliable and affordable starter violin, making it the perfect instrument for beginners. Similar to more expensive violins, the AS144 violin by Herald features a carved maple and spruce body, made from solid wood rather than laminated wood. This combination of high quality tonewoods and precision carving produces a beautiful sound and tonal warmth which cannot be achieved with laminated wood violins.
Everything You Need To Learn The Violin
The team of instrument makers at Herald had the beginner violin customer in mind when they deigned the AS144 which comes with everything you need to get started learning the violin.
Your new AS144 violin has a perfectly fitting soft case for easy transport and storage. For extra protection, the inside of the case is lined with a soft-touch material that won’t scratch the finish of your violin. There is also a dedicated compartment for small accessories, such as the included rosin. The included violin bow completes your package meaning you’ll be ready to start playing the violin in no time.
- Case: Soft Case for transport and storage
- Bow: Balances and durable violin bow
- Rosin: Standard
Herald AS144 Violin Key Features
– Solid spruce top
– Solid maple back and sides
– Maple bridge
– Black mahogany fingerboard
– Gloss lacquer finish
Herald instruments have been designed especially for people looking to learn the violin and for school level teaching. Finding a good quality budget violin can be a minefield but the Herald range make its east to buy your first violin. Herald violins use the same quality woods you would expect on much more expensive instruments but keep an affordable violin price tag.
Violin Size Guide
With 1/32 size, this is the smallest violin available that fits the 1 to 3 old children. Its quite a rare size as many parent choose to skip right to the 1/16th size.
Before investing in a a beautiful wooden instrument for your 2 year old we would recommend getting some toy instruments first to get your child acquainted with making music in a less formal way.
Once your child turns three to five years old, they will be ready for the 1/16 size violin. If he or she starts playing at this age, you should pick out this size first. It measures 36.8 cm in total length and suits the child with around a 35.6 cm long arm.
The 1/8 size violin is usually the best option for four to six years old students. With 143.2 cm in total length, it will suit the child with an arm length around 41.9 cm.
Children ages five to seven often play on the 1/4 size violin, which measures between 47 – 48.3 cm in length. It will fit students with an 45.7 – 47 cm long arm.
Once your child turns seven to nine years old, he or she will need the violin that measures 52 cm in total length. This instrument is an excellent fit for violin students with a 50.8 cm long arm.
This violin suits nine to twelve years old students. Since this instrument is 21 inches (53.3 cm) long, it is the best option for the child with around an 54.6 – 55.9 cm long arm.
It is a full-size, 23 to 23.5 inches (58.4 – 59.7 cm) long violin for tall teenagers and adults who have arms longer than 58.4 cm. In general, players taller than 5 feet (1.5 m) can start playing this instrument.
Can I Skip a Violin Size?
The dilemma that bothers most parents is whether to buy the next violin size in the list or skip one because the child is growing fast. Its the same problem you face when buying your children shoes or clothes which you know they will grow out of!
In general, it is better to skip ahead one size and purchase an instrument of better quality than waste money on a low-quality, cheap violin which will only be the right size for a matter of months in some cases. It makes sense to invest in quality and its easier to play, sounds better and its also generally easier to resell good quality instruments than very cheap laminated violins.