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Buying an instrument a wonderful and exciting thing. Parents should view this as an investment and an educational experience. Much, if not all of the money spent should be able to recouped upon sale or trade-in of the instrument. This amount will go up as the price range goes up. Here are some guidelines to follow when buying:

  • ALWAYS consult your teacher before purchasing

  • Students should be involved in the selection of instruments and bows

  • Never buy an instrument that is too large, expecting a child to ‘grow into it.’ The correct size should last for a couple of years or longer.

  • A poor quality instrument will be the source of profound frustration for students—and their teachers!

  • DO NOT BUY INSTRUMENTS ON THE INTERNET! Check with reputable dealers that will take your instrument back in trade when you are ready to take a step up in size and/or quality.

  • A poor quality instrument has no resale or trade-in value

  • Comparative shopping is important. Go to more than one dealer.

  • Used instruments can be an excellent option. Check for used instruments at the String Academy of Wyoming.

The first step in buying an instrument is to determine your price range. Here are some very general price guidelines. The prices indicated are for violins. Add approximately 20% for violas and 40% for cellos.

  • $150+ acceptable quality used instruments in good condition

  • $250-$500 acceptable quality factory made instruments

  • $800-$2,000 mass-produced, mostly hand made instruments

  • $2,000-$5,000 student level hand made instruments

  • $6,000-$10,000 good quality hand-made instruments

  • $10,000+ entry-level professional caliber instruments

Recommended Stores

The following shops are excellent places to purchase instruments, strings, music, rosin, music stands, metronomes, and other supplies. They are reliable with fair prices, will give excellent service and will stand behind and service what they sell. There are many other fine dealers around the country, so it is not necessary to limit yourself to these. The Wyoming music stores will tend to have beginner and intermediate level instruments. The others have handle instruments in all price ranges from beginning to artist level. Please support local businesses whenever possible!

D & L Music, Dave Rickard, Proprietor
114 E. Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070
(307) 742-9279

The Music Depot
1708 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001
(877) 638-7755

Hill Music Company
245 S. Montana Ave.
Casper, WY 82609
(800) 265-5044

Wyoming Music
330 S. Walsh, #204
Casper, WY 82609
(877) 237-7322

Boomer Music
3761 S. Mason Street
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525
(970) 223-2424

Shar Products Company
P.O. Box 1411
Ann Arbor, Michigan 10648
(800) 248-SHAR 

Discount String Centre
(A division of The Woodwind and the Brasswind)
4004 Technology Drive
South Bend, IN 46628
(886) 849-3477

Recommended Strings

There are many brands of strings made from various materials. Strings are matched to the qualities of the instrument and the player and preferences can vary greatly. These suggestions are a good place to start in choosing strings.

Violin and Viola

  • Beginning level: D’Addario ‘Prelude’

  • Intermediate level: D’Addario ‘Helicore’

  • Advanced level: Tomastic ‘Dominant’


  • Beginning level: D’Addario ‘Prelude’

  • Intermediate level: D’Addario ‘Helicore’

  • Advanced level: Consult your teacher


  • Beginning level: D’Addario ‘Prelude’

  • Intermediate and advanced levels D’Addario ‘Helicore’

D’Addario ‘Helicore’ and ‘Prelude’ are metal core strings with a metal winding. Tomastic ‘Dominant’ strings have a synthetic core with a metal winding.

Contact Us

James Przygocki, Director and Master Teacher for group instruction

Phone: 307-766-3335


Sherry Sinift, Master Teacher for private lessons

Phone: 307-766-5243


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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