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TESTIMONIALS

  • I am an adult cello student with piano background. My buddy and I were looking to start cello lessons and found Stradivari Strings. I was impressed with the patience and knowledge Rita has in helping me to select the cello and bow most suited for me. Her specialized shop has a range of cellos and bows that caters to students with different budget in mind. Group cello lessons under Rita has also helped me to transit from piano playing to cello playing effectively. She teaches in a way that engages me at my level of playing and I find myself improving in ways I didnt expect. She also identifies my strength and weaknesses and teaches me the technique to hold, bow and play the cello. I enjoy playing music with the cello more now.
    Mark Anson
    Mark Anson
    Cello student
  • I had a great experience selecting my first cello at Stradivari Strings. Rita had made the process so comfortable and pleasant. She encouraged me to “connect” with the instrument and bow and did not rush me into selecting one. She was patient and provided me with lots of information on the different cello and bows. Cello lessons with Rita are nothing short of fun. She is very enthusiastic, encouraging and approachable. I have progressed immensely under her guidance. She is sharp and makes sure the foundation is done right. With her easy-going nature, it is effortless to start a conversation with Rita. I love to chat with her after lessons. I am also thankful that Rita is always kind enough to re-schedule my cello lessons whenever I need to. These have made my learning journey an amazing and encouraging one!
    Rachel
    Rachel
    Cello student
  • I started violin lessons for the first time with almost zero music background at Stradivari Strings. Violin classes very helpful and fun! My violin teacher Rita is really patient and understanding towards me and is always willing to help me whenever I have any questions or difficulties. The learning environment is very nice and comfortable and even sells violin at an affordable price. I had help from my violin teacher when selecting a violin. Really look forward to more violin lessons! 🙂
    Chin Jing
    Chin Jing
    Violin student
  • We walked into Rita’s shop that day despite in searching for a 1/2 size violin for our 6-year old boy. Despite of no appointment made, Rita was very patient in understanding our needs. She recommended Mr. Yeo Teow Meng knowing the boy was having some violin posture problems. Glad we followed her recommendation. The boy has been enjoying every single lesson with Mr. Yeo, and made lots of improvements since enrolled at Stradivari Strings. The classes are engaging and fun. Thank to Mr. Yeo and Rita, the boy also found his new violin he treasures as his baby.
    Zhen Gu
    Zhen Gu
    Violin student
  • I have always like the sound of the violin and finally took my first step in Nov 2020 to take violin lessons & contacted Rita from Stradivari Strings. Rita selected some violins and bows for me to shortlist by listening to their sound. I’m glad to have chosen a violin that I feel a connection with. During my weekly violin classes, Rita is very encouraging and reassures me that I’m progressing well. Her confidence in me is my motivation to practice & improve. I look forward to taking my first exam next year.
    Shirleen Teh
    Shirleen Teh
    Violin student
  • I have been playing Chinese musical instrument for many years and one of my dreams is to pick up a western musical instrument – the violin. I decided to start violin classes during this pandemic period so as to make full use of the stay home time. I came across Stradivari Strings and made inquiries for adult violin lessons. As someone who knows nothing about the violin, Rita from Stradivari Strings guided me through the violin and bow selection patiently and the process was very informative. I’m also a student of Mr Yeo, a professional-level violin teacher. He is very professional, passionate, encouraging and inspiring. He makes every violin lesson interesting and worthwhile and I am always looking forward to attend his violin classes. I will be aiming for grade 3 ABRSM exams in 2021. So happy to have Mr Yeo as my teacher.
    Vesta Soh
    Vesta Soh
    Violin student
  • I’ve always wanted to learn the violin so after doing some research, I came across Stradivari Strings. I decided to contact Rita cos the plenty of positive reviews convinced me to give Stradivari Strings a try. Teacher Rita is very prompt with answering questions on WhatsApp. The violin and bow selection process was very insightful. Teacher Rita let me try out some violins and bows to find the perfect match for me. I initially wanted a factory-made violin but after the selection process I went for a 100% handcrafted violin and I don’t have any regrets. A handcrafted violin produces a more beautiful sound than a factory-made one. For violin lessons, Teacher Rita was patient, stern, and encouraging at the same time. I like how she’s stern when she needs to be for us to perform better, yet very encouraging at things done right. I highly recommend Stradivari Strings. I’m an adult beginner so it’s really never too late to pick up a new instrument and enjoy it with the right teacher.
    Gen Narciso
    Gen Narciso
    Violin student
  • As an adult learner with no musical background, I am so glad to have chosen Stradivari Strings to kickstart my violin lessons with. The experience was a pleasant one from the very beginning: Ms Rita took great care in helping me select a suitable violin and violin bow, guiding me on what to look out for in an instrument. We also listened to several violins closely before settling down on one that I liked. A patient and encouraging violin teacher, Ms Rita tailors each violin class in a way that would maximize my learning. Her pedagogy made sense, and she always explains her intents clearly. Importantly, every lesson made me feel like I was actively progressing—despite my own doubts—and what a wonderful feeling that is. Already this short experience with Stradivari Strings has helped me to discover a new horizon to music, and I couldn’t be more delighted.
    Zeng Hao
    Zeng Hao
    Violin student
  • I started my violin lesson with Stradivari Strings after a 10 years break. Without any proper knowledge on how to choose my instrument, I was glad to have walk into this place where I was educated on the different violin choices as well as the separate bow pairing for each violin. I was given the opportunity to try the violins and the different bow pairings to hear and see for myself which is the best for me. Learning under Rita allowed me to build stronger basic skills as she made sure that every single lesson was efficient and every small bad habit was brought to light. I am glad to have started my second round journey in learning my violin here as i can see myself progressing and loving my instrument more every day.
    Pearlin
    Pearlin
    Violin student
  • I’ve been playing the viola for about 5 years having learnt the violin prior to switching instruments. I haven’t had any formal viola lessons before this year, and as the viola is not as popular an instrument as the violin or cello, finding a viola teacher proved difficult, and finding a GOOD viola teacher was almost impossible. As an adult with autism, just finding a teacher who could connect with me on my wavelength is a challenging task, and I’ve gone through numerous music teachers in the past, and many could not break down the barrier that is autism. On meeting Mr Yeo, my worries dissipated. Mr Yeo is very patient and encouraging during lessons, and explains things in a way that is both easy to grasp and fun! Mr Yeo also further motivates me in my practice by giving me feedback on video recordings of my practice sessions when I send them to him so that I can make the most out of my viola practice. Since starting viola lessons, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds. I’ve only had 4 adult viola lessons with him and yet I feel like I’ve had many more because of my progress. I am looking forward to learning more from him!
    Lydia Tay
    Lydia Tay
    Violin student
  • After thinking for more than a year about starting violin lessons, I found Stradivari Strings online and decided to go down for a consultation. The entire violin selection process took 1.5 hours and I was given the chance to try out as many violins and bow pairings as possible with Rita’s help. In the end, I decided on a fine, handcrafted violin. I absolutely love my violin and looking forward to progress with it for many many years to come.
    Li Pei
    Li Pei
    Violin student
  • When I first walked into Stradivari Strings to re-string my violin, I didn’t know I’ve walked into a whole new world of experience. Rita could tell I have a lot of interest in picking up violin. And with her sharp eyes, she could tell my old violin was factory made and of low quality. She then proceeded to set up an appointment with me for a new violin since I was so interested. During the appointment, Rita made sure to let me play and emote with each violin and bow, it was a hands on session of playing on a range of violin and bow. She also shared her vast knowledge and experience on violin with me. Throughout the 2 hour appointment on selecting violin and bow, I was taking in all the teachings she had to offer. Alas, I found one that I really loved, although a little out of my budget, Rita took the time and offered to help with financial planning. The class afterwards with Mr Yeo was also amazing. I had learnt so much in 45 mins that I could play twinkle twinkle little star within that session. Thank you Rita and thank you Stradivari Strings for the immersing experience! Highly recommended!
    Terence
    Terence
    Student
  • I have been learning violin for over 5 years. While visiting Singapore, I went to all the violin shops in town. I found my dream violin at Stradivari strings. The owner, Rita, helped me to select violin. She is so knowledgeable in this field! Each violin has its own character and tone quality. While selecting my violin, I also had detailed coaching from Mr Yeo, a very experienced violin coach. He pointed out my bow hold issues and gave me pointers on shifting and executing vibrato. My tone and intonation improved a lot after I learnt these important tips from Mr Yeo. He is an inspiring teacher. Just one class from him improved my playing. With that, I was able to attain distinction in ABRSM Violin grade 5. When I return to Singapore this year, I will take more masterclasses with Mr Yeo. Thank you Stradivari Strings! You are wonderful.
    Franklin
    Franklin
    Student
  • My daughter wanted very much to learn cello as her second music instrument, but without any knowledge of cello, we searched online to find out where to buy cello. My daughter being concerned not to overspend her parent’s money, had wanted to buy a second hand cello online. However I managed to persuade her not to do so. We found Stradivari Strings and arranged an appointment with Ms Rita. We had such a wonderful experience — Rita spent a total of 3 hours with my daughter. During the selection process, she patiently explained the different wood qualities in making cello and bows, and guided my daughter to play on the range available so she can identify the tone quality she likes. With Ms Rita’s unhurried assistance, my daughter was allowed to test play the range of cello and bows. Finally she found the perfect cello and bow and will start with a professional level coach for lessons. My whole experience with Stradivari Strings is very positive. And I am very happy that we came to the right shop and enlisted the assistance of the right person to get the perfect cello and bow for my daughter.
    Lai Meng
    Lai Meng
    Customer
  • Rita at Stradivari Strings is wonderful! I had to get my 6 year old daughter a cello. She was informative, honest and very helpful. She explained the different types of instruments and the prices. When I asked her about lessons for my girl, she offered to help with instructors she knew. My other daughter needs a ukulele and we are getting it from Stradivari Strings … all our best.
    Reham G
    Reham G
    Customer
  • I bought myself a cello from Stradivari Strings. Rita treats her customers like family and really makes them comfortable by understanding their needs and expectations. Her hand is like a magic wand which makes the right cello come to you. I believe the most important thing is you should get connected to the instrument you buy and I am really grateful to Rita for making it possible.
    Gaurav Harchwani
    Gaurav Harchwani
    Customer
  • I found a reasonably priced saxophone at Stradivari Strings and enjoy playing on it. Thanks to Stradivari Strings for patiently explaining to me the various saxophone options available.
    Valerie Teo
    Valerie Teo
    Customer
  • It is my dream to be able to play the violin. Stradivari Strings spent two hours with me giving me detailed and solid advice on how to select a violin. I bought a good quality European violin from Stradivari Strings and I am very satisfied with it.
    Shannon Kong
    Shannon Kong
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings has a wide variety of hand crafted music instruments to choose from. The selection process for my cello is well thought out and clear. My parents and I had an easy time picking a cello which is reasonably priced. Kim at Stradivari Strings has been very helpful.
    Elizabeth Yeo
    Elizabeth Yeo
    Customer
  • Our son Jay has been asking us to get a violin for him for a long time. We contacted Stradivari Strings and were very impressed with the knowledge and service provided.
    Ng Boon Ching
    Ng Boon Ching
    Customer
  • I bought my violin from Stradivari Strings. They have extremely in depth knowledge on violin and violin bows, and were very patient with my questions. I am glad I selected my violin from Stradivari Strings.
    Bonnie
    Bonnie
    Customer
  • My experience with Stradivari Strings in selecting my violin was awesome. The owner gave me a lot of information in order for me to make an informed decision in selecting my violin.
    Bao
    Bao
    Customer
  • It was very fun and interesting to compare various cellos in the shop. All instruments have different characteristics. I love my cello from the beginning, and am grateful for Stradivari Strings to let me meet the instrument.
    Kanako Honma
    Kanako Honma
    Customer
  • I really enjoyed myself during my violin selection session with Stradivari Strings. Rita was very patient and guided me to try a wide range of violin. She educated me a lot of in terms of product knowledge about the violin and the violin bow, and explained to me how to pick a good violin. I spent eight hours over 2 days at Stradivari Strings and selected the violin and violin bow which I will own for life.
    Alyss
    Alyss
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings is very detailed and professional during my violin selection process. They have a wide range of violins suited for the beginner all the way to the advanced player.
    Isaac Leong
    Isaac Leong
    Customer
  • I am impressed by the great selection of string instruments at Stradivari Strings. My 6 year old daughter loves the cello you helped us select at Stradivari Strings. When my son progresses to intermediate or advanced level in violin, I will definitely upgrade his violin to one from Stradivari Strings.
    Mr Tan
    Mr Tan
    Father of 6 year old cellist and 10 year old violinist
  • The streamlined and personalized service I received from Stradivari Strings made my initial experience with the violin wonderful. Now, playing the violin has become my passion.
    Leonard Marion Provido
    Leonard Marion Provido
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings provided a lot of information and great advice to me, during the violin selection process. I spent a lot of time trying out violin and bows and eventually selected one that suits me. Stradivari Strings also recommended an amazing violin teacher to me. I highly recommend Stradivari Strings!
    Miss Yap
    Miss Yap
    Customer
  • I am a music conservatory student currently pursuing music degree. After checking out all the violin shops in Singapore, I decided to select my violin from Stradivari Strings as their collection of advance level violin and bows are impressive. Rita was very patient with me as I spent 2 days at the shop, playing my range of repertoire on three violins which I had narrowed down. Eventually I decided to get a violin hand crafted by Gunter Lobe, who is ranked top 3 maker worldwide who is still alive. I am very happy with my choice and highly recommend any serious violinist to go to Stradivari Strings.
    Jason
    Jason
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings is very friendly and knowledgeable about music instruments. During my violin selection session with Stradivari Strings, I was given a lot of information to make an informed choice on the violin I would eventually select, I was given a lot of time to decide on my violin and violin bow. They were not pushy at all. I am extremely happy with the Peter Racz violin I eventually selected at Stradivari Strings.
    William
    William
    Customer
  • My son loves the cello that we bought from Stradivari Strings. He refuses to practice on his previous cello, but spend hours playing on his new cello. I am so grateful that we found Stradivari Strings! Thanks!
    Mrs Wong
    Mrs Wong
    Customer
  • Stradivari Strings was very thorough in helping to select a viola which is suitable for my build. I received great advice and information including the type of wood, age of the maple spruce, to the quality of the rosin for my viola bow. I am very pleased with the viola and the lovely sound it produces.
    Mei Juan
    Mei Juan
    Customer
  • Last year, I decided to take up the violin. I found the contact for Stradivari Strings and gave Rita a call to set up an appointment to select a student level violin. Rita was very thorough in asking about my level of commitment to learning the violin as she wants to find an instrument and price range that is suitable for me. She was also very patient in answering all of my questions. Rita gave off a good vibe to me as a would-be customer in that she was not pushy at all, and she emphasized that I should take my time to consider that the violin is something that I like, and is within my budget. When I requested a second appointment to view other violins, she was happy to accommodate my request. To date, I have already purchased two violin and two bows from Stradivari Strings. Their professionalism and level of service is something that I would strongly recommend to anyone who is looking to purchase a string instrument.
    Kenneth
    Kenneth
    Customer

Faq

  • In Singapore, there are a few specialist musical instruments shop which specializes on bowed strings instruments including the violin, viola, cello and double bass. If you are looking to buy a violin in Singapore, look for one which has curated a wide range so you can try out the different violin and appreciate the difference. You should contact Stradivari Strings at +65-98137769 for a violin selection session. You will be awed by the range and we will share with you a lot of information so you can make good decision on which violin to go for.
  • Once in a while, a violin student comes to me with a violin acquired online. Sometimes, the violin bought online is not properly set up — some come with violin bridge which is not cut to the correct height and curvature, some arrive with the sound post inside the violin rolling around in the violin. Most students are disappointed with the tone quality of the violin purchased online. So my advice will be to go to a shop specializing in violin, to select your violin in person.
  • The price range of hand-crafted violin can be very wide. As a start, you may budget between $500-$1000 for a hand-crafted violin. You should expose yourself to a wider range so as to appreciate why a violin costs more versus one which costs relatively less. We would love to guide you through the violin selection process. Contact Stradivari Strings to set up an appointment, at +65-98137769.
  • If you compare the tone quality of a violin which has been recently made versus a similar range violin which was hand crafted many years ago, the latter would sound better (in most cases). The reason is the older violin has been played in, or “seasoned”. That is why some violinists prefer playing on antique violin.
  • Selecting your first violin may be a daunting experience. For a novice, it can be quite overwhelming and confusing. Contact a violin specialist such as Stradivari Strings. We have decades of experience curating a great range of violin, for all budgets. Call us at +65-98137769 to arrange an appointment.