From Aaron Engel
Posted August 23, 2008 at 11:38 PM
I just won the high bid on ebay for this violin:
Glaesel V130E4 4/4 Violin.
I'm new to the world of violin's and couldn't afford to get a more expensive one, but was wondering, is this a good violin? Is it a starter violin, or is this for more of an intermediate to advanced student? I didn't want to get a cheap Chinese thing, and would think a German violin would be a good investment.
So let me know what you guys think, and whatever information you know about this type of violin.
For those wondering, I got it for $119 and some change + shipping cost.
Hope yours is better!
Good Luck, and start saving for a better one.
1) In the sense of technique and building ability
2) Monetary...i.e. the instrument can be sold later for more than you paid--as it has gone up in value
1) Is dependent on how much you like it. You paid next to nothing for it, by violin standards, so anything gotten out of it along your way is a positive.
2) only happens to very valuable instruments, usually only $10-12k and above is the bare minimum where this happens
As Hope said, it is a cheap violin, so don't expect a great deal from it.
My first one was a Glaesel. It's bottom line, but hey, the thing lasted me for 17 years and I loved it. My second one is an Anton Breton(I paid $150 for it from a newspaper ad), and my third one is hand made. I still have the other two. The hand made one was free, given to me as a family heirloom by my brother in law. My husband's father won it in a poker game in Germany. Why some idiot gave it up, I'll never know. So he gave it to HIS father in law(my husband's maternal grandfather). My brother in law got it at some point, and now I have it. I am the only one on either my side or my husband's side of the family that plays violin.
I forgot to add that I was 11 when I first got the the Glaesel.
I think you paid a fair price for the violin, and you will be able to sell it for at least that much when you move on to a better instrument. I do not think of it as an investment, but possibly an inflation hedge.
I am also a student, and I think that you cannot compare teaching yourself to learning with an instructor. You can teach yourself a few things, and tinker around with the violin for a year or two. The teacher can cover that in the first lesson or two. I have studied with a teacher, and without. I find that the level of progress I make without the instructor's guidance (even with the Internet and three CD courses I have purchased) is not even in the same league as the progress I make with a teacher.
If you plan to play in public, you will need a teacher. Anything you try to learn on your own first will probably include some things you need to get corrected after you do get a teacher, so I would suggest you do not delay. After 5 lessons, then you can decide if it is worth the benefit, but before that, you do not have the basis to recognize the difference.
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