Best Information On Violin Purchase
I have been looking around on the web to find a concise reference on violins. Not only antique violins, also more recent violins.
There are plenty of generic " How to Buy a violin" articles.
What I think I'm looking for would be like a Kelly Blue Book on violins.An unbiased objective view. Information only. I think it would be helpful to have enough information that when shopping a make can be identified if known to be genuine and valuated based on that info.
Ideally some information on the track record of any given make.
Does such a book exist?
Forget Kelly Blue Book and unbiased views. I'd really like to see a
I think a Ouija board would provide about as objective a view on violin valuations as you will be able to attain anywhere else.
"What I think I'm looking for would be like a Kelly Blue Book on violins.An unbiased objective view..."
Good luck Madeye. Looks like you might be onto something.
"Many have prices listed, but those that don't are happy to give you their asking price on the phone. But not the final sale price."
Well, perhaps people are unwilling to talk about how much they paid because some people on V.om may scold them for bragging.
I want people to brag about how little they paid ;) Then tell me where they bought it.
Tarisio's archive is pretty good. They show auction prices, as well as biographical information about the maker, which generally includes some information about the maker as well.
There is a book printed called, not the "Blue Book", but the "Red Book". This gives dealers a guide for prices. Tarisio, Cozio, and Bromptons are useful online sites.
Without a set of quantifiable, observable and measurable criteria to discern various category of instrument, this is an impossible task. For instance there is such a thing as a good VSO, within the criteria that define what a VSO ought to be.
I don't see what the financial incentive would be for someone in the trade, who would have the best access to the information, to compile it, make it public, and keep it updated. It would be a huge and expensive task, which also might carry some legal liability risks.
Lydia and Carlo- Thank you! I believe this is the kind of thing I was looking for!
There are a lot of reference books out there; many of them cost hundreds of dollars, owing to the production costs (high-quality photographs, small print runs, etc.). Luthiers who specialize in identification generally have copious libraries. However, there does not seem to be much substitute for handling instruments personally and being able to inspect them directly rather than relying on photographs.
Lydia I'm not sure if you help with site maintenance. The site is timing out and I'm occasionally loosing the server...just a heads up.
You probably won't find the luthier books in a normal library. They are specialized collector's items. You can sometimes find them for sale in Tarisio auctions and the like.
I edited some of my rambling out above. My apologies.
Lydia there's a special collections area at my college library.I'm not sure if they have anything relevant to the violin.
That Corilon article should be read as coming from a biased source -- a violin shop with a particular market position, albeit an apparently reputable shop (I have never dealt with them personally).
When I was helping my daughter buy her violin I found lots of pieces of advice on the web, many (like the Corilon one) helpfully provided by violin dealers but of course aimed towards their own particular market. But it is only helpful up to a point, you need to choose a violin that feels right for you personally, in other words you choose on subjective rather than objective factors.
You are right, I am the sort of person who likes to do the groundwork so when I shop for something I know what I am looking for. In the case of violins, while reading up had been helpful it was mostly a matter of learning through experience. The variation violin to violin within the same price bracket was much bigger than I expected and we had to develop our concept of what to look for in terms of playing feel(my daughter) and how it sounded (me) as we explored lots of instruments.
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