Frank Lee violins, Shanghai
A few months ago I went down to a 'big box' music store when I visited the city. They've got about 30 violins up to CAD$2000 on the wall. I played them all and one stood out as an incredible instrument, made by Frank Lee in 2014. Anyone know about him or have experience with his instruments? It came back from a loan and I'm buying it this week, can't wait!
Well... who cares? If really stands out from all you played yet and is beautifully made, then $2000 should be fine no matter who made it?
I purchased a Frank Lee violin from Old Violin House back in 2014, and paid $200 delivered. I’ve always been rather pleased with the instruments I’ve purchased from OVH.
$200?! Well... Sounds like as if they came in different quality and price categories?! On the internet I've seen them up to $5000 and even a bit above!
Trevor, I'm from Shanghai and I bought violin from Shanghai too but I've never heard of Frank Lee's violins, but this doesn't mean anything and I tell you why.
I absolutely agree with Yixi - never buy without a trial period, two weeks at least, I'd say... Falling in love with an instrument immediately is a very good fundament for a long relationship, but it isn't a bad thing to allow yourself cooling down a little bit and see what happens if you play it different environments. Had a funny experience with a quite promising viola (at first glance) that finally did not end up in my shelf... And it didn't even have to get second or third opinions back then.
Thanks guys. I'm very confident in my assessment of the instrument, it is wonderful. I don't need another violin, was not planning on buying one, but after playing it I could not resist.