Magic Music violins
Has anyone ordered from Magic Music at AliExpress.com? These instruments seem similar to those found at Yitamusic, Old Violin House, et al.
Just curious. Thanks!
Hmm, I've found one violin on aliexpress and its this one
Thanks for the advice. Here's a link to their page: https://aliexpress.com/store/2414040?trace=store2mobilestoreNew#/
The violins there do look good but I would still highly advise not buying from them as you don’t know what you’ll be getting. Like I said it would be best if you just went to a music store or luthier for a violin as those can be tried out.
I'll second what Justin said. What people new to the violin world often don't understand is setup. The violin you get may come with poor setup that will take a lot of money at a violin shop to improve. Often, to make the instrument work well, you need a new bridge, nut, strings, and possibly more. Its better to go to a reputable violin shop that will have instruments set up properly from the start. That said, I have had plenty of students who bought online and it worked out fairly well. Just know that its a bit of a risk.
I know they say things like "50 years old!" or "18 years old!" but from what I hear from my luthier it's always misleading since they can well mean only the wood itself has been aged that old, and you don't really know whether the wood has been aged properly or even for that long. The shown range of $200-$400 is an entry level instrument so you are probably better off to sticking with verified brands like Cremona if you are unsure if you will continue because that will certainly be cheaper than some rentals, or if you are absolutely sure you are going to continue, you can always rent because most shops will let you pay for an upgrade with the rent you have been paying thus far.
Magic Music is someplace I've bought from before. Be careful, after all, even though I know many Chinese people in America that use their violins, I have a couple things to say:
@Cassio Chae I highly agree that the violins sold by any retailer in China that claim that it's professional is very doubtable. But if Joseph is just looking for a student violin, I would kind of say 'go ahead.' After all, the local luthier that I went to told me that they bought violins from China several times, picked out the good ones and immediately used as rental ones, and then fixed the bad ones. It's really cheap and I suppose it was less time consuming for them to just make the majority of it themselves.
I understand any instrument coming from an online seller would need to be set up in some way. I also recognize the risk associated with purchasing sight unseen.
@Everyone Yes, Franx Hoffmann and Cermona are all Chinese made violins
Are you new to the violin or somewhat experienced?
@Ella - I've got some experience. I was legit curious on their shop, but I'll probably look elsewhere. I'm looking to upgrade my (low) student-grade instrument, but I will not have the funds to get something above $500, even though I'd love to.
In your case, try a variety of affordable violins and pick your fave, although it seems to be stated above.
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