How much do people tend to pay for a violin, and how does that relate to other things we typically buy?
Recently I started thinking about the cost of violins when several of my students had to buy new ones.
One parent - also a professional musician, did a "taste test" on a half-dozen violins, not looking at the prices, which ranged from $300 to $2,000. After deciding which one sounded best, the parent did the big reveal, only to find that it was actually the $300 fiddle!
It's great when you can find a great-sounding violin for a low price, but it typically requires an expert to do the selecting, and more often it's the higher-priced violin that sounds better. How far does one need to take this, though? Recently our Violinist.com discussion board has had members talking about whether or not advanced players need a $10k+ violin.
Personally, I've owned violins in many different price ranges, and the most expensive one certainly has been the best of them.
That brings me to the question: What did your violin cost? I've purposely made this a little bit vague, relating the cost to other purchases people typically make: a watch, computer, a car, a house. Yes, I realize those things can vary as well, but I'm looking for an approximate range; and if you bought your instrument many years ago, you can compare it to what these items also cost at the time.
And let's talk about what it cost, not about what you believe it is now worth, for the sake of the poll. It's too easy to enter the realm of fantasy here -- though happily, fiddles do tend to increase in value. If you are borrowing your violin, you can choose the cost that the owner paid for it; same deal if your parents paid for it. Also, please share your thoughts about buying a violin, violins as investments, etc., below in the comments section.
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