I am a beginning violin student, and have on loan, an instrument made by Edward Garber, Bellwood, PA 2002. I love the tone of the instrument, and its responsiveness (both my teacher and the shop owner commented on how playable it is), but I can find nothing -- not one mention -- of this instrument maker on the entire internet.
The shop owner is asking $2000 for this violin, but claims it's a custom instrument worth $3500. Is buying an instrument made by an unrecognizable name a good investment? Has anyone ever heard of this maker?
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