My father left me a lot of money and it was his wish that I spend a lot of it on a great violin and a great bow (he had pushed me through 16 years worth of lessons!). I took a year off the instrument, which served me well; you never know how much you miss something till it is gone, I guess. I am now ready to do as he wished because I have decided to make it my future career (going to USC in the fall). I would be comfortable spending 75,000 dollars on this, but I would like to spend a lot less of it, if possible.
I just read the thread on bows, and, for the most part enjoyed it very much. I started with little knowledge about who the great makers are, and I now at least know who they are. I hope to learn just as much in this thread about violins in my price range (have played a lot already). Where would you start if you were looking for a great violin with this kind of money available? And why would you start there?
The point is: I want to make the best choice possible in getting the best violin I can buy. I know I have a lot of playing to do in order to do that, but I am hoping some of you can help me cut some of the time and travel down. Does anyone have a lot of experience with violins in my price range?
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