Maybe two decades ago Niccolo Gagliano (just to name one example) was regarded as a kind of Italian maker for those who could not afford a big name fiddle. Those days are over and one wonders if the market will continue to develop as before.
I am not talking of named mint condtion Strads but rather names which seemed to be affordable in terms of making a choice between buying a house or ones dream fiddle.
Any market is driven by demand and supply and it is the question whether the largest buying group on the market, musicians, thinks it worthwhile to do the investment on an instrument or not.
This leads automatically to the question of sound. Do the expensive instruments really sound better or are we just getting fooled by those dealers selling the expensive stuff?
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