When buying a very-very expensive bow or violin I'm wondering how you can avoid paying enormous taxes. Let's go cheap and buy a $500,000 instrument, we didn't like their Strads or delGesus, but found a really great sounding non Strad. Figuring a sales tax of 7%, that's $35,000 in taxes alone. If you buy a $7,000,000 Guarneri that's $490,000 in taxes alone, enough for a nice house in a nice neighborhood.
Kind of makes me glad I'm not rich as I couldn't afford the taxes on the el-cheapo $500,000.
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