It seems that easiest way to get a negative reviews regarding the quality of a Chinese violin is to let others know it is Chinese before you play it. It is absolutely psychological. There are many wonderful violins that are exported from China at very reasonable prices. Yet, I often hear negative comments before anyone has experienced the feel or sound. Of course there are low level factory violins that will perform comensurate with the price. But there are also many nice ones that can be gotten in a very very modest price range.
Some sellers try to allay the concerns of consumers by boasting the virtues of their own quality controls. One seller of violins claims to have the violins made in an overseas workshop and then brought here to be properly set up. It is almost illogical that you would entrust a Chinese luthier to select the tonewood and handcraft the instrument but for some reason the bridge, accesories and soundpost are a stretch?
I am very suspect of the 'we import them from China and regraduate them to certain specifications', as well. If you really want to impress, take a 14" wooden shoe from Holland and regradute that into a fineinstrument. Turning an already well made violin into a well made violin is not very magical.
What experiences have others had with violins fron China?
Has anyone used a modestly priced one as their primary one professionally?
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