I am going to be commissioning for a great modern soon. I’ve made a boatload of money lately, and I have work scheduled on both coasts of the US, and in Europe, so I have the opportunity to check out a lot of makers.
I have already done some of the work by taking to many on here, including two of the “studio guys,” who have played a ton of great moderns. Maybe best of all is the fact that I already played a great modern that I loved so if I come up with nothing better I will still be more than satisfied.
My question: there are three very famous makers that I would love to check out (one in the USA and the other two in Europe), but all 3 have such a very long wait period, and both sell to so many big-name-elite players, and this makes me worry about what class of instrument I will end up getting from them. I have heard so many stories of players getting a violin that was meant for another player but did not work out, so the maker shipped it out to try to sell it to another. And I have also heard that some of the big shot makers will often send their best violins to the elite players, so you may not see the violin you commissioned if your violin turns out to be a bit spectacular—they will send it out to the elite player and you then send you out the next violin they make, unless that one is unreal too.
How much of this do you think goes on in this business?
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