I would like to know why is it so difficult to get a quality professional sounding violin, in terms of searching and also in terms of price, which can be a tremendous factor with sky high prices? I realize that luthiers must make a living, but I wonder has the true art of violin making been lost and are so called advanced and professional violins overpriced! I have 3 violins, one which I paid ~2,400, and the other 2 which I paid ~1,200. Most of the violins in the range of 2400, which I have had 3 in total, including 2 which I traded off, are considered advancing. To my idea, these violins sound like school band instruments instead of advancing instruments and seem to never open up. Additionally, I think luthiers really don't have the time to set these instruments up properly. You could carve bridges all day long and get a different sound with each one. At one point, I was prepared to put down 3,000 for a violin only to be told there were none in my price range. If a person has good ears, you can tell the difference between a "so called" advancing/professional instrument and something like what Hilary Hahn would play. Additionally, once you get these instruments, they are hard to sell, that is if you wanted to sell 2 for the monies worth and get 1 in a step up. I was told that my violin wouldn't appreciate much because it wasn't high priced and high falutent!!! Can anyone tell me what is going on with the violin market??? Is the market gorged with the newer so called advanced/professional violins and none of the violins that could be masterfully made like the violins that were made by the old masters. Wouldn't I be looking for a needle in a haystack for the real professional sounding instrument at 2500, and why are these professional instruments mostly found at prices of 10,000 upward, and out of the reach of the average violinist? Let's face it, not everyone has 10000 to plop down. Even a monthly installment can be costly.
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