if i bother to study and investigate the components inside the "stuffs" in my shack, i will not be surprised that almost all things have something that links to the manufacturing base in PRC, even though i did not have any intention to seek it out, or necessarily avoid it. i guess i just accept it as a way of american life, as long as my family is not poisoned in one form or another.
whereas china made violins have taken a firm hold in low price market in the west for the beginners, the simple mention of "china white" or chinese made violin among some luthiers/makers/players/v.com posters is perhaps as potent as poison. or chinese herbs for colds if you ever tried it:)
i am pretty sure a topic like this will be more popular than ledger lines, cough, cough, and may invite input from all angles, from communism bashing to capitalism bashing, so be my guest and make your day, as long as we restrain from setting up a prison torture cell in our own backyard, or in laurie's living room as the case may be, to take the law into our own hands, to smoke out the suspects with the boys. save your list of who's who,,,the good, the bad and the beautiful,,,.for santa.
i am interested to know:
if i hold a violin in hand, what gravitates my mind toward the thinking that it is a chinese made violin. what you say may or may not make sense but what the heck because i am not the judge! i would like to get a sense of the mentality out there or here, so that other lurkers may also get something out of it. i have travelled in asia extensively for biz, including prc, and for those of you who have never been there, china is a little big and diverse in regional cultures. i understand there are northern and southern violin making clusters in china. do they make products with similar features that can be identified with some level of certainty? also, i see the mention of glossy varnish as a sign of china made violin. how reliable is that? a glossy varnish means china made, or china made has glossy varnish, or something else?
final question that i can think of for now,,,we hear people talking about western finished violins made from china whites. tricky! what do you look for in that case to confirm the suspicion?
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