Here's my situation:
I'm a college student majoring in music and a biological science as a pre-med pursuing medicine. Music is just an add-on as I have an uncanny love and passion for the violin and wish to pursue it over my four years as an undergrad. Besides, I like theory and it's a pretty easy major =P
Since this is the case, I've been pondering over my need for a new (and better) violin. I have a major scholarship covering most of my tuition - the rest my parents pay, so I don't have much finanical burden. However, after this summer, I will have ~6000$ in the bank. Of that, I'd like to spend at MOST 2000 bucks. I know my parents will not back me up since they say, although I have the talent and potential to become a pro, that is not my path. I guess I'm a pretty OK/good violinist. Uhh I've been playing for about 6 years with a 2 year break.. so 4 years w/ private lessons. I'm learning Saint Saen's Intro and Cap, and I'm pretty sure Pag caprices and Sibelius/Beethoven is coming up. I've done all the Mozarts, a bunch of Bach's solos, and the standard concerti (Mendelssohn, Tchaik, Lalo).
I have a ~600$ violin that my parents bought after my 3/4th failed (was too small) in the 7th? grade. It's a decent violin with a bright and great yet obnoxiously loud sound. My overly cheap parents lectured me for at least an hour after buying a 200$ coda bow (sweet deal) after my 40$ one broke Hahaha.
I have no experience choosing violins, and the price tag is the first thing that catches my eyes. I know what to look for in violins, but with the other music majors having 3000$+ violins that sound amazing, I'm just wondering how the pricing works when it comes to violins. It just seems unresonable pricing a violin $3000 vs. a $1500 that sound the same.
"Student" violins vs. "Professional" violins - Is it just a marketing scam? Basically I see it as just a range of $$. One of my friends (who *cough* shouldn't be playing in the symphony) has a $5000 violin; spoiled rotten I have to say.
Also, what's the deal with the age? Is it particular significant? I see prices that are $1500 aged both late 1800s to the 2000s.
I know, I know... Sound matters the most, and testing it counts with the feeling and such, but really.. are expensive violins really worth the money? 3000 bucks for an amateur/student violinist is basically ridiculous to me.
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