Advice needed for buying a professional grade instrument
March 19, 2009 at 04:31 AM ·
First of all, let me apologize if this topic has already been discussed.I spent a few hours reading past posts and did not find the answers I am looking for.I am a proficient amateur musician, currently playing a 1907 Heberlein, Maggini copy.It is a very nice instrument, but I feel the sound is a bit harsh, and the response sluggish at times.Also, it is especially easy to “crush” the notes, especially when playing double stops and chords.
So, I plan to look around at violins in the $10-20K price range.But my knowledge of violins is very limited and I have so many questions.So here they are.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Can you buy a top-notch instrument for $10K?I know there are instruments that cost much more than that, but is there really a big difference in sound and playability?If so, how much does one have to spend to get into the top echelon of violins?
How do you ensure you are not overpaying?
What types of instruments in the $10-$20K price range will retain their value best?
Can you recommend a particular maker or shop that I should contact?
Would it be better to go with a modern Italian instrument, or an older French instrument?My understanding is that older Italian instruments would be a better investment, but will probably be out of my price range.
How do you go about trying different instruments?From past experience, after trying 6-8 instruments in succession, it gets pretty confusing.How do you narrow down the selection?
Does it even make sense for an amateur musician like myself (no where near professional level) to purchase such an expensive instrument?
Is it a good idea to get a professional violinist to help me make a selection, knowing that they probably get a spiff from the violin shop?
Any other comments related to violins in the $10-$20K price range?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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