I am a mother of a 13 year old son who has won and placed in many violin competitions. His teacher, a promininent member of the L.A. Philharmonic, strongly reccomends that we get him a great and powerful violin soon for him to continue his success in all these competitions, etc. He reccomends that we look at the great modern makers. We can afford to spend 60k, but of course would like it if it were a little less.
He is willing to help us audition them by getting a few others from the philharmonic to listen to them at Disney Hall, but my husband and I are on our own to round up some great moderns for them to audition.
I have talked to a few others in the L.A. Philharhamonic and this is the short list we have come up with after talking to them:
Croen, Curtin, Zygmantowicz, Chaudiere,Borman, Burgess, Grubaugh, Needham, and Bellini.
My question is does anyone have any experience with these makers? Are they the guys who we should be looking at? What characteristics can you tell me about each of these makers. Are there any really good players who have played some of these violins, and if so, what can you tell us?
Thanks in advance.
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