I have to ask this (and I may be a heretic) - there is a lot of machinations about out-of-sight violin prices but does it really matter? On one topic we talk of the $18 or $40meg violin and the (possible) tragedy of them being withdrawn from the concert hall. On another we hear that a great violinist still sounds great on a mediocre violin. Obviously, some instruments have the capacity to fill a hall with beautiful sounds and some do not - but I don't get the impression that these are all that rare. Beyond a minimal standard, isn't it the violinist and not the Strad/del Gesu/etc that really makes the music?
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