I am looking to buy a violin. I have tried about 20 instruments in the past year and a half, and I have liked all of them, but not enough. Before I make a choice, I do want to look at modern violins, so I started searching.
During a viola sectional rehearsal, I came to like the sectional leader's viola. In fact, I thought it was the best viola I had heard in person. I found out it was made by Anton Krutz, out of Kansas City. I did some research, and I found out he was one of the best makers in the country, and that his instruments are liked by most.
I told my violin teachers about this guy, and they were both worried. They told me that modern instruments were choices that one must be careful of. They said that some modern makers like to cheat, and make the wood very thin to start out with, and that 10 to 20 years down the line, the violin could loose its good sound, and therefore its value. They said that a good instrument should gain its good sound over time, and if you get an older violin, the value won't decrease. I do trust my teachers, because they are both more than qualified, but I still want to look at modern violins, especially Anton Krutz violins.
What do you guys think?
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