Hello. I am the parent of a young violin student. I bought the two violins below, in hopes of taking them to a local luthier for set up, new fittings, etc. Can you tell me if either one looks like it might have potential to be a good quality 3/4 instrument?
I have attempted to do some homework on good student violins over the last 2 weeks by calling numerous shops, online shopping, and speaking with local teachers. I won't name any teachers or shops, but the violins I have considered are:
Scott Chao 750
Jay Haide 104
Bai Li Xing Professional Strad http://www.chineseviolins.com/Finished.asp
Zhou Ping Professional http://www.chineseviolins.net/Finished.asp
After 2 weeks of diligently searching, not being a violinist myself... They all look like violins to me. My head is spinning. Further, I have never seen a trade or profession run the way the violin biz runs. With a lot of shops, the first things I am asked (unapologetically) are:
When I asked a couple of shop owners (honestly seeking their advice) what made one student violin worth $1500 more than another, the answer was. "Just because it is".
HELP!! Can I just take my 2 e bay fiddles to a local luthier, set one up for classical, one with steel strings for fiddle music and be done with this? My daughter would have fun choosing the fittings and seeing the project happen.
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