I'm on the look out for a decent violin AND bow but shopping for that 'better' instrument and bow is proving a nightmare :( My budget is £5000 and I do have a Colin Mezin workshop violin to trade against too. The trouble is, some shops I've been in so far seem very 'crafty' in the way the are dealing with me.
I went into a dealer (usually shop) who claim to have many decent violins ranging in prices from £800 to £30,000 and similar story with their bows etc. The first question asked of me was 'what is your budget range?' fair enough I thought, so I told them. They then went to point to a range of violins in that budget range but when I started to try them, not one of them had the price tag marked with a price - it's as if they were all £5000. Same with their bows, although the bows were marked with its weight and maker etc but now price!!
Is this normal or should I approach with a different attitude or avoid this dealer like the plague? Do I approach the dealer stating what kind of sound I'm after?
Another concern was when they looked at my violin. I've been told by 3 reputable local dealers/auctioneers that my violin is a Colin Mezin workshop violin (unlabelled) but this shop said it was just a run of the mill German violin - they asked me what I paid for it but it was handed down to me by a family member. Two reputable dealers have said it's probably valued around £2000 but the dealer I approached recently said about £800.
I'm beginning to not trust dealers now because of the inconsistencies and vagueness of their approach to me.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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