I will out with it. I do take a small commission from violin dealers when they sell instruments to my students.
This search does take a lot of my time. I may try twenty violins over several hours before narrowing down the search to three for him or her to try. I also negotiate the price on their behalf and MOST IMPORTANTLY I tell them I will be getting a commission from the dealer, and I tell them how much I am getting. I then declare it on my tax return.
Is this morally wrong? The dealer sells an instrument, my student gets a great violin, and I get my commission. Is it not a win win for everybody?
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