I'm in the market for a full size violin and new bow for my 12 year old. Our budget $10k - $15K.
1 - What % would you spend on violin versus bow?
2 - Is it worthwhile buying at an auction? At first blush it looks as though auction prices are 50-70% below retail? Is that true? I do realize that there's much more risk by purchasing via auction versus a reputable retailer.
3 - To mitigate this risk I'm leaning toward participating in the upcoming November Tarisio auction. We can spend two days playing instruments and I have a luthier who can preview the instruments to understand if any repairs are needed. I really like the selection of available violins and it seems that we should be able to find something of interest.
4 - Does anyone have any comments on the violins we're considering - 1893 Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin; 1923 Concetto Puglisi; 1917 Michelangelo Puglisi; 1916 Paolo De Barbieri; 1924 Oreste Candi? Other suggestions?
Thanks so much for your thoughts!
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