This is my second self-initiated thread, this time to ask about the process of instrument devaluation. Recently I came across a few violins and have been offered a certified violin by Castagnino(?) for $15k ; inquiries reveal well-repaired cracks and et cetera. I was wondering, why a modern italian violin with a somewhat big name(?)would be in this price range of below $20k and thus would like to ask about how much cracks and mechanical damage to the instrument would relate to the price in the end.
On a side note, how do Castagnino-owners generally feel about the violins? This is the first time I've ever been introduced to a maker like Castagnino.
Update*-- I'll be going to check the violins out quite soon to assess it's sound and condition. Apologies for not stating that it was only an offer on paper. Thanks for giving me the gist of the co-relation between mechanical damage and price though!
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