Should I buy a 15k violin with extensive cracks and repairs? I came across a violin today that was the best violin I've ever played. I played it against Guadagnini's, Vuillaumes, Stainers, one by Carlo Antonio Testore, Amati, and the greats minus Strads. It surpassed the sound of the listed violins above, well maybe the Guad had a slightly better low register, but it really held its own and sounded better than anything in the shop. I felt like I was playing a high end Strad with the brilliance, and depth, and color, ease of playing. Only thing is this violin had the neck that had to be removed, regrafted, wood put in to raise it, major cracks along the belly, a major sound post crack on the belly that had a patch put in, and other places that were smashed. All repairs seemed to be well done and it simply out played violins costing 20 times the amount. Should I consider this instrument or should I believe there might be a better instrument to come along? I also found out that a violin in perfect shape sold for 12k and this one is at 15k with all the repairs. There was another violin by this maker but it didn't sound nearly as good for the same price. Perhaps you can provide some advice? Looking for professional answers please. :)
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