Looking at previous posts, soundwise and moneywise, it would be more optimal to buy a contemporary violin.
Well... old violins tend to be in awful state and repair costs are cannot be overlooked. With age, the sound get deeper but I don't know. Wood degrades. And what people say is old italian violins at entry price/20k-30k sound less than english violins and ridiculous price from "italian brand name" and I would rather go for a contemporary.
I have heard of couple contemp violin luthiers and I am not so sure if it is some kind of hype.
Zygmuntowicz violin is well known.
I also heard Needham is amazing.
Do their instruments live up to their reputation?
How are Zygmuntowicz and Needham violins?
My budget for violin alone is 40000 dollars.
I don't think I can afford a Zyg but Needham is in my eyesight.
If you have other modern makers who you think is better, please don't hesitate.
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