Here's my story.
A few years back, I decided to trade in my violin. Someone suggested Chicago Strings in Evanston. A one hour drive if traffic is good. (rarely.) I made an appointment, and when I arrived was told the owner is out of town, but feel free to drive back some other time.
Sometime later I made an appointment with Ken Stein violins in Elmhurst. When I arrived the salesperson said she will call him since he lives only ten minutes away. After calling, I was informed that he is working around the house and doesn't feel like coming in, but, if I leave the violin, I can make another two and a half hour round trip(toll road) at his convenience.
A few weeks ago, I asked about violin shops in Chicago on V.com and was reffered to Dixon-Stein violins. I made an appointment and guess what? Closed. When I got home I called and the person who answered seemed to think it amusing that they were late. Apparently they don't think it important to keep appointments. However if I feel like making another two hour round trip and pay $22 for parking, they will be happy to sell me a violin.
Has anyone else had experiences like this? Some of these dealers are like used car salesman.
This, along with 100% negative experiences with the much thought of Chinese instruments,(another long story that I might relate some other time)has me thinking about giving up the violin. It just doesn't seem like it's worth the hassle.
I played guitar professionally for over thirty years and never had any experiences like this.
Sorry for the rant, but I'm really frustrated.
Any opinions or other horror stories? I hope I'm not the only one.
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