I'm looking to upgrade my violin. I currently have the Eastman V100. I had been using one borrowed from my director as I had 2 children playing. It saved on buying a 3rd. Then I just kept my sons after he decided he didn't want to take it anymore. For a student level violin the sound surprised me. But I'm looking to upgrade to a better instrument.
The violin shop is 90 miles from me but they have let me borrow 3 violins.
Josef Regh that I found sounded a little harsh. $1500
2012 Scarampella copy (can't recall maker) $1200
2016 Eugen Rubner Amati 1690 copy $1800 not sure on the 1690 as hard to read
Of the 3 I like the Rubner best. I'm not sure if there are others I should be looking for. He mentioned sending me a Lupot from the Eastman line but instead sent me the scarampella that was a different maker.
For background, I play in a community symphony that is adult players and students from the studio. Music is generally show tunes and movie scores. We don't play classical. We have songs that are intermediate level to challenging John Williams pieces. I'm one of 10 1st violinists.
I feel like I'm stuck with this shop since I bought my current violin there. They will give me a trade of $700-750 for my Eastman V100. I know they sell cheaper and this shop may be more but they are also giving me what I paid. Are there other shops that will take a trade if you didn't buy from them?
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