In the country, Hungary, where I'm from, most average professional teachers have a violin with a price range between something equivalent to USD 4-7k. But when I visited the US, all the strings store listed violins from 10k up as being "professional." While in Hungary anything beyond 3k counts as "Master violin." Why is that? Is is because Central European Violins are cheaper? Do Hungarian violinists have lower standards? Or is American violins are overpriced? The few violins that I have tried in Chicago at 5k are quite overpriced for its playability and tone, this might be a single case since Chicago is a very expensive city.
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