I'm looking for a violin. I currently play on a contemporary violin (2001). It's a copy of a del Gesu. I've looked at a bunch of modern Italian violins and some older things, from about 25-40 thousand dollars, and I've been really disappointed. In this price range, should I still be looking at contemporary makers? Does anyone have any suggestions?
A few years ago, I heard about a luthier in Texas making copies of Strads and Guarneris that were so good, that major soloists were buying them as backup violins. I can't remember the guy's name.
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