I am currently trying two violins and finding it very hard to decide between them for various reasons and was hoping that some people out there may be able to enlighten me to any information or advice. The first is a HC Silvestre in mint condition which has a very vibrant sound. The other is a Caspar Strnad that has a very rich sound. I tried both out in the barbican hall and it seems that the strnad carried better. My teacher thinks that while this may be true that while the sound comes easily it is limited in its complexity. The other problem with the strnad is that the wood around the f holes has been thinned and the neck is a few millimetres short.
They are basically the same price and while I have assessed the market value of the HC silvestre to be about right I have no idea about Strnad market value and was hoping someone might be able to give me a bit of an idea. the other problem with the silvester is that it has no paper and the seller wants to go halves with me to get them, what is everyones opinion on this, is it reasonable?
ANd lastly would love some advice or a sort of checklist of what to do when trying out instruments to see if I have neglected to do anything in my assessment process.
Here ends my essay!
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