B&H Model 400 questions

December 27, 2005 at 05:30 AM · I am looking for some information on a B&H model 400 violin.

There is a small piece of paper inside the violing that just says

B&H Model 400

Made in Czechoslovakia.

I looked at it carfully and it all ebony even has what appears to be an ebony chin rest. I fine tuner, looks like it is a little older already as the finish on the back of the neck shows a tad of discoloration, but in really descent shape. Looks to older overall.

What are these worth and are they any good?

I have a cheap chinese violin that I would like to replace.

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December 27, 2005 at 08:13 AM · You shouldn't be so quick to dismiss your "cheap Chinese" violin. Some of these are cheap in price but rather good in quality, especially for a beginner. I have played several "cheap Chinese" violins that have been assessed at $600-$800 by reputable luthiers. What is the limiting factor for you now: the violin, the bow, or your skill level? I don't mean this as an insult. I just want you to appreciate quality, which is not always the same as price.

December 27, 2005 at 04:57 PM · When I was talking cheap, it has stained fretboard, heavy on the finish, with some rough spots on the edges, 2 bows (rosewood/horse hair) Rosin, case and violin for 25 usd from ebay, shipping was more then the violin. I'm not bashing on this violin as it does what I need it to do and I have seen far worse out there. But if I can get an older seasoned violin for about $100 dollars CND....well, I'd be a fool to pass on it IMHO.

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