Where/How to buy violin in NYC?
Hello guys, I'm from Brazil and professional violinist in a great orchestra here, called OSBA (Symphonic Orchestra of Bahia).
I'll go to NYC in a month, and would like to try and see some violin... But I have not much money to do this.
I will explain: I have a good violin here, and would like to buy a "second violin", like a substitute when I can't take the another one (outdoor presentations, weddings, etc.). Because the first is a bit expensive to do that.
So, I'm looking for a way to see and try some violin, but not expensive, from some luthier (old probably), around the range price $300-900.
I went to Chile last year and found a good one, with OK sound, early 1900 and I paid +- $300 (after converting). Need some repairs, but is ok. And I would like to found something like that in NYC.
Anybody know a "luthier store"? violins store? Can I found it on Ebay? and test before buy?
Sorry for the mistakes in my English, I'm not so fluent.
Thank you all.
https://tarisio.com - the T2 auctions may have something like you're looking for.
Pawn shops can be a resource for musical instruments. In your price range that is definitely a possible source. I chanced into a CONN violin some years ago in a local pawn shop here in a small California city. They wanted $600 for it.
Thank you Stan and Andrew!
David Segal's is an excellent and trustworthy shop in NYC, imho. They sell Strads, but also lower end instruments. You're on the lowest end, but I know they usually have a large selection in most price ranges...maybe you'll find something with a little less hassle than an auction. In either case, good luck!
The problem with pawn shops is that you're buying pretty speculatively -- those violins aren't properly set up, may have issues requiring repair that you can't easily see unless you are really adept at figuring out what you are looking for, and may be unplayable in their current condition.
Thank you Peter and Lydia!