Scott Cao Artistic Series Thoughts?
Hi, the shop where I got my current violin from sells Scott Cao Artistic Series violins and I was wondering what some of you think about that line if anybody's played them. Are they good quality instruments? I'm particularly interested in the 850's. They have Ex-David, Cannon, and Kreisler models for around $1500. I plan on trying each of them out soon, but I would still like other's opinions on this line as I might not know what to look or listen for.
It would be great if I end up liking one of these because this is the only shop in town that will give me full value trade in for my current student violin since I bought it there.
Thanks for your replies.
I've heard good things from others but have never personally played one.
Never played them, but unless the violin you have is a big problem (hurts you or impedes your playing) I would still save that money for any other vintage workshop instrument you mentioned earlier-be them French or German in origin. Sometimes workshops don't want to fix the more affordable instruments because of their low value vs repair/setup cost, which is why maybe the dealer is offering you the Scott Cao violins as an alternative. Be sure, however, that those Scott Cao instruments are *well set up*.
I've had decent experiences with students using Scott Cao violins.
I played a few Scott Cao violins in the late 1990s. I would say that if you like this instrument and have any doubts about purchasing it get a more experienced violinist (perhaps a teacher) to try it.
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