modern makers from eastern europe

May 30, 2019, 2:34 PM · Hello,

Can anyone recomment a violin maker in eastern europe. My budget is less than 2000 euros.

Thank you.

Replies (7)

May 30, 2019, 9:21 PM · Even in eastern Europe one cannot earn a living wage making violins from scratch and selling them for E2000. In your price range there are reasonable German antiques recently-made Chinese factory violins.
May 31, 2019, 5:13 AM · Not necessarily Chinese factory violins. Also German or Romanian can "workshop" (=small factory) violins. R.Paesold for example offers good quality for this amount of money.
May 31, 2019, 5:19 AM · Hi Phil Ryan, if I was looking to buy another violin in a certain price range I would visit many shops and pick one that I thought was the best and then haggle with the dealer as to the final purchase price.
May 31, 2019, 7:55 AM · Demšar violins from Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2K is about his entry point price.
Some of the violins sound thin and lack body, but you may find a nice one in the shop.

One of my fiddles is by Vilim Demšar (1937 - 2017). intermediate instrument, plenty loud and quite smooth sounding. Unfortunately I have only found one other Demšar instrument in this quality range.

I have recently played a brand new Blaž Demšar (Vilim's nephew) and was rather impressed by it.

May 31, 2019, 8:42 AM · Many years ago I bought privately a second-hand Hungarian factory-made cello for £200 for my daughter. Not a bad instrument at all, with a big responsive tone, and I sometimes borrowed it for a concert or two.
May 31, 2019, 9:52 AM · If a violin in the lower price ranges comes with a bow, be careful about the bow. The bow is as important to the tone and playability as the violin itself, and a cheap-'n'-nasty bow will not do the business for you. I'd look around for a suitable bow from another source if you're not 100% happy with a bow that comes with the violin.
May 31, 2019, 7:11 PM · I like my "factory"-made Bulgarian viola very much. It's made by Kremona Studio. They also make violins. They have different lines;
mine is made of aged European woods and was a bit over $2000US when I bought it a few years ago.

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