modern makers from eastern europe
Can anyone recomment a violin maker in eastern europe. My budget is less than 2000 euros.
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.
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.
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.
Demšar violins from Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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.
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.
I like my "factory"-made Bulgarian viola very much. It's made by Kremona Studio. They also make violins. They have different lines;
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