Buying antique violin - VIOLIN Antique French Violin by H DENIS
I was wondering if it is worth it to be a older violin for $2500 AUD https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/rhodes/other-musical-instruments/violin-antique-french-violin-by-h-denis/1228813800
Or is it better to just get a brand new violin?
I am not certain of your present circumstances, but if you are able to play this instrument and like it, then I would recommend that you take it and pay another luthier to inspect it for problems and what it would cost to repair any problems he found. The pictures are not that clear but I see nothing glaringly wrong with this violin. The label doesn't necessarily mean a lot but there are people here like Lyndon that can tell you wherher it is French or German or Italian.
i thought you just got a new violin for 2k.
looks like a fake to me.
I got a refund for my 2k violin..
If you don't have much experience with violins, best to buy from a reputable shop that would stand behind their instruments, would allow you to try out, return, exchange and trade up when needed.
and this is AUS not USD right? if you are just looking for a reputable brand, jay haide or scott cao comes to mind.slightly out of your price range since these starts at 2400usd. but if you look for 2nd hand you can easily find some jay haide l'ancienne, keep in mind every violin is different, i played through couple jay haide that i didn't think was very good before finding one that was stellar.
Given this is $2500 AUD this is not particularly expensive instrument. The label does look awfully clean for an antique instrument, so I would not put much confidence in that. Lyndon might be right. You definitely want to try before you buy. It's a nice looking instrument whatever it is.
Do the old violins sound better than new?
not necessarily, although old violin tends to be more immune to humidity and weather change. my violin was made in 2014 and the sound fluctuate a bit depending on the weather. not much but enough that i can feel the difference.
the button on that "Denis" violin is totally wrong for French, but typical for Markneukirchen trade, and as mentioned, the label looks like it was put in yesterday
I answered your other query so won't repeat it except to say go down to Sydney string centre and try their violins. They also have fine violins in various price ranges so you can compare old and new. If you're a beginner and don't have anyone to play them for you, let them know and you in a relatively quiet time so they can help with that.
There are better instruments out there for $2500. Keep looking and you will find the right one.
The photos seem to show just the bits that say nothing, which I do not believe is a coincidence. What I can see is a Markneukirchen trade violin, ca. 1910.Who knows, it might be good. I know a concertmaster who will only play this kind of instrument, claiming they do what they need to do and a re shrill enough to cut through the orchestra when he has a solo.
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