I’m doing some college tours in a few months including New York City and Boston. I have a lot of free time during the days in New York and a totally free day in Boston and I want to see a little sights but I was also hoping to go visit Some shops in the big city’s and maybe try some instruments that are nicer then what is carried down here in Georgia.
So is it ok to ask to play instruments without being in the market or is this rude? And also will shops turn you away?
The way you do this is you
OK, as someone who has worked in several different shops, I emphatically disagree and I disagree that any person should encourage someone else to lie. Great modeling, guys!
Michael -- of course, that's all true. But if Mark had any taste for lying or pretending, he wouldn't have posted his question in the first place. My first answer really wasn't intended to be taken seriously. Sometimes I wonder if this whole place is maybe just a little too tightly wound.
In the Boston area there is Carriage House Violins, which is the pricier arm of Johnson Strings. You can learn more by visiting the web-site. There are several other violin dealers in the Boston area who only deal in very expensive ($10K and up instruments) but from what I understand you need to make appointments to meet with them.
Appointments are always a good thing. It gives us time to check seams, strings, and state of adjustment on what we intend to show.
Lying, not lying...
I usually make an appointment, since I'd prefer to come in when it's slow and the shop is pretty quiet, and the nicer trial rooms are available, and there aren't a bunch of players in close proximity playing at top volume.
Sorry I’m actually about to go on 17 I just didn’t update my bio so I’m perfectly capable of making appointments. As well as my parents while very supportive (they recently bought me a very fine viola) are not knowledgeable in the music world. So should I simply phrase the call as, “ I would like to try some things in a wide range of prices that you believe may be a upgrade in the future”.
The shop is going to ask you for a budget. You should give a price range that you think would be realistic for a future upgrade, and be clear that this is not an immediate purchase period for you. Some (most?) shops will also not allow an unattended minor to try instruments on their own.
Mark there are advantages to having a parent involved. My daughter and I had an appointment at Reuning to hear two modern cellos, but before long out came a couple of 18th century instruments well in the six figures, and the person helping us turned out to be a significant part of the pre-college music scene up there. What a wonderful experience.
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