Junk Antique Violins for art project

January 7, 2020, 8:57 PM · I am looking for unrepairable violins/violas/cellos that I can use for an art project. My criteria are that they are very cheap, unfixable, and the older the better. Fronts, backs, necks, parts. Whatever.

Any ideas as to where to look beyond eBay?

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January 7, 2020, 9:46 PM · Any middle school orchestra?
January 8, 2020, 1:33 AM · Online violin auction sites in the UK such as Amati.com and Gardiner Houlgate periodically hold "affordable" sales in which the real rubbish may be sold in lots of 3, 5, even 20. A house recently cleared by Amati reportedly contained about 2500 violins!
January 8, 2020, 7:46 AM · Call your local violin shop. I know ours has to toss several instruments every year that are damaged rentals. And this summer, a maker had so many extra pieces of random violin parts that she gave them to the kids for art projects (which was super fun)! They likely will have some parts or broken instruments.
January 8, 2020, 5:04 PM · The local school system should have some that have become un-repairable over the years. Hopefully they're willing to give them away...


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