Is this a good beginning violin?

March 19, 2020, 11:57 AM · Hello! I recently have taken a liking to the violin and bought this antique one for 80usd. I know it needs to visit a luthier (I even took to buying new strings, etc for it); but before that, I'd like to know if this was a good purchase for a beginner. (I'm not sure how the photo system works btw)
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Edited: March 19, 2020, 12:43 PM · It's going to cost you much more than what you paid for it to set it up. A new rehair also. The strings are put on incorrectly. Is there a soundpost in there? Possibly not given that someone who put strings on that way was likely to also take the old ones off all at the same time. There may be open seams also, but it is impossible to tell. Other things that might need work/replacing are: the bridge, the nut, the fingerboard. Because this violin wasn't cared for, it's likely that at least few of those things are messed up.

The best thing for a beginner is to rent a violin. It would cost 25-50 dollars per month and it will be set up correctly, and you can hear it before you buy it, so you could pick the best of the batch.

With this purchase, you will have dropped at least 200 USD before you even hear what it sounds like.

March 19, 2020, 12:49 PM · Ah, I see... there is a soundpost,that's the only thing going for it though haha. I'll see about renting one then, thanks!


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