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I accidentally came across this on internet while I was browsing about violin. Check it out and see what you think.

http://joeysviolincollection.b.....gspot.com/

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I think that it is difficult to bid on violins that you cannot test or touch if the price is too high.

I can recommend buyers to buy a Cecilio violin costing under $200 knowing that you can't find a violin for much less money, plus I've experienced their value through testing them. Also, at least one of the companies selling Cecilio violins has proven to offer great service and has exchanged instruments when required according to our members. I don't think this Chinese company would refund or exchange any instruments. If they did, they may charge you for shipping.

Also, I am happy to see companies offer proceeds to charity of any sort but do not automatically trust them to be doing it for the right reasons in this case. There are so many scams going on now a days.

dazed Of course I could be wrong.

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I wouldn't recommend buy one of these violins either, because they don't have any products descriptions and like fiddlerman said, you can't test it and there's no exchange option.

 

What I want people to check out is the new design that the Chinese luthier created -- the new shapes, the difference thickness of the body to even out sounds of strings, the bat holes instead of f holes, etc. I listened to the test sound, it sounded very different.

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Where did you see all the interesting features and test video/audio?  I couldn't find anything at the site given above except for the one featured violin which looked normal to me.
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OK.  Found it.  I thought the violin was supposed to have an interesting shape.

However, I would like to know more about the radical chin rest in those pictures?

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They do have interesting, or different shapes.
Did you see this picture?

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no

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LOL, so what do you think?violin

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I myself thought the shape looks pretty nice, but the sound change is very interesting and intrigued me; it made me wonder if it still sounded like a violin.

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I think the real feature is the chin rest!  Never saw anything like it.  There has to be SOME reason for this   dazed

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I purchased a suuuuuper cheap violin from China. I would not recommend it unless you could either try the instrument in person or knew the seller was reputable. That being said, I got the cheapest one, so you get what you pay for! I've read that there are a few super awesome luithiers in Shanghai.

 

For Buying Overseas, here's my experience:

Even with a shopping service and translation, the language barrier made things difficult. Things like Ebony could mean the wood, or just the color of paint that's slapped on! If you order from outside of China and the particular seller only takes Chinese payments, you have to use a shopping service or be friends with someone with a Chinese bank account. Then you have to depend on the third party to ensure the violin is in good shape before being sent to you. Shipping is a good chunk, so I only added it because I was already getting something else. Also, no returns!fish

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I watched the video of that professor playing on one of those violins and I didn't like the sound in the slightest.

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That's disappointing... I'm guessing that the shape changes the sound for the worse. 

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@fiddlerguy: I think that violin is cute :), and the chin rest is really nice but I'm really curious 'bout the sound, have you ever tried it? violin-student

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Never tried it, nor have I seen it before. Would be interesting to see wether the bad sound comes from the player or the violin.

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Then again, a really good player could make a stringed tin box sing...

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rotex13 said:

@fiddlerguy: I think that violin is cute :), and the chin rest is really nice but I'm really curious 'bout the sound, have you ever tried it? violin-student

 

If you go to this website, there's a video clip that a Chinese music professor playing on one of those San-yuan vioins. By the way, san yuan means three circles (round shapes). The name of the violin depicts the specific shape of the violin.

http://joeysviolincollection.b.....gspot.com/

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