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My father passed away in 2010. He was part of my late life inspiration to play the violin. I just wish I had started when we was still here and I had the opportunity to play and learn from/with him.
He had several violins that were lost in a fire back in '82. He was born in 1927. I have been looking for a violin circa that time to purchase (sort of a tribute to him). I have seen a few I have bid on and of course, sight/play unseen, I have a limit on what I will spend. Some of the violins for sale are obvious frauds while others are genuine and the seller open about damages and what ever history they know of the item. What really gets me is when you see sales like this.....
I wonder if they are selling that violin by the hour. By the obvious experienced body and finger position, you can tell this is a player of questionable intent. I did not intend this to be a joke post, It just makes me angry seeing this sort of thing.
"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader
The violin looked a piece of rubbish but I enjoyed seeing the listing
But not all violins on eBay are bad value for money. When I first thought about learning to play I decided to buy an eBay cheapy just to see if it was really what I wanted to do.
I bought a Chinese "Golden Age" for $47. It does not sound as good as my $800 Ragetti that i have now of course, but it's a good fiddle, and I don't intend getting rid of any time soon. It's a good 'through in the car and go camping' instrument?
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
He uses models for his other items for sale too. But he doesn't give much info on the "guitar". However he does offer a 14 day return, which is unusual, so even though his feedback rating isn't desirable 100%, the right of return would be valuable. And the opening price is very reasonable, if you can live with the one broken F-hole obvious imperfection. But no date is given, and who knows what else is wrong. Only the offer of returning it for refund is what caught my eye. I've bought eBay violins for more than that, and been very disappointed, plus no right of return. My local luthier told me to always figure a minimum of $125 of work needed on any violin bought like this one. Fingerboard usually needs replaning, probably new bridge, soundpost reset or make new one, plus whatever else needs to be done once you have it in your hands and find out what else is wrong. Of course repairing the F-hole missing piece might have to be left as-is as taking the top off would add a whole lot more to the estimate.