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I have this ongoing daydream sometimes of stumbling on a very nice instrument at a yard sale or pawn shop. I'm certain it happens to other people. I'm the type though if I have a 50/50 chance I seem to always fall on the bad side of it. The reason I choose not to gamble. Still..... if the price was right I would be willing to fall on the bad side of that 50 again. I would tell myself I'll sell it if it isn't for me, but I never will, and it will lay somewhere gathering dust probably to be sold at an auction after I die.
It's a lot of fun to look though. I hope you find something you like there. In these parts it seems people tend more often to over value things. For a junky Squire beginner guitar they try to get a Gibson price....that kind of thing. I see that especially on Craig's list. I can generally buy new here in my area for not much more.
Speaking of Craig's list, there are lots of beginner violins. I might occasionally see something better, but as I say, it's priced accordingly. I am thinking about trying to sell a bunch of my stuff and just outright buy one from Fiddlerman. I would need to make room for it lol.
I would be interested to know what you look for as far as value and how you shop in a pawn shop for instruments.
I have considered looking into some of these, but I am a bit cautious. The reputation of pawn shops is that items are often overpriced for what the actual value is and the pawn shop owners do not always give you the true story. I'd hate to pay $500 for an instrument that turns out to be worth only $100.
- Pete -
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Actually I would probably looking for a playable violin, at least at first. Possibly a reasonably decent backup violin.
It sounds like I will have to do quite a bit of searching. I would probably stay away from the $50 types unless it was a real bargain.
Treasure hunting does sound like fun... and addictive!
- Pete -