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Advanced look to my violin - please help
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Yung
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July 1, 2018 - 7:07 am
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Hello everyone, I am a newbie to the violin.

 

I am concerning upgrading to an old Europe violin ( I play fidderman violin in the past, it was quite good but it was just my hobby to collect more violins).

Recently I was offered a French violin from a dealer. I am not sure if it is a good one because I am just a newbie here.I am unable to play it because I am just able to buy it online. So, I really need your help to look at it and can you pls give me some advice.

 

attached are the violin's pictures... it was labeled as a fine violin when I looked for it online. Can you pls estimate its value? The dealer offered me a price around $2000.. Thank you

 

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For $2,000 I would want to be able to return it if it doesn’t “suit” you. 

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Jim Dunleavy
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As Steve has said - I wouldn't pay that much money for a violin if you can't try it out first.

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You might like to take a look at auction prices for this maker at https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/price-history/?Maker_ID=1079

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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I would go with your gut feeling, if it's a reputable company (maybe they can do a quick sound test for you?) - and you have the money without struggling....it looks lovely to me and if it plays like an old classic then you would be really happy. 

I just think sometimes you are hooked on something and it really doesn't matter what it is worth to anyone else, if you love it, and will play it forever because it sounds amazing, get it! 

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What kind of return policy does the dealer have? For that price (or any price, really, violins are never cheap) I'd want a good return policy in case I got it and hated it.

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I would also recommend that you can either do an in-home trial, or can return if not completely satisfied with the instrument.

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If I showed you a picture of a used car, would you be able to tell me if it was a good car?  You can't judge the value of any instrument by looking at a picture. If the company is reputable and has a no questions asked return policy then it might be worth talking to them.  If they have a no refund policy then don't risk it. 

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