These violins are what I'm looking at.
it seems the store he bought them for was much more and I did go into the shop and they said it was their older models. Do you think these could be worth it for their price? and other than cracks and obvious signs of damage. what else should I look out for when I meet him to check them out. I'm just starting the violin after a long time of not playing so I don't know exactly what I should be looking for. but If I can get what would usually be sold as a $2000+ violin with a nice $400 bow and $200 case for $1500 I would like to do that.
Sorry, just noticed you are buying for a beginner. I would definitely go to Fiddlershop. The set up is very important. If it is a child, (s)he may not be big enough for a full size violin. Fiddlershop will work with you on the proper setup and size. That is very important with a violin. You are not going to get any customer support from a Craigs List seller. If you do not know anything about violins yourself, you will definitely need to shop for one at a violin shop in person or an excellent online business that has impeccable customer service, that is Fiddlershop.
I do not work there and am not affiliated with them and do not get paid for recommending. I am just a very enthusiastic and happy customer. I do not recommend brick and mortar or online stores unless I am happy with their product and service. The help they provided with my Concert Deluxe was fantastic and I think it was less than $600, if I remember correctly. The violin is lovely and sounds fantastic! It has a terrific case, bow, shoulder rest, etc. Check out Fiddlershop.com yourself before going to Craigs List. They have a long line of violins in different prices ranges.
I am the beginner, I haven't played since 5th grade and am trying to get back into it. I looking at the $1300-1500 range so it lasts me a bit of time. I did check out a few shops near me and I preferred the soloist III from stringworks, which is to the warmer end (not as warm as their Maestro) and could project well. the Fiddlershop seems to have good options, but I'm not really sure how they sound and play, and they don't a brick and mortar store making it harder if I need help. but if you're familiar with stringworks, are there any options that would be similar to the soloist III I could look at?
That budget gives you some options on a new violin instead of going the craigs list way for what will be a 2nd hand violin thats, if I'm understanding the post, Is pretty much what you could buy new. Most of the violin stores in my area have some sort of import violin branded for them in one fashion or another and most of the new imports range from 500 to 2500 or so. of cousre you could go higher but I'm thinking from what Ive seen your budget can get you a NEW outfit with a case and bow with some sort of warranty. since we are on the fiddlerman forum and Ive bought from fiddlershop I'd say look at the soloist (not to be confused with the soloist III from stringworks) model from fiddlershop. It is a little worrisome ordering an instrument online but they do a great job with the packaging and support. The soloist is on sale right now for 1250 by the way. But, if you have tried the stringworks new violin and like it I say go for that one since you have the store right there and they can help you locally and such. other than that checkout the soloist at fiddlershop. as far as Craigslist I personally would be cautious unless you have someone who knows what they are looking at with you that could try it out and look it over. my 2 cents.