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German workshop violin
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mischa91
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Does anyone know anything about German workshop violins?

 

I was browsing eBay this morning and came across an interesting looking instrument, I'm very skeptical about eBay listings and this seller really doesn't give a lot of details.  For the price it looks like a decent instrument.  

Heres the listing: 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Violin.....1639068083

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December 21, 2014 - 1:06 pm
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The one thing that I will say right away is, it's not a German workshop violin.
A violin takes about 200 hours to make. Germans make a minimum wage of around $11.60/hour. Also, you need to take into account the materials.

China is the only country that can produce a violin that cheap. After that probably comes Romania. China can produce violins completely finished for as low as $25 dollars/piece. Needless to say, you don't want one of those.

Many companies and workshops buy Chinese white unfinished violins to varnish, finish, and set them up and label as their own. The Chinese produce about 80% of the worlds violins. Maybe more considering a violin can be labeled in any way provided part of the job was done in that country. Possibly 80% of all string instruments but I don't know.

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December 21, 2014 - 2:08 pm
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Sorry, didn't realize it was used. LOL

ROFL

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Oh no problem.  I decided against it because of the lack of a returns policy, that was a huge turn off.  

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