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I was over on the Fiddlershop site ordering some strings and I saw this used Rudolf Doetsch fiddle for sale for $999. I've played on these before and they sound pretty darn good -- well -- OK -- when played by somebody besides me. Generally these go for about $2k.
If you're looking for a deal on an advancing student violin, you might want to give this a look.
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