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I have bought several from Craigslist and Facebook market, you just need to act fast on the really good deals. Bought one on propertyroom.com one time. A lot of the violins that are even a hundred years old are still massed produced student violins, but even in them you can come across a really nice sounding one. Advantage to FB and Craigslist is that you can try before you buy for the most part.
Even if not old there are some deals to be found on newer ones.
In the video that I posted of my daughter playing Scarborough Fair, the girl playing melody is using a violin we paid $15.00 for.
Especially pawn shops near universities with orchestras, and music schools. I bought a nice cello that way for $125 with really nice geared pegs and beautuful straight bow.
We were there mid Aug 2018 and they had some pretty nice violins. They brought them out to show me when we asked if they had any. They were not putting them on the floor yet because the technician was still going over them. They said they would go fast because students at the university in the city would be in to buy them.
So, in a pawn shop, if you do not see any on the floor, ask if they have any. If you see one that needs a repair you can do, maybe ask for a low price?
Pawn Shops can be quite interesting. Saw an electric ukulele there once. Thought of my friend who took it up. I was kind of picturing her punked up playing heavy metal on an electric ukulele with distortion!
Cello and Viola Time!