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  1. Auctioning for violins will for sure be overvalued, and definitely won't be an accurate depiction of what the true cost of your violin is. I have a friend who auctioned for a violin 10 years ago at an auction house. The price of the violin gradually went up to $8000, which my friend eventually made the last bid for and won the auction for the "$8000 violin". Keep in mind, prices for bids in auctions go up incrementally over each bidder... and so after an exchange of "x" number of bids, the "value" of the violin (the price at which bidders were willing to pay for the violin) went up to about
  2. Hi, I've been violin/bow shopping recently and I began to wonder, will the customer ever know the "true" value of the instrument/bow that they bought? Stores will definitely put some sort of premium on the instrument, but as a customer unless we have the violin appraised elsewhere, we're never really going to know the true value. I was looking at a violin couple months back and really liked the instrument (feel and tone), but the instrument was marked at $3500. This was over my budget. When I asked if the price could be lowered, the sales person punched some numbers on his calculator an
  3. Can someone help identify where this violin is from and how much it may be worth? Pictures here:
  4. Can imitation violins be of good quality? I recently purchased one and I absolutely love the sound and feel of the violin. But is it just me? Or can copy violins actually be good? The violin reads: COPIE DE NICOLAUS AMATIUS CREMONIEA HIERONIMI FILIUS ANTONI NEPOS FECIT 1676. Its a french violin made circa 1920s from Mirecourt. Any insights? And Anybody know how much my violin may be worth?