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  1. Hello, First of all, I wouldn't buy online if you can't return the instrument if dissatisfied. This is because you must make sure that this instrument sounds good and is easy to use. You can't test this without actually playing on it. Also, visual appearance won't tell you the exact qualities of sound, other than constructional oddness.
  2. Of course not if it's part of your culture.
  3. We don't really celebrate Easter, so it's just like any old Sunday. Just performed at a concert this morning. Happy Easter! M
  4. To answer your questions, every person is different. Some people don't mind placing their chins on the small tail of the Guarneri chin rest. Some people may use a pad to compensate.
  5. Oh, I didn't know.
  6. I just wipe rosin off the body with a dry cloth.
  7. I agree with Will. It is good to compare violins. Bring your Cremona with you and compare it with what you're buying.
  8. Are you happy with the sound? Why would you get it appraised (out of curiosity)?
  9. I agree with the above suggestion, but it's hit and miss. I've definitely had luck with craigslist, but it's not easy to find what you want. This could just be my area, though.
  10. What do you plan on doing with this violin? Selling it? Playing it?
  11. I would try a variety of violins in-person in this price range. Money doesn't always tell quality, and every human has different tastes for sound.
  12. Gligas are okay overall. I just find them to be too dark-sounding for my taste.
  13. An attractive-looking violin might not necessarily sound good or be easy to play. Sound and playability do not exactly equal price. You cannot judge a violin by info on the internet.
  14. When I say "good shape," I mean an instrument is ready to play and sounds okay. There should be no cracks, and it should be well set up. Even if the instrument isn't in the greatest shape but can be set up to play without too much effort, the player would go crazy. A luthier could tweak the setup and fix any issues.
  15. Man, why are you so concerned about the visual beauty or the maker and origin of an instrument. As long as it's in good shape and sounds good, I don't see the point of worrying, unless you're curious.