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  1. Wow, okay well thank you very much for these detailed responses, I think that after all I probably will get one from a store considering I know so little about violins. I'll also be able to audition a number of violins to get a better idea of the tone I'm after.
  2. Okay well thank you very much for the recommendations! I'll check that website out and further delve into the pros/cons of buying in-store vs second hand in Australia. Again, thanks for all the help everyone.
  3. Really sorry for the late response! I haven't had wifi for the past few days. Thank you all so much for the advice, I don't think I'll be purchasing this violin. The reason I haven't been to a store is that in my experience (albeit my only experiences with music stores have been purchasing different instruments; drums, guitars and keyboards), stores have ridiculously high prices compared to the internet/2nd hand. How it typically ends up with these instruments is that in-store you'll pay $2000, on the net it'll be $1500 and 2nd hand it'll cost as low as $800. Cosmetic condition doesn't concern me at all, I only care about playability and tone (for learning and recording purposes). So I suppose my question is, are violin stores any different? Is one likely to come across violins that are reasonably priced in stores? Also, thank you very much mysticpaw for the offer, I will most probably PM you in the near future. Violins are so much harder to buy than other instruments D= Thanks again everyone =)
  4. Hello forum users, I apologise for the disturbance (I'm sure you get many people like myself seeking advice). Though I know it is impossible to correctly evaluate an instrument based upon a very small few photos, I would just like to inquire as to whether or not this violin appears to be reasonably priced, thank you very kindly for your time http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/camden/other-musical-instruments/4-4-stradivarius-cremonensis-violin-case-reduced-/1123405813 Thanks, Lewie
  5. Thank you so much for your responses and I'm sorry for not responding earlier. I checked the site multiple times, but for some reason I couldn't see my post. To answer your question Rue, not a whole lot actually aha, I suppose the wood looked nice and... yeah not a whole lot. With violins I don't really know what to look for! I've heard things about checking the fingerboard such but honestly I don't know how to tell the difference between a violin that is worth its' $ value and one that isn't, much harder instrument to buy than any other I tell you! Cause they're all unique (apart from mass-produced student violins) and made by individual luthiers, I can't just do excessive research online and testing in music stores to find out what I want. But thanks again for the advice everyone, very very helpful!
  6. I'm relatively new to the violin yet I need an instrument of reasonably good quality considering it will be used for recording as well as playing/learning. I came across this violin on eBay and since I can't really value a violin myself I would really appreciate it if any of you could have a look and let me know what you think. Thanks in advance! http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Old-German-Jakobus-Stainer-copy-Full-size-violin-/152033281386?hash=item2365e3c56a:g:zcIAAOSwBnVW-oIm