Report How do I know if a violin is overpriced (at a shop)? in The Pegbox Posted October 23 On 10/17/2023 at 10:37 PM, DonGiovanni said: interested to know what your teacher thinks, as that person is the best person now to understand what violin is good for your current stage, and from your side what you need to make sure of is that your teacher is not getting any percentage from the violin sale, so you can get an actual honest opinion. Out of the two trial violins I brought to a lesson which were pretty different in price, my teacher said both had something that my current violin does not, but to keep looking. There was also some suggestion that the qualities I am likely looking for are mostly found outside of the price range I've been looking in. My teacher does not think that my current violin is holding me back but agrees with me about some of the deficiencies I find in my current violin. I don't get a strong sense that my teacher has a lot of experience with violin pricing specifically. I don't know if my teacher would get a percentage of the sale but given no particular attachment to a specific shop, I think this is not too likely.