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  1. Any particular makers I should consider, in your opinion? Also, from what I can see, many contemporary-maker violins tend to be priced lower on 2nd-3rd owner - would it even make sense to, say, try to buy in workshops in Cremona?
  2. Many thanks, everyone, the replies are very insightful and I am very grateful. The asking price for this violin differs by an order of magnitude from the ca. $1k mentioned in some of the replies here... Luckily we did our homework - and will probably be here often for second opinions on instruments :). It is our plan to try MANY instruments before we buy, as well as to have certainty that we got one of the best instruments we could for our money. We are willing to pay up to 15k for the instrument (a single-maker instrument should fit in this budget, so that's what we're looking for). I expect that we will have options (perhaps too many options!). I would love to get some opinions on best choices for this kind of budget - modern vs older, particular makers. We live in the US, but originally from Europe and travel there yearly - would it make more sense for us to look for an instrument in Europe?
  3. Thank you so much, Three13 and Palousian. Three13, I had this impression after reading A LOT on MN. Is there more than the scroll signs that led you to this conclusion? Palousian, sorry the pics did not work for you - I wondered about the pics not showing up as I saw in other threads. I uploaded them here as well: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JhQeYGF1JTmhcdOIal7T7SembzooH0jM?usp=sharing What would inexpensive be in this case? A range is fine, of course.
  4. I am looking for a violin upgrade for my 13 year old (serious student, 2nd chair in one of the best local youth orchestras), and have spent many hours over the past few weeks learning from the experts on this forum (thank you!). The violin in the pictures is an instrument my student is trying out (lovely sound, good playability). We are trying to confirm the origin of the violin and get a sense of its value. The instrument bears a Thomas Hesketh label. Thank you so much for taking a look at this! Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JhQeYGF1JTmhcdOIal7T7SembzooH0jM?usp=sharing
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