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Again, taking this further from a discussion on another thread...it would be nice to define what a 'cheap' or 'rubbish' violin is. When is it actually firewood? And I'm not talking about new Mendini's...I'm talking about all the older violins that get presented on MN with people wanting to know what their value is. And yes, one man's garbage is another man's gold. But at some point any item is not worth salvaging... When is an item worth $0? When is it worth $50? Is $200 worthwhile salvaging (by whomever is interested)? I realize this is totally subjective, but I'm still interested in everyone's take on it. In my neck of the woods, at local auctions and garage sales, stuff I think has no value beyond $50 (as a wall ornament, or possibly for parts) goes for $200+...so obviously I'm still missing something. And if that's what people are willing to pay, then does that make the item worth it? So the value of my $50 actually IS $200. Inflation based on some vague concept of value that continues to elude me...
I have a couple of friends who bought Chinese violins from eBay for less than $200 USD. What amazed me was how loud these instruments sound though they are truly cheap-sounding (harsh and with little tonal variation even on Dominant strings). I am wondering what are the factors that mainly contribute to this loudness. Is it overly thin plates and relatively new wood?