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Is it possible to get a good French or Italian violin

for less than $7500? If so, where and what makers

should I be looking for? Doesn't seem like anyone in

south Tx seems to have any...

Btw, I know I should be MORE concerned with how the

instrument plays, but for that much money I want an

instrument that will hold it's value as well and have

been told that french or italian are the way to go for

that.

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Yes, it is possible to get an Italian or French violin in your price range. There are many good French violins available for under $7,500. You won't find one in good condition by the most important makers, but there is quite a bit out there of excellent quality and good sound either from the major workshops in Mirecourt (Thibouville-Lamy, Laberte etc) or something made in the workshops of the important makers/dealers of Paris or Lyon. Italian violins are a bit more difficult. You should be able to find something newer, perhaps by a maker who is not too widely known here. There are also Italian violins by more obscure makers from the earlier part of this century that can be an excellent value. If you can't find anything in your area, call around the country. If you find a dealer or dealers in a given area that have a big selection, It might be worth a plane flight and a couple of nights lodging. That way, you can look at many instruments and educate your eye and ear as well.

Good Hunting

Richard Ward

: Is it possible to get a good French or Italian violin

: for less than $7500? If so, where and what makers

: should I be looking for? Doesn't seem like anyone in

: south Tx seems to have any...

: Btw, I know I should be MORE concerned with how the

: instrument plays, but for that much money I want an

: instrument that will hold it's value as well and have

: been told that french or italian are the way to go for

: that.

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For anyone looking for a fine violin and who is willing to travel, I would suggest a major metropolitan area that has several large violin shops such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago or New York. Check the "Strings Resource Guide" for names of dealers and call to see what they have in stock. By traveling to the violins you get to choose between many instruments.

Best of Luck

: I'm not in the market, but just for fun,

: where are you recommending a shopper fly

: to for the best selection of reasonable french

: or italian violins???

: M

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