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I'm a beginner looking for a better violin than what I have now. I'm prepared to go $1000-1500 in the hopes that this price range will get me something that I'll be happy with for a while.

The McHugh violin shop has a whole web page devoted to Chinese instruments. They say that the quality has gone up drastically in recent years, especially when compared with similar-priced German instruments (whose prices have gone way up, so they claim). They offer a $1500 outfit on their page that I've been looking at: "These are absolutely the best sounding violins (new or used) in our shop when compared with others up to and exceeding $2000".

Anybody have any advice or experience with these?

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:I've personally played and listened to a lot

of the newer Chinese instruments. THey are

really great sounding for the price. They look nice

too! Also see if you can try out a Dunov. Eastern

European, ex quality, and same price range as the

chinese ones.!

I know a few people who have purchased chinese

instruments and are very happy with them.

m

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I have a Scott Cao violin that I paid less than your price range for that I am very happy with. It was made in China, and set up in Scott's California shop. I had also tried several eastern European violins that were finished by a local violin shop that I did not think were nearly as good sounding, and cost a little more. The disadvantage was that I could not try it out before I bought it (although I could have returned it) since I bought it mail-order. I would say to try as many in your price range as you can, because there is a wide variation in tone and playability. Others on this board are strong advocates of older German factory fiddles that have aged well. Hope you find your dream fiddle!

: I'm a beginner looking for a better violin than what I have now. I'm prepared to go $1000-1500 in the hopes that this price range will get me something that I'll be happy with for a while.

: The McHugh violin shop has a whole web page devoted to Chinese instruments. They say that the quality has gone up drastically in recent years, especially when compared with similar-priced German instruments (whose prices have gone way up, so they claim). They offer a $1500 outfit on their page that I've been looking at: "These are absolutely the best sounding violins (new or used) in our shop when compared with others up to and exceeding $2000".

: Anybody have any advice or experience with these?

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I live in China and have been working with many different Chinese violins over the past 2 years. I can't believe some of the quality instruments I see being produced these days--competition is tough now and the result is much better instruments.

One must still be careful when they buy however as there are so many different qualities around--I did check the website you mentioned and they sound like they are onto the better instruments now coming out of China---My advice is to check for the usual things one would do when purchasing a violin--proper set up, correct measurments, reasonably nice varnish, reasonably decent wood and of course sound quality that meets the price you are paying---one additional thing to check for or to at least ask about is the wood being seasoned long enough--I mention this as from my experience here there are a few makers also doing beautiful work but not using wood that is seasoned long enough---this is almost impossible to detect once the violin has been varnished but any reputable shop will give you a guarantee on the instrument-that is any problems accuring from inferior materials and or workmanship --as for the bridge, strings,and pegs which have natural wear and tear you cannot expect any guarantee.

As a final note I would like to add that Chinese instruments in the past were of poor quality but have improved greatly over the past few years due to competition and experience--many makers have also studied abroad and have returned to introduce their skills to other makers--by careful selection from a good violin shop you are sure to get your money`s worth.

Richard

: I'm a beginner looking for a better violin than what I have now. I'm prepared to go $1000-1500 in the hopes that this price range will get me something that I'll be happy with for a while.

: The McHugh violin shop has a whole web page devoted to Chinese instruments. They say that the quality has gone up drastically in recent years, especially when compared with similar-priced German instruments (whose prices have gone way up, so they claim). They offer a $1500 outfit on their page that I've been looking at: "These are absolutely the best sounding violins (new or used) in our shop when compared with others up to and exceeding $2000".

: Anybody have any advice or experience with these?

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As with any violin purchase, try out several and compare. Do they sound and feel good to you? Take your teacher along and see what he/she thinks too. I wouldn't worry too much about which country the instruments come from; earlier posts have established that Chinese instruments are no longer to be avoided.

I have a Chinese instrument, about 4 years old, which has been "antiqued". This is cheating in my opinion, but the instrument sounds great and looks nice, so I bought it. I paid $2500 Canadian for it; if you're in America that would probably be $1000 US these days...

Hope this helps!

Laurel

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: As with any violin purchase, try out several and compare. Do they sound and feel good to you? Take your teacher along and see what he/she thinks too. I wouldn't worry too much about which country the instruments come from; earlier posts have established that Chinese instruments are no longer to be avoided.

: I have a Chinese instrument, about 4 years old, which has been "antiqued". This is cheating in my opinion, but the instrument sounds great and looks nice, so I bought it. I paid $2500 Canadian for it; if you're in America that would probably be $1000 US these days...

: Hope this helps!

: Laurel

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