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I originally posted this in the Auction forum but was advised I

would have better luck here, so...

Could some of you more experienced (than I) folks lay out a

strategy for me regarding trying out  some violins? Several

makers/dealers offer a trial period, but the problem I foresee is

that I will only have one violin in my possession at any one time

and don't trust my memory to discern one violin from another that I

might try a couple of weeks later.

Is there something I should be doing like recording them? How do I

know when to stop trying and start buying? Sorry for what might

seem like silly questions, but I've never bought a violin before;

the one I play (A. Lanini) I inherited.

TIA,

Eric

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eric1514

but the problem I foresee is that I will only have one violin in my possession at any one time

and don't trust my memory to discern one violin from another that I

might try a couple of weeks later.

Eric

Your worry might not be the case after all; I know for a fact that some dealers will allow you to try more than one violin at a time assuming all of the violins are from the same dealer, shop owned or on consignment.

I think recording the violins you try out is a very good idea even just for future reference. Michael (Darnton) has excellent pointers regarding how to test drive the violins, but I don't remember the name of the thread(s).

It is very exciting to try out whole bunch of violins--It is like a beauty pagent competion with you being the judge.

Best luck!

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"http://www.maestronet.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=4&threadid=264013">

How to test-drive a violin

It's very much worth reading if you haven't done so, yet.

Good luck for finding your violin!

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Eric, I am in a similar situation (not much experience with different instruments). I recently had the opportunity to attend a showing at Tarisio auction house in NY. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was not intimidating in the least. Just a bunch of instruments of all price ranges on table and you pick up and play anything that interests you. If you are in the market, and you are able to make it to New York, I highly recommend at least looking. The downside of course, is that there is no "extended check-out period".

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