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laustephen498
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Hi guys, just wonder if anyone can give some thoughts on this violin? 
I’m looking to buy this as my second violin as my primary violin is currently having an extensive restoration which could be months.

Therefore, I just wonder if this could be a suitable alternative instrument for the next few months. And it will be great if you could give some thoughts on the prices.

This violin is labelled as SCHUSTER & CO and seems to be authentic.

The workmanship looks fine/clean although it seems to be a bit too “big” as expected on some German violins.

 

Just wonder how much would you normally pay for this violin? And will it be a good investment as a second violin?

Any thoughts will be appreciated!

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Hello Rue, thanks for your reply. I'm just buying this violin for myself to play for the next few months when my own violin is undergoing restorations. 

Therefore I am planning to resell this violin afterwards and hopefully it will worth the price.

That's why I am mostly interested on the price as long as the violin reasonably playable. Many thanks.

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Based on the type of instrument and the fact that it has cracks on the top near the soundpost, I would say very little.

If those cracks have been fairly well repaired then it could end up being a decent player, and probably worth the cost of setup (barely). 

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6 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

If you are only needing a violin whilst yours is being restored, you should ask your violin maker if he could lend you one for so long. It would improve his motivation to get yours finished too.

LIke!!  I do this all the time.  I'm sure he/she has something for you.

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Many dealers are glad to loan an instrument. Good way to get you (or your buddies) hooked and make a sale. Happened in my section once, I guy came in with a loaner while his instrument was in the shop and another player liked it enough to buy it.

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I have lending  instruments too, but they're  not things I will sell. Decent things with post cracks and the like. 

I think when people borrow instruments, they can be too careful, and drop them,  or too casual  and drop them.  Last year I loaned a bass while I repaired a crack in the lower front from the f hole to the edge. Mine came back with exactly the same crack, and the custo didn't seem to think it was an issue.  So I wont be seeing him again. 

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On 3/8/2020 at 4:15 PM, laustephen498 said:

 

Hi guys, just wonder if anyone can give some thoughts on this violin? 
I’m looking to buy this as my second violin as my primary violin is currently having an extensive restoration which could be months.

Therefore, I just wonder if this could be a suitable alternative instrument for the next few months. And it will be great if you could give some thoughts on the prices.

This violin is labelled as SCHUSTER & CO and seems to be authentic.

The workmanship looks fine/clean although it seems to be a bit too “big” as expected on some German violins.

 

Just wonder how much would you normally pay for this violin? And will it be a good investment as a second violin?

Any thoughts will be appreciated!

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89632935_1736437453180789_8209300287987384320_n.jpg

89267688_1068572500188363_6517095907941416960_n.jpg

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Schuster Co. is a mass-produced German trade fiddle, made around the turn of 1900, which, if in a good condition, appears to have a value of $1.5-3K in a shop.

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You can buy it in a shop in perfect condition with a good set-up and a sound that you like for a few thousands (depending on your location); or in a run-down/ written-off/non-playable condition on ebay or the local classifieds for a few hundred.

Both prices are a justified market outcomes and should not be confused. Don't think it's a bargain for $200/$300 because "a similar one" is in a shop for $2000/$3000. To assess the subtleties in between the photos won't be enough. And the value (and what you get) also depends on the setting of the transaction. At a good shop you buy more than just the physical object (which can be a wise investment given the nature of violins).

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11 hours ago, Conor Russell said:

... Last year I loaned a bass while I repaired a crack in the lower front from the f hole to the edge. Mine came back with exactly the same crack, and the custo didn't seem to think it was an issue.  So I wont be seeing him again. 

That's awful! I'm angry on your behalf!

I hope you made him pay for that repair too!

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