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Advice and Thoughts on blind-buying an auction violin

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The violin in an auction, we only care about the current condition of the instrument, not about its past.

Just choose you like!

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I do not recommend to buy those new italian violins. Usually they are bad sounding instruments with a rare exceptions. For a small budget my recommendation is: if buy online,  1)it should be video to hear and see how it is been played. 2)need good detailed photos and description + personal communication with seller 3) upgrade/trade in options are must  -  (so I do not recommend auctions :)

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On 10/4/2020 at 12:41 AM, RxNZXP said:

I thought about it for a long time and realized that I am not very picky about how my violin sounds.

Umm...you should be.  Auctions are fine for collectors or someone who can go and play the instrument prior to the auction.  Blind auction for your main instrument and to grow into....NO!

The above quoted statement really bothers me though.  I would say, as a teacher, go out and play as many instruments as you can, regardless of price, and you WILL find that you lean towards a particular set of sound characteristics.  My second violin, when I was an intermediate student, was HORRID.  I hated it.  I hated playing it. I lost at least a year of productive growth because of my hate of the instrument.  It sounded okay, but not what I liked.  Just my own experience though.

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On 10/16/2020 at 6:44 AM, violinnewb said:

Umm...you should be.  Auctions are fine for collectors or someone who can go and play the instrument prior to the auction.  Blind auction for your main instrument and to grow into....NO!

I totally agree. If you are looking for a violin to play, better off going to a store and buy something you can try and return if you don't like it. But if you are aiming to get a so-called master violin for cheap, blind auction might be able to give you that.

But remember, an expensive violin does not necessarily sounds good, and not every "non-master: violin sounds bad. Some strads sounds terrible for the record. If you are truly after the sound, then try some in person and follow the sound. But if craftsmanship and provenance is your no. 1 goal, ignore anything else and follow the biggest names you can find. 

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