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How to Get Rid of the Bug: Seeking Intervention

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4 hours ago, IBK said:

The best way to acquire string instruments, is to purchase  local estate pieces. You can usually only do this if you are in the business where things walk into your shop. There are no buyer's fees, taxes or shipping.  It is called "proximity to the market". Often an instrument comes into a shop which has been in a closet for many years, the family wants to dispose of it and if it comes into your shop there is a good possibility that you will be able to buy it.  Buying at auction is expensive.  Selling at auction is expensive.

This may be if I were a collector.

I am looking for bows and violins to play.  That being said, if I go to an estate sale or some pawn shop, I am looking at one to three items, at best.  At auction, I am trying out many bows and making the decision based upon what I like, not what is available.

Anyways, I am on the hunt for one more violin and one more bow, but this discussion has been refreshing and many good comments to ween me off of the auction trail for awhile.  Besides, I have a big European vacation planned for next autumn and need to spend there...hopefully not at the auction houses there though! :D

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