There are a number of ways to tell if an instrument is nice or not, regardless of price range. From the craftsmanship, to the pegs, to the bridge, each fitting and characteristic can help you discover if an instrument is fine or not. Bill from Stony Brook asks: How do I know which violin is worth purchasing?
In order to more carefully address these issues, we have created a short video on this exact subject.
When buying a violin at any price, you should check these 5 things that will indicate the quality and care that has gone into the making and care of the instrument:
1. Do the tuning pegs turn smoothly and hold proper tension?
2. Do the fine tuners also turn easily?
3. Does the bridge have the proper curvature that allows for playing a single or two adjacent strings?
4. Does the fingerboard have a smooth, unblemished surface?
5. Is it set up with a quality set of strings from a reputable manufacturer, such as Dominant, D’Addario Helicore, Spirocore, Evah Pirazzi, and Eudoxa, to name a few.
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