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Antique Violins: 7 things to consider when buying them

Buying an antique violin is an important decision for a young musician’s career.  As the parent of a violinist who may be considering such a step, it is vital that you take the time to do some research.  You want to find an instrument that your child loves to play, and is the best violin for the money you spend.

7 Things To Consider:

  1. Find a dealer who specializes in the violin family of instruments.  A regular music store offering a wide variety of instruments will not have the expertise necessary to help you.
  2. Take your time and let your child try out several instruments.  The relationship between your child and the violin will be a long and intimate one.  It is not something to rush into.
  3. Once you have narrowed your choices, make sure that your child hears someone else play the instruments (teacher or violin dealer).  This is important!  An instrument sounds different when you are playing it as opposed to listening from a distance.  A musician wants to know how his instrument sounds to others.
  4. Be patient!  This can be a time-consuming process.  But this investment in your child’s musical life is worth it.
  5. Listen to others’ opinions, but trust your own and your child’s judgement.  YOU are the ones who matter in this decision.
  6. Once you have narrowed your choices, get a second opinion on the value.  You can get a verbal appraisal from any reputable dealer.
  7. Enjoy this journey with your child!  It is an important step in a musician’s development.


Buying an antique violin can enhance your young musician’s potential career.  The violin itself can also increase in value if it is properly cared for and maintained.  In your search for a violin, check if the shops you visit also repair instruments.  You and your violinist will probably begin a long-standing relationship with such a shop.  You want to be able to trust in their expertise and advice.  Each violin is unique, as is your child.  You want to find someone who will provide each of them with the individual attention they deserve.  The right shop will be able to answer your questions about caring for the instrument, and to help you if problems arise.  They can even advise you about how the weather can affect an instrument!  It is important to find the right shop that will best suit the needs of you and your young violinist.


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