Category Archives: Marketplace

How to Try a Violin

Over many years I have observed all manner of tonal tests by retail buyers in the string instrument market. Some of these tests are more effective than others, but no one method for testing an instrument can tell players everything … Continue reading

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Where Do I Shop for a Violin, Anyway?

There are various places to buy a violin and a myriad of issues to consider. Stefan Hersh walks the prospective buyer through those considerations…

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My eBay Experience

I recently joined the ranks of the innocent who have been taken advantage of by an unscrupulous seller on eBay. Regrettably, I decided to purchase a violin sight unseen over the Internet in a quest for my “sound.” I will … Continue reading

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The Morning After (How to Buy a Violin: Part 2)

We live in a culture which expects glistening perfection from its professionals. Never has the public’s sense of entitlement been so high. Concerts must be note perfect or the artist may not be re-engaged, politicians must never have transgressed or … Continue reading

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Photographing a Violin

The photography of violins and other similar instruments is surprisingly uncomplicated. Photographers will probably immediately recognize the principles of copy photography, rather than more artistic forms.

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How to Shop for a Fine Instrument or Bow

Entering into any market as an uninformed consumer can be a scary proposition. The string instrument business is no exception. The esoteric and arcane nature of the objects, the clubishness of the dealers, and the stories of fraud and deception … Continue reading

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