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Should I be looking for a small viola?

Although most of our prejudices about instruments filter down from the current orchestral fashions, there are many situations in which a large soundbox is of no particular benefit, and where a big viola just proves unwieldy. Klezmer, traditional and gypsy musicians tend to favour small instruments, as do classical musicians who are answerable only to themselves! More details


Should I Consider Buying a Violin at Auction?

Violin Auctions: A Beginner’s Guide

If you are thinking about buying an instrument by going to violin auctions it’s probably because you hope to pay less than if you went to a violin shop or an online violin dealer. Auction estimates are much lower than shop prices for the same maker and the auction houses suggest that there are bargains to be had. Whether you are a professional player or a student, and whatever your budget, if you are thinking of buying a violin at auction and want to avoid expensive mistakes this guide is for you.
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Do you have Left-Handed Violins for sale?

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Do you have Hardanger fiddles for sale? (Norwegian hardingfele)

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What is the best way to go about buying a violin?

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Do old Italian violins sound better than new violins?

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What violin strings do you recommend?

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How do you judge the tone of a violin?

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Is a violin certificate a guarantee that all parts of my violin are by the same maker?

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Who are Francois Lotte and Roger Francois Lotte?

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What makes a great violin?

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Should I choose a violin just for its tone or also its antique value?

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Will a sound sample help me choose a violin?

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Why are some violins so expensive – is it because they sound better?

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Are violins a good investment?

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What makes a violin bow well balanced?

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How much should I spend on a student violin for my child?

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What are the pros and cons of buying a violin online?

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What are the best online forums for violins?

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My bow hand shakes really badly when I am performing. What should I do?

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