Buying an instrument
A violin, viola or cello is a major purchase.
Mistakes can prove expensive, both financially and in the time dedicated to practising on an unsatisfactory instrument.
We believe that players should be as confident when buying instruments as with any other
purchase. It should be a slow process, so that a relaxed and informed decision can
be made. Allow plenty of time to try a variety of instruments within your price range
. Don't buy an instrument
without trying it at home (or in a concert hall) first. Make sure that you discuss any
intended purchase with your friends, colleagues or teachers, during the trial period.
Instrument buyers should ask themselves the following questions:
- Is the condition guaranteed?
- Is there a buy-back agreement?
- Has the seller pointed out any repairs? (more about repairs )
- Is the attribution guaranteed? (more about attributions, labels and certificates)
- Have I tried the instrument for long enough to be sure about it?
- Are my colleagues, or is my teacher, happy about the sound and the value?
- Am I happy with the instrument? This is very personal, and involves not just
the sound, but also the feel, the dimensions, the weight and the appearance.
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