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Hey all.

Okay, so I'm not looking for a new violin yet; it'll be a year this Christmas that I've had my current violin. I'n still enjoying it quite a lot, and I don't need a new one yet.

But I know that mine isn't that expensive, and I have been looking at other violins because I want to see what else is out there.

However, I don't know how to spot a good violin online...
So, I was hoping that you guys could help me and tell me if this violin is good? How do you tell, and what seems good or bad about it? Would it be wise to purchase it?

Like I said, I'm not looking to buy it. I'm more so using it as an example. 
However if I was asked to buy one, I would most likely choose this one haha.

So any help/tips would be awesome. Thanks!

P.S. - I got my same violin from this site, as left handed violins are very rare in this world...  :(

Here's the link.

(P.S. - I would get the cheapest strings as I wouldn't get any of those ones. i would just buy new ones from a local store. and i would get the most expensive bow and aquamarine/black snake case, coming out to a total of about 1 083 $. Good choice or no?)
9 Responses
Posted: November 19, 2011
Last Comment: November 21, 2011

Posted: November 21, 2011
Thanks Beth! That would be a huge help for me.

Posted: November 21, 2011
Beth, I've come across an Australian violin shop in which the owner plays, and compares, a pair of similarly priced violins (whitehall or whitehorse -- can't remember which).  He does several pairings at a variety of price points and even though I think I'd prefer to buy from someone in person, it has been really helpful to hear the variety of tones that come out of these instruments.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 21, 2011
Let me look into it Sean, and see what really is available. We don't have any at the shop now but I want to see where they are really being made and set up correctly. A true left-handed violin has to be made like that from the beginning, It can't be retro-fitted (says my husband).

Thanks, Eileen. I truly hope you make to Austin next summer!

Posted: November 20, 2011
Beth, what a wonderful idea !   If I'm ever in the market for another violin...I'd definitely buy from you.   It helps to know and trust the one giving the advice....also, knowing that you are a professional player and can seriously give any of the violins a serious go over is another benefit as well !

I believe you are quickly becoming a highly recommended online "go to" place for anything violin....if not yet, you soon will be because you're motivation is an honest desire to share the love of violin and music in general with those interested in taking the journey.  I'm feel very blessed and privileged to be a part of your quest !   :-)  

More than ever I am hoping and praying to be able to meet you and others here at V-Lab next summer !

Posted: November 20, 2011
That sounds like a great idea! that way, people buying would almost have a professional's opinion, so they aren't ripped off. Congratulations on that.

And ive been thinking more and more and I'm starting to think I will buy a new violin this next year (2012) because I really want to start taking the violin more serious and focus on that, instead of mainly piano like i was.

Beth, I highly doubt it (doesnt hurt to ask, right?) so would you happen to have a left-handed violin or two? I almost feel rude for asking haha.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 20, 2011
Oh, and Sean, because you are limited to the left hand issue, one thing to make sure is that it is truly a left handed instrument, not just in a reverse set up, The bass bar will have to have been re-crafted.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 20, 2011
All you folks wanting to buy a good violin online:  I've never advertised on this site, but as the frequency of bad violins being bought off the internet, my husband and I are thinking of specializing in  few things: 1. Selling a super beginning violin outfit, with an excellent tone that will be expertly set up. and 2. Selling vintage instruments (usually turn of the century French and German instruments) with beautiful sounds and fairly priced without the horrendous mark ups for vintage instruments! The problem with amassing our inventory is that I end up snatching up the best ones for my students (one of their perks for studying with me)

As far as online sales go, we've not opened to that realm, because of one fundamental thing: You've got to hear the instrument before you buy it!! So we're thinking of having live streamed personal listening sessions, where I play several instruments, and the person looking to buy is watching from the computer, talking to me over the phone.

We'll also have a 100% trade up policy, and you can ship back anything if you're not fully delighted.

So I'm just throwing that out there. The internet is too vast for us to be able to recommend anything. And most of the time, you never know what you're buying. Plus the whole labeling process is misleading.
Sean, email me if you are looking for anything seriously, and I can set up a session and play some things for you.

Posted: November 19, 2011
Thank you so much for not trying to put me down! Many have already tried to tell me i am playing wrong, so I highly respect your decision to respect mine therefore I will listen and respect your opinion. :)

But yeah, through my personal experience ive received a few good comments on my violin, even more after I got my strings changed. So I would trust the site if I was to make a purchase.

And I agree with you: i'd prefer to buy the instrument in person (for example, I would NEVER order a piano online! Way too many things that need to be checked out in person!) So it would be the same thing, but because I am minority, I can't walk into a store and play their violins... I suppose I've kind of just sucked it up this whole time and online will have to do.

But that being said, what would you look for to know it is actually good and not just made out to appear good? If you know anything.

Posted: November 19, 2011
Hi Sean, 

sorry, nothing 'personal' but I don't 'believe' in 'left handed' violins....

I am one of those people who thinks violins are all the same.... made your decision to go 'left handed' and I'll respect that and I am not here to argue it.

Let's just say that if you stayed with the 'flow' of the main 'ordinary' violin then you could buy any violin you wanted, even a stradivari if you were lucky enough to win the lottery LOL ;) :D

Anyway.....I know what it is like to be 'in the minority', funny enough I am usually 'one of those'

so....looking at the violin you gave us the link for:

I know about the 'Gliga' violins, they are quite famous amongst students.

I personally have never heard one live, but I have heard MANY MANY people talking very well about them.  I have also heard good reviews about the site you linked to.

Going by the MANY reviews I have heard about these violins I would say you should be 'fairly' safe to go with that purchase 'if' you were to go ahead one day.

PS even if I heard good reviews about that site I would ALWAYS ALWAYS buy a violin in person if I could.