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Another antique violin just sold for 2 million dollars. Is playing violin only for rich people?
by JulianBranington


Another antique violin just sold for 2 million dollars. Is playing violin only for rich people?

The common wisdom is that violins from the distant past sound and play better than modern violins. The only good ones used to be made a long time ago. No one can buy a good violin made today.

If you are just learning to play the violin, can you get by with a modern violin? Do you have to buy a relic from the renaissance?

Fasten your seatbelt because we are hitting all the stops on the modern versus ancient violin express tour.

Asking a violin; What's your age?

The short answer is really old. Some violins displayed in museums are over 500 years old. The golden age for masters of violin craftsmanship is considered to be 300 years ago. Instruments from this time period are still played in concert today. Violins made during the time period of the 1500s to 1700s are the most sought after.

A craftsman of "Varius" skills.

He made more than a thousand musical instruments during his lifetime, but you never heard him complain. Living during the 1600s and 1700s, Antonio Stradivari was a master violin maker. Renowned in his day, his fame stretches even into the modern era. Hundreds of his violin exist as examples of expert construction.

So What Do I Buy?

Who wouldn't want to own a living piece of history that makes beautiful music. Still, playing an instrument worthy of display in a museum may not be the most practical choice for a working musician. If your goal is to play a violin everyday, it make be time to talk about 21st century instruments.

What's Age got to do with it?

Yes, it is really true. Despite the impression that all the violin makers died when the renaissance needed, plenty of people still make violins today. In fact new technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques produce millions of quality violins for people all over the world.

That New violin smell

You know that a brand new compact car requires a lot less maintenance than a classic 60's muscle car. Violins are the same way. The maintain sound and playability, older violins need constant care and sometimes repair. Modern violins free you from the worry of old damage and take less effort to keep in good shape.

The Right Violin for You

Once you have had an instrument thoroughly inspected and confirmed that it is a fit violin, free from any defects or imperfections, you will have a good instrument whatever your final choice ends up coming down to. Remember, only you have to play this instrument. It must be comfortable to use and fit your size and style properly. A good quality violin brings joy and enchanting music.

Regardless of your final choice, you will receive countless rewards from embarking on a lifelong love of classic music with the violin.

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