Well… we’ll talk about this in a bit.
But the point is, in many cases, when we’re comparing a violin to “good old boy” violins, we’re really comparing to new violins, made from the same type of material, or made using the same equipment. So when the price becomes less than the same quality of the old ones, there’s a very big price differential.
In the old days, manufacturers used to sell violins at between $500 and $1,000!
Nowadays, the price of a good violin can cost up to $2,000, making it much easier to sell any other violin from any maker. The old makers had a big advantage selling their wares to violins, but now, it’s all new violins made all the time, making violins the new violins.
So why is cheap violins so much more sought after?
It turns out that the quality and design of good violins is just as important for us as they are for the manufacturer. The quality of a piece of music plays a huge role in how successful your piece is.
In some ways, the quality and design of instruments plays a part in how successful your audience will be.
The quality of your instrument is also a big part of how well you will enjoy your experience with it. If you play with a bad instrument, then you may not enjoy yourself, and you may get a bad view of the performance.
How do good violins compare to “regular” violins?
Viola-brand violins cost more, but this only makes sense from the standpoint of quality – if it’s one of the best violins on the market, then the other violins you might play with are going to be of higher quality as well.
There are several reasons why these “regular” violins cost more to manufacture, and many of these reasons apply to quality as well. Below are a few highlights.
The material of the violins (stainless steel/aluminum) is not that valuable. The quality of the instrument may be better, but it is not “better” enough to justify buying that many of them in a batch. The design of the instrument is less “designer”-focused, and more focused on function.
I was able to find the violins sold in the UK, the United States, and elsewhere that cost less than $2,000.