<<When it costs more than your car>> Ha, good one!
But seriously, I’m guilty of breaking the violinists’ law of NOT buying old cheap junk, got one from Goodwill. The reason was simply due to money, and I really missed playing. I’ve been playing since 9, and I’m 55, have mostly played in churches. I did this in early 2012. Well, it came in an extremely old looking case, maybe early 20th century? This was falling apart and dusty and I threw it out, and got a good case, rosin, Dampit, etc. I don’t know if the violin is as old or it was just put into the case. It appears to be an old student violin, the varnish is wearing off in spots, particularly under the bridge (which is an Auber), and there are no markings uner the F holes. But it made a sound, so was usable. I didn’t like the sound much though. I took it to a music shop, and the owner said he could not see anything wrong with it, which surprised me. So, I don’t know. The interesting part is that he looked at my bow and said it may be an original Glasser. That was even more surprising. I don’t know to this day if he is correct or not, or if it’s just an old, cheap bow. (It does work fine though). I am really hoping someone who knows about bows could tell me, or at least point me in the right direction of finding out. I actually have this question under Accessories also, but I see this is more of a “live” thread so I’m putting it here as well. It is simply engraved “MADE IN GERMANY,” but I suspect many bows were? I’ve no clue really. Any help is appreciated. Here are a few images I put on my personal site for the purpose of viewing.