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musicalmarie1
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So here’s a question.

I’ve been playing for 15 years on the same violin. It’s an antique made in the 1870s and has been passed down from my great- great uncle to me. I’m probably the only one to play it since him. I love it, but I just feel like the sound I’m getting out of it isn’t as rich as it should be. I’ve tried new strings and a new bow, but to MY ears it still sounds too bright (although, in recordings, it’s not THAT bad).

Anyway, a music store I work at offers instrument rentals through a website, and they have the Eastman VL402 available as their highest quality instrument but I can’t find any genuine reviews on it. I would love to get a new violin that will give me the sound I want, but I would feel like I was cheating on my old violin.

So question is: would I be better off taking my violin to the local luthier and seeing what we can do to make it sound better OR should I invest in a new violin entirely and if so which do you suggest?