How to buy a violin or other musical instruments

This argument is certainly very long to deal with, I will only give some guidance indications that can be an help especially to musicians, music lovers and parents of music students.

violino antico
old violin

Giving value to old instruments, luthier’s services and other is an objective that Atelier Cesarini pursues from the beginning, the first step was to create a very detailed luthier price list of the most demanding services.
It was not a very first absolute, but certainly one of the first listprice to have a remarkable specificity, without leaving free interpretation.

Now let’s see which parameters are reliable to give a value to an bowed instrument or a bow, then we’ll try to figure out what we can buy with a certain budget.

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Pro Student Instruments, musical instruments for sale

In this video, Mathilde Sigier plays a beautiful theme by John Williams, with our cello Cesarini Pro Studio, in its semi-professional version, and with Cesarini Selected cello bow.

Atelier Cesarini has created the semi-professional series to give the opportunity to all students with a forward-looking perspective (Academy) to buy a good cello with excellent timbre output and exceptional soundness, also the price is very interesting.

The amateur series is more suitable for all beginners, especially students who have to face the 4/4 seize for first time, but who do not want to buy an entry level.

Violoncello prezzi
Cello, semi professional

The price of a Cesarini Pro Studio cello is even less in case you opt for a package including bow and case.

Crime scene on the bench, an antique violin

Discovering a true antique violin from the 1800s or 1900s can be very interesting.

We need to consider that almost all the old musical instruments have now been undercovered, due to the strong interest of a multitude of people that want to take possession of them. So we need to be realistic when we find something, that maybe can have value. A real antique violin of 1800, for example, it can come real damaged, rarely in good condition, expecially the top spruce and varnish.

antique violin opening
antique violin opening

Be aware of flea markets, or not very transparent luthiers, who try to delude you of having a rediscovered a “pearl in the desert”, dated two hundred years. More plausible it is instead a violin that an old owner wants to undo it and then sells it, perhaps through an intermediary.

In the downer photo, the instrument in restoration, has just been rediscovered in an attic. This is a bit the clichet of classical lutherie: “Nonna told me that there is a Stradivari above!”.

It is not “Stradivari“, but a copy of an old German violin with a label bearing “Stradivarius Cremonensis, etc.”, is a copy, but it retains its interest. The woods of this instrument will certainly be very seasoned, even if a bit “bruised”. Finding it partly destroyed is the least that can be expected, we consider that almost a hundred years have passed, they are not few.

Violino rotto
Violino antico, ritrovato. Restauro presso Atelier Cesarini

Atelier Cesarini buy old violins and other antique instruments (also bows) during the year and we restore them. We call those “Cesarini Collection“.

 

BONUS VIVALDI, purchase musical instruments online, with good prices for young people

Atelier Cesarini offers a strong discount, dedicated to young european musicians , on all the products related to the string quartet, which are semi-professional Cesarini Pro Studio, bows Cesarini Selected and Atelier Cesarini and on semi professional musical instruments.

Artigianato
Atelier Cesarini, a violin crafting.

The following promotion is valid only during certain periods of the year and can not be combined with other offers in progress. It may be requested by all european students under the age of 25, attending a course of music that could be private or public (Conservatories, Music High Schools, all schools of music that have no association, regular private teachers).

Discount in percentage, calculated on the final cost of the product:

  • Violins professional, 25% discount
  • Semi-professional violins, 30% discount
  • Professional violas, on commission 25% discount
  • Semi-professional violas, 30% discount
  • Professional cellos, 20% discount on commission
  • Semi-professional cellos, 30% discount
  • Classical guitars, mod. “Inguaggiato”, 25% discount
  • Bows Cesarini Selected, 30% discount
  • Bows Atelier Cesarini, 25% discount

To make a request send an email to info@liuteriacesarini.com, specify your personal data (full name, address, social security number, telephone number) to request a quote.

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Different quality compared, how to buy a cello

The following video represents the dilemma of every student or professional, where to look for the “perfect” musical instrument?

Vintage, handcrafted or studio?

We are in 2017, the era of the web is more real than ever, but unfortunately the common musician does not have exactly a precise idea of what goes on in the market and, above all, of what he needs.

Doubt is certainly a symbol of ability to discern, too much security often leads to risky purchases. Try and listen, this is what we recommend to all musicians looking for their musical instrument.

One’s own subjectivity plays an important role and must not be put aside. The advice of a friend or a professor should never be disdained, indeed it is precious, but it must be sought and not received in a coercive manner. This must never become a “dictat”, one’s taste must become contaminated with various opinions, to strengthen oneself not to annihilate oneself.

In the video Mathilde Sigier plays three cellos, in order:

1 – Semi-professional “Cesarini Pro Studio” cello
2 – Vintage Cello, old french factory (Cesarini Collection)
3 – Old violin-making, cello (circa 1800)

The cello bow used is a Cesarini Selected in round pernambuco.

BONUS STRADIVARI 2017, big discount on musical instruments

Bonus Stradivari, pacchetto violino Cesarini Pro Studio
Bonus Stradivari, Cesarini Pro Studio set

BONUS STRADIVARI 2017, attivation.

The certificate may already be requested from the relevant institution, so that you can reserve your instrument. The physical withdrawal of the product can only take place starting from 20 April.

Bonus Stradivari is a big discount on musical instruments.

Who has already used the 2016 Stradivari Bonus, can request the Stradivari 2017 Bonus. The final part that will be discounted will be decreased by -1000 euros.
example: Purchase of a new violin, gross price 3000.00 euros – 65% discount (bonus Stradivari 2018) which amounts to 1950.00 euros. From that discount the bonus already used (1950.00-1000.00) = 950.00 euros is removed. The discount to which you will be entitled is therefore € 950.00.

In the absence of funds, it may be impossible to join the bonus offer, in this case Atelier Cesarini offers the possibility to join the Vivaldi Offer. You need to be a student here in Italy.

Everyone can ask for OFFERTA VIVALDI, our best offer that is valid along the year.

Rehairing, some advices (example during a violin bow rehair)

Our advice to evaluate a rehairing.

on pic a double bass rehairing

  • if the hairs are pulled out from the head or the frog, it could be a loosening of a weak node in the “mortes”.
  • if the hairs break too easily or stretch too much, or they are of poor quality or the flame on them is used to “stretch them” (bad procedure, here is bandit!). There may be other causes, but they are more rare.
  • if the bow leap too easily, compared to before, maybe a wrong number of hairs have been mounted.
  • if they wooden tap slip out from the “mortes” of the frog or head, it means the mortes may not have been properly adjusted.
  • if you find a split tip and before it was not, probably the wooden tap has been  plugged too much pressurized.
  • if the frog breaks off, a wooden tap in the wood will probably be too pressurized.

on video a violin bow rehair