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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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 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