False bow instruments and fake violins are circulating in Italy, with a non-real material value attributed to them. Violins and viole without an internal label, sold for the ancients of the ’40s and’ 50s, while in reality they are common entry level violins (Chinese or Romanian).
Accompanied by “artisan” bows of quality and suspicious veracity, given the low cost. Data collected from our customers, who came to us to solve the problem.
The sales value of the set in the picture, which serves as an example, is about 400.00-600.00$, price too low to be goods of quality.
If you are looking for an instrument on a low price line I highly recommend the music stores, at least you will also have the invoice and the guarantee.
A good old violin or viola it can cost from 800$ to 1500$, a good old cello between 1500$ to 3000$. A better old instrument can reach also higher values.
Remember that it can be really easy to do a false label, pay attention during your purchases.