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#beginquote# Alot of the cheaper violins that you see on auction sites like eBay are just that - cheap. You definitely need to be careful when buying an instrument on any site like that. There are a number of websites that give pointers on what to look for and be careful about when buying instruments on eBay..... though the names of those sites slip my mind at the moment (should be easy enough to google). My advise: Don't expect to find an inexpensive professional instrument on an auction site. It would probably be better to rent an instrument from a local music store. Good violins (at least where I'm at) rent for about $10 - $15 a month. If you rent for 2 months, that will give you enough time to determine if you like the instrument or not. If you do, keep renting until you decide to buy, at which point most music store will apply all the money that you have paid in rental fees onto the purchase price. If you don't like the instrument but want to try another, they should be able to transfer those funds into the new instrument. Worst case scenario: If a couple of months of renting a violin turns you off of playing an instrument altogether, then you will have only spent $20 or $30 on a really good instrument, as opposed to the $75 - $100 (after shipping) you will have paid for your crappy instrument that you got from eBay. Just my $0.02. Take it for what it's worth. If it makes any difference, I can tell you that I bought my first horn on eBay for a couple hundred bucks, and I regretted it because I could have gotten a much nicer horn via the local music store using the rent-to-own option, and I wouldn't have had the hassle of trying to resell my eBay horn. Oh well.... live and learn! #endquote#
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