This little story illustrates a great point when selecting a violin. Violins that are cared for properly can last for centuries and be worth millions of dollars. The most expensive violin the world has known reportedly sold for seven million dollars last year. Never fear, you will not have to shell out millions for your own violin! Quality instruments can be purchased for around 50 to 100 dollars. It is important that you do a little homework to you ensure yourself that you will obtain a quality instrument. Violin musical instruments, for the most part, have resisted mass production. There are many qualified violin technicians be happy to help you with your selection.
You must be able to identify all of the external components of the violin. From the scroll to the tail piece and everything in between, are all parts need to be examined for wear and damage when selecting your violin musical instrument. Generally speaking, wear and damage will be noticeable, even to the untrained eye. Check the fingerboard for grooves that might be worn into it from the strings. Make sure the pegs operate freely, and that they work the way they are intended. Look for wear and sloppiness where the pegs attach to the peg box. Check the bridge for splits or other damage. Look at the body of the violin, examining it for excessive wear and varnish condition. Check the bow for frog and tip condition. Make sure the bow screw works properly. If possible, tune the violin and then play something on it to make sure that it will hold its tune.