FORUM

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
What to watch out for in used instruments?
What to avoid buying a used viola? Where's a good place to look?
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
Justinvs
Member
Members
March 7, 2015 - 7:34 pm
Member Since: January 17, 2015
Forum Posts: 10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Someday, not anytime soon - for now I'm very happy playing my 'silent' electric viola while I learn how to play the damned thing! - but eventually I would like to get a decent acoustic viola. A used student model would be fine, or better still, a nice instrument that is cosmetically beat up but still playable. I don't ever expect to perform in public, so it would be strictly for my own enjoyment and obviously I will never need an expensive viola. Anyone have any tips on buying second hand instruments in this category? What are the things to look for and what things to avoid?

 

FWIW, I live over a hundred miles from the nearest music store, and while there are some pawn shops closer I don't think I've ever seen a viola come up for sale. You see fiddles now and then, and even stand-up basses, but not violas. Chances are I would have to buy online.

Avatar
Ripton
Members

Regulars
March 8, 2015 - 1:06 pm
Member Since: July 7, 2013
Forum Posts: 101
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Have you checked out the student models over at Fiddlershop? Mike is great helping with any question and Fiddlerman have a bunch of videos of the instrument. I recently purchased an intermediate level instrument and so far love it... 

Avatar
Justinvs
Member
Members
March 8, 2015 - 2:27 pm
Member Since: January 17, 2015
Forum Posts: 10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

That's certainly a thought. When I finally do buy one it will probably be in the $150-200 range, so a student model if it's decent would certainly fit the bill. And I would much rather give Fiddlershop the business than Fleabay!

Avatar
Violaman
Admin
March 20, 2015 - 4:07 pm
Member Since: October 2, 2011
Forum Posts: 529
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

We would love to find a viola at that price range that we feel is consistent and adequate but for now, your best bet, and it's a c--p shot, would be something like a Cecilio.

We don't test and adjust them because our profit margins are so low that basically the extra shipping costs would reduce the chance for us to be competitive. As is now, all dealers seem to only dropship the Cecilio violas.

Cecilio Handmade Rosewood Viola CVA-400

Cecilio Handmade Ebony Viola CVA-500 

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 134
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 6
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today None
Upcoming None
Top Posters:
HeadCheese: 355
Ferret: 119
Ripton: 101
Manny: 66
VinceKnight: 60
coolpinkone: 55
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 0
Members: 52362
Moderators: 0
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 1
Forums: 19
Topics: 364
Posts: 2035
Newest Members:
MichaelHearM, MichaelWof, marvaub1, warrenqu18, allrumeeno, AbrahamLiant
Administrators: Violaman: 529, Barry Nelson: 299, BillyG: 81