Books on Purchasing a String
Bein, Robert, and Geffrey Fushi. The Primrose. Chicago,
Bein and Fushi, 1983.
book contains pictures and descriptions of the Primrose violin.
This type of book is useful to raise students' awareness of quality
in an instrument.
Fritz. How to Buy a Violin. Chicago: Fritz Reuter Jr., 1971.
book tells the truth about buying a string instrument. Tells about
the five variables used in pricing: 1) Who made instrument, 2)
Health of Instrument, 3) Country it was made in, 4) Who owned it
last, 5) How it sounds. Tells how much different types of cracks
will devalue an instrument.
Books for Entertainment
Erdesz, Otto. Violin Theater. Great Neck, N.Y: Musical
Vistas Publishing, 1987.
is a violin maker in Toronto. His instruments are known for their
unusual shapes. This book is filled with characatures. Great for
a coffee table in a waiting room.