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Purchasing an Instrument

String instruments vary widely in appearance, sound quality, and cost. When selecting an instrument for purchase, a visit to a store or maker’s workshop will allow the buyer to try a variety of instruments and select one or two to try in practice or performance settings in advance of the purchase.

String instruments fall into three categories:

1) Factory made instruments, which are usually of a lower quality for rental or inexpensive sale.

2) Workshop instruments, which are handmade by a number of skilled luthiers and can range widely in value from step up quality student instruments to those of the Amati or Vuillaume workshops.

3) Handmade instruments by a master maker. These instruments are typically contain the highest quality of workmanship and materials.

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