I think it's time I upgraded my violin, but am dreading it really, there is nothing on my doorstep so am casting a sweep from Wallingford to Midhurst to Newbury to Egham to Winchester and within that circle roughly, there are shops at all four of these locations, who have varying amounts of stock and not sure how the price ranges will suit.
I think my budget will be in region of ?2000 and want something that will suit me for folk group and orchestra and solo. I have read many other comments so guess it is a case of looking to see what I can afford and trying as many as possible but would appreciate any guidance those of you who have bought instruments for grade 8 and above.
My current violin has been with me 10 years and has always been a toughie to play in some respects, think she is quite "buxom"
She lacks clarity in the higher registers and does not have the roundness of tone I am looking for, depite trying different strings, she remains a little edgy.
What I want is something a little finer, smaller? (though full size)good round, warm tone and decent upper tones and capable of singing in the right hands, hopefully mine eventually.
Any views on what, where to look in this vicinity, anyone ahd a good experience at violin shops, makers they can pass on, or bad ones?
What about new violins, it seems that there is a mixture of opinion and any advice on new or old gratefully received. My teacher will happily help me evaluate once I get to the point of trying any out at home