|The eBay Super-Bargain Violin|
HERE IT IS, THE FINISHED PRODUCT
|A working violin, including bow, case, rosin, and two extra strings, for just $54.50, delivered!||A great violin? For this price?? Oh, c'mon!! But a surprisingly adequate instrument, nonetheless. Here's my story ...|
It all started with a question posted to a violin discussion group.
A member had bought an inexpensive violin on eBay, but couldn't get any sound from it. Several posts later, I stumbled upon the answer: The instrument had been shipped with the bridge down and no set-up instructions. This was the buyer's first violin, and so she didn't know what the bridge was for. To her, it was just a flat piece of unfinished wood with no apparent purpose. After we explained it and she set it up, she got sound from the instrument, but the last I heard, she'd broken a string, so she still didn't have a playable instrument.
It caught my attention that she had gotten a brand new full-sized violin setup for about $50.00 total, including shipping. What kinda piece of junk violin can you get for $50.00, total, I wondered. The seller (edmwholesalers) still had 60 or so left, listed among his $2.50 paint spray guns, $20.00 crossbows, $3.50 cat scratching posts, and $1.00 hammer drills, and and so I went for it.
It was a "Buy It Now" sale. Final price: $34.50 for the violin, $17.50 for shipping, and $2.50 for mandatory insurance. Grand total, $54.50 delivered. Believe me, for this price, my expectations couldn't have been much lower.
By the way, last time I checked, edmwholesalers had just one left. But don't worry. Seller "grace-delivered-inc" had a bunch of the exact same setup for about the same price. I'm sure someone will have something similar when you get there, so no need to rush ...
PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT endorsing any particular seller of cheap violins on eBay. I had no complaints about edmwholesalers, but neither was there anything special to recommend them. I have done no business with the other seller I mentioned; merely an example of someone selling the same thing I'd bought. Both have feedback that's adequate, but not stellar.