The Basic Concept
The What // 01
The violin to the lower right is worth $10,000. The one above it is worth $200. The bows respectively are $2000 and $25. Most of the value difference is how the instrument and bow can sound together. As with wine tasting, differences are best appreciated when compared side by side.
In commercial application, the two to the left would be thrown away since the labor costs of repair exceeds value of the instrument. At times instruments like this make their way into the non-profit music world. Instruments donated to a non-profit in disrepair, while it is well meaning, is a recipe for student frustration and personal defeat. Our task at StringWizards is to seek out these instrument, properly restore them, and see that they are given or leased free of charge to a needy student.