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Pricing Policies

Each instrument, bow and case is marked with a sticker or tag clearly stating the price for that item.  Prices are not negotiable down, however, if you feel that an instrument or bow may be underpriced, we can discuss a higher price.

Prices for instruments and bows are carefully determined, based upon the following:

1.  Name and reputation of the maker.  Traditionally, this is the most important factor in determining the value.  It takes many years to build a name and reputation.  

2.  Origin — where the item was made (Italy, France, England. etc.)  

3.  Age- Viollins, Violas, and Cellos can last hundreds of years if well cared for.  

4.  Condition-  wear, damage, and repairs will effect the value.

5.  Overall appearance and tone.  Aesthetics and tone are subjective qualities.  

I gladly accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. Because mine is a small company, I do not offer financing of any kind.  If you need financing help, check with your bank before you come in.  Many banks are sensitive to the needs and circumstances of musicians.

Trade-in and Tradeing-up
If you are purchasing an instrument or bow from me, I will consider trade-ins bought from me.  I ask you to leave the item with me for at least a week so that I may arrive at a fair offer.

Any instrument or bow that you buy from me can be traded in at a later date for another of equal or greater value.  You will be given a fair value on the trade-in based on the condition at time of trade-in.  You must have your original receipt for trade-ins.  I do not take used cases or shoulder rests back as trade-ins.


Teacher Commissions
I do not feel that it is ethical to give secret commissions, or gift certificates to teachers. Download this PDF from The Strad, September 2006 for an interesting article about the topic of teacher commissions. Many times the teacher is the trusted source when considering a purchase from any shop.  I believe that the teacher deserves to be treated with respect, and that their time and experience is valuable.  It is up to the person or persons looking to buy an instrument or bow from my shop to compensate the teacher, not the shop selling the items.  It is obvious to me that it would not be fair to the purchaser for the teacher to get compensation that the purchaser is not aware of.

The purchase of a stringed instrument or bow can be a substantial investment.  It is common to seek the advice of an experienced player.  This person is usually your teacher, however remember that sound is subjective, and you are not buying the instrument for your teacher.  

If you buy an instrument or bow at my shop, your teacher will not secretly get any sort of commission, or gift certificate from me.  Many of the shops I compete against do this, however, and if you are relying on the objective advice of your teacher, it may help to be aware of this.  Certainly you should compensate your teacher for his or her time if they help you to choose an instrument. 

Learning to discern quality from one instrument or bow is part of learning to play the instrument.  Your teacher can serve you better by teaching you how to pick out the instrument or bow yourself rather than picking out the instrument or bow for you.  

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