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THE INSTRUMENT.
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means of which the effects of any sudden shock are minimised. The best cases are mostly obtained from Paris, though some very good ones are made in Mark-neukirchen.
Prices of violins.
It is not easy to state the exact price of a violin, especially of an old one, and here particular fancy and habit come also into the question. The best old Italian violins, such as those by Stradivarius and Guarnerius, are in our own time excessively dear, often £300 to £1000, and even more. Stradivarius received for his violins about 4 Louis d'or. Amati violins are considerably less, costing from £150 to £300. Other old Italian violins, if in fine condition, cost £30 and upwards. New violins by celebrated makers may cost from £15 to £30, yet one can often get a very useful instrument for from 50/-upwards.
Prices of Violin cases.
Cases cost from 5/- to £3, the latter price including a leather covering.
Prices of bows.
The bows of Tourte now cost ,£25 and upward. New silver mounted bows of best quality cost about 30/-, mounted in German silver about 18/-. Inferior qualities may be had from 3/- upward. The worth of a bow to its possessor consists in its firmness and elasticity, and in its proving fit to execute every kind of bowing with cer≠tainty.
Care of the instrument.
The instrument must always be kept clean and in order; every part should always be in proper condition. The dust from the resin must, every time after playing, be wiped from the upper table, fingerboard and bridge with a soft cloth. The strings, fingerboard and neck are then rubbed with an old silk handkerchief, taking care not to rub the strings to and fro, but always in one direction, else small fibres may be loosened. If the strings are dirty through perspiring fingers, the upper three strings may be rubbed with a little neats' foot oil or
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