Here are some pointers from Strings Notes for those of you with a budget to buy a violin at (USD) $10,000 to $15,000. This category price would also put you in what is classified as “Professional Instrument” category.
According to this article, this price range is very safe especially if you were to buy an instrument from a modern maker who made the violin from start to the very end. (as opposed to it being assembled by different hands) from experience, the violin would retain its value just in case you would like to resell your instrument in the future. This means, a cheaper violin may cost less but when selling it, it may be harder to change hands without incurring a loss. You will also get what you are paying for as the maker would have had the necessary experience, tried tested to incur a sale of his masterworks at this price range.
Buying old French and German Instruments at this price is also a safe value. Of course, do make sure your violin always comes with a valuation or maker’s authenticity certification and check for cracks and other flaws. Some maybe easily fixable while others may cost hefty sums to reinstate its condition. For such old instruments, it is advisable to seek help from an external Luthier to give you the correct advice before proceeding with your purchase. You may want to consider all costs before buying the instruments.
In this regard, a lot more players are turning to modern instruments as it is now well researched that modern instruments can sound as well or if not better than their older contemporaries. Ever wondered how much to spend on a violin? Now we know the price tag!