Sometimes, the upper echelon of violinists forget the struggles others have to afford a single instrument.
Hilary is writing on her dealer’s site:
It’s hard to compare them; I’ve had such different experiences with each, at different points in my life. I do know that the 1864 doesn’t feel quite as natural to play as it used to. Something changed about it over the years and I haven’t changed in the same direction. But these things can reverse on a dime, so I don’t discount it at all. It’s a powerful violin with a luscious but clear sound. The 1865 is right for me these days. It’s nimble but strong, responds to my subtler nuances, moves with me. It’s like an extension of myself. That difference may be psychological; a player-instrument relationship is as complex as an interpersonal one….
Read on here.