I will stay in Shanghai for 3 months for business reasons and at home I'm regularly practicing on the violin. As I didn't take mine to Shanghai, I would like to buy a violin this weekend (to rent one would be also fine, but I think this is not very common here). I discovered already Fenyang road, where I tried some in 3 different violin shops, but I was quite lost due to the language. My price limit would be somewhere around 4.000 RMB max. Surely will not make a high-end instrument, but should at least not be super trashy. Do you have any other ideas where to buy instruments (used/old ones preferred)?
I read that bargaining is usual here, not only on markets, but also in the shops. What is a realisitc percentage of the shop price you could achive, e.g. if a violin is shown on 6.000 RMB? Do you have any suggestions on how to successfully bargain?
My problem is also that I don't speak a word Chinese.
Is anybody out there who might want to join me for this difficult task? Maybe if I spend some meal or drink afterwards?
Your help would be much appreciated!