Samantha Durrant, 20-year-old violinist, in order to compete with her international peers she requires a substantially better violin.
She found one that is quite cheap in violin terms at R600,000.
Durrant went to Europe recently to play for the Commonwealth Youth orchestra and looked for a suitable violin.
Conductor Richard Cock weighed in on the issue and confirmed that this is an issue for many musicians.
Cock said many try to borrow investment pieces from trusts, foundations, collectors and philanthropists.
You have to find a generous benefactor or work and save.— Conductor Richard Cock
Listen: Ways to work around expensive musical instruments discussed.