Christie, glad you’re enjoying the Vitale. I’m looking for my first owned violin as well. I picked out two online violins and have been trying out various violins at local violin shops (I’m lucky, there are three within 20 miles of home). Unfortunately, the ones I like at the local stores are all over $1,000.
I just emailed Michael about trying the Vitale. I’m especially curious about the pernambuco bow he’s including.
While trying out violins, I’ve used various bows at the shops and found that even a $100 carbon fiber bow sounds much better than the fiberglass bow that I’ve been renting.
I hope to finalize my selection by the end of this month so I can stop renting.