Good to hear back from you…I know about the XueChang VN100…did you get it from fiddlesticks.ca..I noticed they have a left handed VN102 too. The left handed ones are a bit hard to find. My reason for the left handed instrument is because of injuries to the middle fingers required me to go left handed..not a problem as I’m significantly left handed already. I inherited a new East German violin in the Strad style and have been learning on that for the past five months…it has a very good sound and projection so I’ll hang on to it until I get significantly more proficient. Maybe we can meet over coffee some time and exchange some points about our experiences so far..maybe by late spring?? Back to you!