I was in the same boat once upon a time. My first violin was a $50 eBay unit. I used for just over a year to learn the basics. A few months ago, I finally upgraded to a Viviano Vitale through Michael Sanchez and Superior Violins. They offer a Try Before You Buy program and a payment plan. If playing violin is your passion, then try a violin from Superior Violins. You deserve it! I know I’m happy I did. I love to practice now and my skills show it.