I would really like to encourage you to have a look at Michael’s retail site, superiorviolins.com. He has some great starter violins there and right now, through August 4 you can get them 10% off. All the violins on the website are set up with good strings, a good bow, rosin and case. They are constructed so that you can learn with as little frustration as possible. Cheap violins are not made according to industry standards and very often, dimensions are off, making them impossible to tune and/ or keep in tune, and sometimes they just don’t sound good no matter what you do. I have seen violins that look ok, then you try to play it and pressing a finger down causes the string to lay against the fingerboard, preventing it from vibrating. This situation makes it impossible to play.
Michael current sale page is located here:
Or you can visit the retail site and look at the other instruments. Maybe you don’t feel all that motivated now, but we offer a lot of resources that keep you going and help you every step of the way. You can always email me if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org