Hey Caleshire…glad you enjoyed the blog article we put together on the comparison of instruments. It is amazing at what the differences you will find between two different types of violins. It sounds like you are interested in trying out my Marina model and it so happens I have a few really good ones here I could send your way! If you want to give me a call, I can setup the try-before-you-buy program with you; feel free to call my cell phone at 616-299-9196. Look forward to getting to know you and helping you find a great instrument!