I just purchased a 5 string Damiano violin from Michael about a week ago. He has a great deal. You can have the option of try before you buy. He sent me 2 violins and bows to try out for up to 30days! It only took me a few days to decide on the violin I wanted. It was so easy dealing with Michael and his company Superior Violins and Bows. He answered all my questions and helped me decide on the best violin and bow for me. I was trying to learn violin on this cheap $300 violin for about a year and decided that I wanted to keep learning how to play it and bought a much nicer violin. What a BIG difference it made!