The store I teach at is really small and, like most music stores around here, their focus in on band instruments. They can’t afford to have an inventory of various violins so they work through a website that give the store credit if someone rents or rents to own a violin through them.
I won’t be able to get my local luthier for a couple weeks at least but I would much rather go that route just because of the attachment I have to my violin.
And stringdiva010 you are TOTALLY right about the practicing. I hate practicing because I always feel like it’s a struggle to make a good sound and I don’t have any motivation!