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    Are there any guidelines to use in deciding to purchase a better violin besides whether you can afford it and can appreciate the better sound? Is there a point in playing where the instrument could be a factor limiting improvement?

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    It never hurts to walk into a shop every now and then and out several. They all sound a little different. I found that a much better sounding instrument makes me want to practice all the time. I used to think I had not progressed at all until I went into a shop and voila, I sounded better! But it’s a personal decision, I think. When you’re ready and can afford it, you’ll know. I went to the jay Rury shop in Richardson Tx and they will let you play as many violins as you want all day and never pressure you. You can give a price range and they won’t go over it. Happy hunting!

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    It’s uually because the violin hold you back, like the sound and technique cannot keep growing because of it… you should ask your teacher too

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    I have heard that the violin can hold people back… but I brought my $120 Chinese violin to the shop to have strings replaced and the shop owner played my violin and it sounded amazing. He saud he couldn’t believe the unbelievably gorgeous sound he got out of that violin… he deals in very high end violins (I was naive to that before I went there… I went to his shop because he was open on a Wednesday and everyone else was closed. ). Anyway, he said he was really surprised at the sound that came from the violin and complimented me on my purchase. I was startled by the volume he produced on my violin. I didn’t know it could be so loud! I had found it on consignment at a store specializing in guitars. This guy is a professional violinist in many ensembles in Chicago…

    I’m wondering if it is easier for a professional violinist to get a good sound from my $120 violin… if they can better compensate for things that might be problematic for beginners.

    I am also wondering why it is that intermediate players sometimes benefit from stepping up in instruments. What exactly are the concrete differences that support skill development when beginners step up to an intermediate violin?

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    Priscilla Gaskins

    I think upgrading to a better violin is a personal decision- if you have the real desire to play and can’t afford an expensive violin you can work till you get the sound you want- I learned that from my first violin teacher who was a very elderly lady. She told me about her first violin- her family couldn’t afford one and somehow she got an old beat up violin- she said she wanted to learn so badly- some strings were missing and she taught herself to compensate – she took lessons and said her teacher was appalled at the condition of the violin- well when she played for him he was amazed- so it is possible to play on cheap ones

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    I guess it all comes down on your budget. Also, I personally had a great impact when I upgraded from the most basic and cheapest violin to a cheap yet better violin. I found it so much fun to play and the sound was awesome. That made me decide I want to buy a new and better violin which is why I am shopping on superior violin.

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    I’m not sure I will ever get a better violin. If I get to the point where I want to upgrade, I might get a viola instead.

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    I consider my violin as cheap. It is a $600 Knilling. I feel like I get a nice sound out of it, especially after my favorite luthier fitted a new bridge and did a perfect job of getting in the sweet spot, as I call it. I do plan to get one of Mike’s $3,000 violins at some time. I can’t wait to see the difference. I might try renting it at first.

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    I think with violin it can be entirely personal. I felt as a raw beginner I did not really “earn” enough progress to go from a pretty good instrument up to the Damiano, but I have been playing teh Damiano for a week now and I REALLY enjoy the sound of the tones I am getting. Sometimes personal preference and budget are all you need to consider. Don’t let anyone, even that voice in your head, tell you you are not ready yet. If I were a millionaire I would run out and buy one of the great euro violins! You want to enjoy the sound you hear no matter what level you play. But you can also enjoy violin more if you are not having to stress about retirement or your food budget. So really, there is an instrument for everyone.

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    Priscilla Gaskins

    Marlayum after all the cheap violins i started with I really think maybe one should start out on a better violin-I always had a hard time getting the tone I wanted-but never could and went from cheap to cheap-I did not have the money to buy anything expensive-still dont! But since meeting Michael I have finally gotten the love of my life-I will be more in debt for a while-I traded in a Sandro Luciano i got from my luthier-he gave me a trade in on my 2 cheap violins-and got the Sandro Luciano for $600- which i thought was expensive! Well traded that in for a Damiano -loved it but then Michael says he has one he wants me to try- so goodbye Damiano and hello Kowalski!! Now I love practicing and have the tone I have been looking for-If I could have had this my whole time learning i may have progressed more!!! Also Michael has helped me with a good bow- so Thanks to Michael I am still in debt but I am happy!

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