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I joined this forum six years ago when I was borrowing an electric violin. Things didn't progress as I had hoped. Other musical interests (sax and bass) took over, had to return the electric fiddle.
Fast forward six years, was out watching the Christmas Carol play, a violinist and guitar player did a few numbers before the play, and during the play. Told my wife, I should try to play violin again. She said go buy one. Well OK.
Checked a local music store for one, wanted to attempt to support a local business. Most of the music stores in my area have closed. They didn't have any. Didn't want to go to Amazon or Guitar Center or Craigslist. So I came back to fiddlershop, occasionally see an ad on facebook or a video on youtube.
I bought the apprentice model, figure that would be a good price point for quality and not too big of an investment.
It arrived Saturday afternoon, noodled around on it while I was watching the patriots game. Did the same on Sunday. It has a decent tone, seems well made, this is the first time I have even held a real violin. My wife said it sounded nice, she was expecting worse, the typical screeching sounds from a beginner violinist.
So let the journey begin anew, next stop, the BSO! (at least once I figure out where my fingers are supposed to go and I master hot cross buns)
Hopefully it's easier 2nd time around! - hee....I took a break for 2-3 years in-between too, had played for about 6 months the first time on a little cheapo electric, didn't really learn enough to forget... no lessons... did learn to read music, so wasn't a waste of time, loved it both times, still loving it! - welcome and good luck!