Uhhh.... Hi. I'm new here to the forums.
So I've been playing the violin for nearly 8 years now, and I'm wondering if I should transition from a student violin to a professional violin. The thing is however, I don't want to play professionally. I don't really want to enter in competitions, I am unsure of joining any orchestras in the future, but for the rest of my time playing the violin, I most likely am going to play for myself and for those close to me. Should I get a professional violin anyway or just stick to my student one?
If you can afford to buy a new violin why not treat yourself? I myself will most likely not be joining any orchestras in the future but when the time comes that I can afford a better violin I will be buying one. A more professional instrument will most likely be easier to play and if you plan to continue playing, even just for yourself, spending a bit of money on a nice instrument that can last you a lifetime is a good investment.
My knowledge of the violin is postcard-sized or smaller, but I'm a bit more used to other instruments, and teach guitar. I always used to say to my students (on guitar) that in a perfect world, all the experienced players would have the cheap, rubbish instruments because they can make anything sound good.
On the other hand, beginners are often well served by the forgiving qualities of a decent instrument and often are surprised by how good they sound and how much they enjoy playing something that costs a bit more.
Of course, the fly in this particular instrument is that beginners catch themselves in their own Catch 22. They don't particularly enjoy playing the rubbish instrument or the sounds it makes, so don't buy a better instrument which is more fun to play and sounds better. And you can understand this, of course - particularly at the beginning. But if you have half a sense of wanting to carry on with it, no harm is done by having a nice instrument that gives you pleasure.
Go for it, I say. It's only money...