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Hello everyone, I'm brand new to Fiddlerman, and fairly new to the violin as well. I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but it seemed logical. I've been playing for just about a year and am having perhaps too much fun (just ask my neighbors).
Here's my dilemma: I bought an inexpensive violin from a pawn shop when I first considered learning, just to see if I would enjoy it. I brought a friend with me who had some previous experience working in a music shop, and she verified for me that the violin I purchased was in good shape. For a $120 violin, it actually sounds really nice, I love it. However, I didn't know it was a 3/4 when I bought it and have just recently discovered this. I'm only 5' tall, a pretty small lady, so I can make it work ok, but I think it would be wise to graduate to a 4/4 to continue my education with so I'm not so cramped.
I've looked at gosh-knows-how-many violins, and have a budget of somewhere between $500-$800 if possible (although I can stretch that if I need to), and would like an instrument I can have for many years into the future. Honestly, the people in the music shops I've visited are just very confusing, and it seems pretty obvious they're just trying to stuff any violin in my hands and run my credit card. I should probably mention the 3/4 violin I have now is a Scherl and Roth.
Any advice at all from you more experienced players? Favorite step-up violins or things to avoid?
Welcome to the forum, @rottrunner.
With your budget I'm sure Pierre, aka Fiddlerman, could find a real decent violin for you. Also he could answer your concern about violin size as 4/4, full size is better than fractional.
You could call the shop to talk to him or send email. There is a link/info right on top of the page.
Again, welcome to the forum.
Hello @ratvn , thanks for your reply!
I've been looking quite a bit at the Kohr K565 that's in the Fiddleshop, and I think you're correct, a phone call will likely help a lot.
The more I browse, the more often I see Fiddlerman pop up on the internet with very insightful advice on every little thing, which is wonderful.
Thanks so much for your advice! =)