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I guess I was thinking - 'the easier student violins are to play, the more life-long customers/more sales' result thing. 😁 ...so if neck profile makes a big difference for smaller hands, I'd take that into consideration.
You know, here's another thing. In the guitar world, there really aren't 'student' guitars. There aren't 'intermediate' guitars. There are good guitars, and there are bad guitars.
It's the same thing with drums. And basses.
But, for some weird reason, in the band and orchestral world, there are 'student' instruments. And people get in the mindset of thinking "Well, I am just beginning, so I should get a student instrument."
Was this just a label created so than manufacturers could continue selling lesser quality instruments in the first place? And a chain to keep people who keep playing upgrading instruments?
How is it, that the price of a good guitar has come down so much, a good drum set has come down so much with better manufacturing, but the prices of orchestral instruments have not?
Probably just some crazy conspiracy theory there that (woohoo! I just made my first conspiracy theory!)
There might not be "student" guitars per se but back when FirstAct instruments were at Walmart, it was definitely a "get this for your kid to see if they're serious" sort of thing. They were just good enough for that and priced accordingly, about $100 or so. If you learned a few tunes on it, it was time to go to Guitar Center and get something in the couple hundred bucks price range.
The closest comparison I have in the violin world is VSO's from China. Cheap, mass produced, just good enough to see if your kid's gonna stick with it (sometimes if you don't go toooooo cheap of course).
But here's the thing, an electric guitar works differently than a violin. Slap some nuts, pickups, and a jack on a 2x4 hunk of wood adequately long enough and you've got an electric guitar.
Violins, you can't just CNC the wood, it has to be carved for it to sound good. Steamed and pressed plywood just doesn't cut it like a laminated guitar body.
Going acoustic I feel is getting closer to the violin world, especially with classical guitars, but unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience in that area.
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