I am 51 years old, a late starter to the violin. I have a full size 1996 Hermann Beyer E201 violin that was a rental in a local music store. It is in pretty good condition, no cracks, chips, repairs, etc. I started playing in January 2010. My teacher says I play at about a two and a half year level now, and I am playing second violin in the local community orchestra. I will never be a professional, currently I enjoy playing for myself and in the orchestra and practice in trio with viola and cello players from the orchestra. I would like to be good enough to play at weddings and local events in a small trio or group.
My question is...what general level/quality would this instrument be considered? When should I look to upgrade, if I keep progessing? Will this instrument limit me, or will just my own abilities be the limit with this instrument.
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