About ten years ago when I was 14 years old, my dad bought a made in China violin for $100, which I have kept safely until this day. I played on it for a couple of years, after which I stopped and have re-continued again not so long ago. I am sure I will play violin till I die because it is an instrument I have and will always be mad about. I am not flattering myself but the instrument was so easy to me. It made me complete as if the violin and I are made for each other. I have always wanted to buy an expensive violin but the truth is I only have around $400-500 now and I do not know if that will make a huge difference. I took my old violin to a luthier (a decent one) who did minor adjustments and said the violin is ok and nothing inherently wrong. I then took it to my old music teacher who told me that the fiddle I have is sufficient enough for practice and buying an expensive one is totally upto me. I have a gifted ear from a young age and can do weird stuff when it comes to music. I do it as a hobby and currently work full time for an IT firm and have no intention on becoming a professional violinist. I will go to university again for a master's degree, and hence I can't spend a lot of money on a violin for now. Is an upgrade worth it right now or should I wait 2-3 years and get a $1000-2000 violin. In order to improve the violin, I now use a Teller bridge, Pirastro rosin and Thomastik Dominant strings and it does make a noticeable difference, although it will never match a fine instrument.
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