Have been playing since high school.
That was when I first studied the violin . An old Sears kit fiddle with gear pegs and the varnish removed. I paid $90.00 from someone living in a log cabin in Virginia. I should have taken more time while making purchase. Even shopped around or at the local music store where I had taken saxophone and accordian lessons. Never had a chance to study in professional music school.
Mostly . But regular institutions are no better than one on one teaching. The violins I have made, code as they were compared to standard violins,
Have been bought by unknown violin makers and finished and used for teaching exampamples in violin making schools. .