Well, to start off, I began playing the violin in 5th grade (1995) in the public school system. I continued to advance, slowly, but yet became a decent player. I am currently serving in the US Navy, and played at the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra in Washington state. and recently stationed at Norfolk, VA. I have picked up the viola in recent months, and have come a long ways in such a short time. As well as other violinist that have tried or have converted to viola, the change is defiantly breath taking. I love both my violin and viola, but don't get me wrong I can't ever get ride of either or.