I took up violining at age thirty, and I have been studying for one year. There is a very patient lady who teaches me, and I am making good progress. She says my intonation is very good, and that I'm starting to sound musical and not so technical, which she says is uncommon in students who are so new to the instrument. This must be good news. I play a VSO I bought off ebay for $43. It's not great, but it's alright for first position.