A little background about me. I just started lookin into learning to play the violin. I am In the US Army, in an infantry unit, stationed over in Iraq. I am 28 years old and married. I think it is funny that you told me not to go with an Amazon.com violin. I had started looking there first. I am currently looking at a few shops in England that ship worldwide and have internet catalogues. My wife is hesitant on letting me spend more than 200 dollars on an instrument and I realize that I get what I pay for, though on a military paycheck money doesn't go a long way. I also realize that quality sometimes does not reflect price, sometimes on both sides of the spectrum, so any input would be appreciated. I am mainly looking for a decent starter set that is "all inclusive" and has everything from rosin, bow, case, and preferably extra parts, ie. extra bow, strings, tail piece, extra bridge, already set up, ect. I am not looking for a baroque violin. I understand that the best way to learn the violin is through an instructor, though with my current duties to the US Army there is no way I could make it to one. I have found more than a few online resources that show technique and fingering, so until I am able to get to a teacher I will just have to "fake the funk" and try not to pick up any bad habits. The weather here in my part of Iraq ranges from low 30s during the winter to upper 150s in the summer. Humidity runs from 50% in winter to 5% in summer. There is also the sand... Um, about the sand, it really isn't sand. It is FINE. Super fine. I shine the tarnish off of the silver ring I wear with it and it leaves no scratch. It is close to powdered sugar in consistancy. How would this kind of climate affect a violin?
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