So I noticed that Amazon now offers super cheap instrument packages. You can get a violin, bow and case for about $50. Places like Target, I've noticed, also offer extremely inexpensive options.
On the one hand, I think it's great that there are now options out there for families that may not be able to afford an instrument otherwise. On the other hand, I have to wonder if these instruments are going to be counter productive. I have this sneaking suspicion that the largest consumer for this product will be the parents (or maybe even adults) who just want a cheap option. They hand over the violin as a Christmas gift to their kid, the kid plays three notes and then gets frustrated/bored. If the parent had been forced to buy a nicer instrument, it would have been more of a commitment from the start. There's a better chance they would have also looked into lessons for their child at the same time.
What are your opinions on this?
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