I see a lot of violin shops dividing their stock into categories like "beginner", "intermediate", advanced, and professional.
Now I can somewhat understand a break for professional violins that might cost $10k or more for their exceptional age, history, pedigree, sound, or playability.
I don't understand at all what makes an "intermediate" violin different than and advanced violin or a beginners violin.
Are beginner violins something like a bicycle with training wheels? are they easier to play? Or perhaps they are just lower quality (and thereby less expensive) for beginnning students who might not stick with it long enough to justify spending the cash on a good instrument.
I have heard that really good violinists can make any violin sound nice, though one of poor quality will take more effort. But if it is just a matter of playability, wouldn't all players benefit from a higher quality violin?
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