I am an adult about to begin learning the violin, and I should be grateful for some advice on buying one.
I notice that many cheaper violins are described as being appropriate for students. But, I have some money to spend, and am not keen on the idea of buying a cheaper instrument to start with and having to upgrade soon after. I like the idea of having a moderately good instrument to start with, not super expensive, but 'respectable', probably up to around $2000.
Is there any disadvantage in a novice buying something more expensive than a typical 'student' instrument (other than the obvious risk of newcommers losing interest and abandoning the hobby)? For example, is there a significant risk of damage by a novice (bearing in mind I am a responsible adult who will be careful!)? Is it better discipline for a novice to learn on a 'rougher' instrument in order to make it more challenging to create a pleasing sound? Are more expensive instruments harder for learners to master as they acquire basic skills?
Any advice would be warmly appreciated.
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