I'm currently playing a Chinese instrument that's probably one step up from a VSO - and I'm interested in making a step up to something in the up to £300ish range. I know I'm not going to get anything stunning for that money, don't worry.
I'm going to go into my local violin shop (Strings of Penn) later in the week and have a chat about the options, but I was wondering whether the, say, Stentor Conservatoire/ Conservatoire II outfits (at just under £200 and £250 respectively) would be worth it? I'd probably go for the latter I think - would that be a sizeable step up in quality from the Chinese one, which I'd have to put good strings on anyway to start with. (We had some cheapies on to make it playable at all, always knew I'd have to upgrade soon but not having touched the violin for seven years I didn't want to spend too much initially).
Tl;dr: I'm just restarting on a Chinese VSO-ish instrument we had in the house (which I could YouTube a video of?) and am considering upgrading to the Stentor Conservatoire II - opinions?
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