Advice needed for old retired fellow who wants to purchase a good violin for enjoyment in senior years.
I'm an old retired accountant who took lessons as a child and progressed far enough to play in a high school orchestra. Sadly I was not smart enough to keep playing it. I have an old Czech violin. I am unsure if it is a good violin or not. Sometimes it seems to sound very sweet to me, and other times it seems raspy, especially on the d and g strings. I have about $3,000 to spend. Should I buy one of the new Chinese violins, or should I look for a used one? I am going to have a lot of time on my hands. I will be happy if I know that the violin is one that does sound good if an old geezer has the ability to make it sound good. I will of course play more and keep playing if in fact my violin can actually sound good if I practice. Please weigh in. This is my retirement present to myself to keep me mentally fit in my aging years. Bless anyone who chimes in.
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