I know this totally depends on the individual student and his/her parents' financial situation, but still would like to hear about what people think. My 11 yr old son is ready to move to full size now, and his private teacher is trying to sell us a pre-owned camillo callegari violin for $1200. This line is priced at $1800 for new by the instrument itself, so $1200 with a bow is actually pretty good deal. My son brought the violin to his school orchestra teacher today for a second opinion, and she suggested that although this is a good violin for its price, he might need a better one for all the upcoming solo competitions, all region, all state, and etc. So I wonder what is a good price range for a student violin that is decent enough for one to use through high school, which will not put him at disadvantage for most auditions and competitions. I try to avoid upgrading again and again to waste money. Background: my son has a passion for music and he's been doing well so far with piano and violin. But he's not talented or passionate enough to pursue a music profession for sure.
Also, if anyone has comments about the camillo callegari violin I would really appreciate it! I don't know violin at all but this one of my son's sounds very bright but not deep and mellow enough to my ears.
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