An incident at a violin shop posed an interesting question that I thought I'd ask here.
I decided to take up the practice again after a 10 year break a few months ago. I have a so-called beginner violin that really isn't that bad for the price after new strings. It's serviceable, but I've been looking for a new instrument with a sound that's more pleasing to my ear.
Anyway, I went to a violin shop with a family whose wife wants to begin learning herself. I told the owner that my max is $6K but that I would like to try a decent range.
Before I could say anything else (like how I typically prefer a dark, mellow sound), the owner implied that an expensive violin would be wasted on a beginner with an untrained ear and tried to push me to try out cheaper violins. I persisted and was able to try the violin I wanted, however the rest of my picks were cheaper models that sounded very similar. Naturally, I was miffed and didn't purchase a thing.
But that brought up a question:
If you can afford it, is it worth it to purchase an "intermediate" instrument for a beginner for them to grow into or would they be better served with a cheaper instrument that will last a few years or so?
And, does this change if the beginner actually has experience and is just becoming reacclimatized to playing?
I know what I will do for myself, but I am curious to hear your opinions on the matter, especially from those who teach or students who started out with squeaky hand mediums as I did.m way back when.
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