I have put up a couple postings now asking for advice on searching for an upgrade on my current violin. You all have been very helpful, but I need more help.
Here's my story: I was originally (1 year ago) playing on a $500 student German violin. I put up with it until I told my parents I had had enough (I bought it in fourth grade). Then about a year ago I started my search for a new one. First at All-State with no results. Then I started shipping back and forth with the String House in Rochester. And nine months ago I thought I found the one. A $2,500 factory-made Czech violin from the twenties. Well obviously it wasn't the one. The problem is I bought it before I knew that. So for about two months ago I restarted my search for THE violin. I have been shipping non stop! Some of these people want over night shipping back so it ends up costing alot. My parents are getting fed up with shipping and my mom says I am too picky. But my teachers agree with the fact that I haven't found it yet. This search is becoming very disheartening): My parents object to flying anywhere because they said that I will get there and not find anything and the whole trip will be for nothing. Or I may find something and then we get back to Florida (may I say that Florida is the worst place to have a violin)and it will change and I won't like it anymore.
I'm looking for a violin that:is around or under 10K. My mom says I am too young to have such an expensive instrument! But I am 14 and I think I am fully ready to take on the responsibility.The violin needs to be clear and very responsive and should have a big open and sweet tone. A violin that makes you feel like you don't have to work at all to play it. It makes YOU sound good. I'm a very serious violinist and want to go pro. I'm probably going to end up going to ENCORE this year and I need a good fiddle to play on.
So what should I do? Am I asking to much of my price range? I am not hearing a Strad's sound in my head, am I? If any of you have tried violins in my price range that really impressed you....please tell me about them. Is it really the best if I go to a violin shop? I live in St. Petersburg, FL. Any good places close to me?
Thanks in advance,
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