My 15 year old daughter's teacher says she needs a "better" violin. Right now she has a Jan Dvorak Model 33F that cost about $950. She loves performing and wants to pursue a career in music so I'd like to buy her an instrument that she'll have the rest of her life. Under $5,000 would be good, $10,000 has to be the max (and painful). (I struggle with this a bit - I paid $5K for a piano 8 years ago and it's hard to see how a violin can be so much more.)
Any advice on
1) Buying a better instrument for her.
2) Reputable shops or luthiers in the greater Chicago area (say up to 50 miles out) - we're in Naperville.
3) Thoughts on carbon fiber violins w.r.t. sound, playability, lifespan, accepted in classical orchestras, etc. She's using Coda bows, but that's a bit more low profile.
Answer one or all - I need all the advice I can get.
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