I'm looking an upgrading my Gliga Gems 1 violin to the Gama model.
Would the Gama be a major improvement to my Gems 1?
If you're upgrading, try a bunch of affordable violins and pick your favourite one. Although some people suggest that you try unaffordable violins to get a feel for great instruments (it's a great idea), some people have greed issues, so please consider your personality before following this suggestion.
I agree with what Ella said. Brand loyalty on violins seems unwarranted. (But I'm on my third Ford.)
If you are in the Pasadena, California, area, go to the Gliga shop and try out various instruments. I generally like Gliga instruments for students, but I do find them to sometimes be inconsistent. I once found a lesser-ranked Gliga much more appealing in its performance, sound, ease of handling, than the top of the line instruments they handle. Let them know you're coming so they can have a dozen or so set up for you to try.
I love my Gliga "Genial" violin!
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