So I have finally found a teacher after going through 2 other teachers. The first one did not take me seriously in trying to play, and the second one was still a conservatory student and wanted to try to teach me music theory constantly without any exercises or playing. He was also a violist rather than a violinist and I am definitely not bashing the viola, it makes a rather beautiful sound as do all string instruments in my opinion. I now have a violin teacher who takes me serious and is a wonderful teacher. I take lessons 4 times a month and practice anywhere from 30 mins to 3 hours each day depending how destroyed I am from work.
Finally to the heart of the manner...The instrument I was able to procure is a Paolo Lorenzo model from West Coast Strings. The label inside says 2009. I have included a link with many pictures. From the limited knowledge I have obtained through research on these instruments they are Chinese of origin. I was able to obtain mine from a lady on Craigslist for $175 for the instrument, the bow, the case, a music stand, a metronome, a tuner, a set of vision thomastik infelt vienna V100 medium synthetic strings, and a delightful bag with animals playing instruments on it that was full of music she was working on.
Either way here is the link to the instrument. I would appreciate an honest opinion from anyone that wishes to give me one. Don't worry I am former Navy I have thick skin! =)
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