Paolo Lorenzo violin as starting instrument
I've been lurking around here and reading posts for a while now, but I feel I should now actually take part in this really awesome community! So, like many others here my name is Ryan and I am obviously a late starter (37). I do not have a professional music backround but I previously played tenor saxophone for 2+ decades. I started in 4th grade with the alto first. I've never played a string instrument before, although I have always enjoyed classical music and orchestrated music, as well as pretty much anything that tickles my fancy...Anyways more to the point.
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! =)
Assuming that the violin outfit is in good condition and needs no repair or setup work, you got a great deal. Looks like these outfits normally sell for about $900.
Thank you Lydia I appreciate your input. The pictures I took were literally 5 minutes before posting this and the violin is in good condition, I had the soundpost readjusted and the bridge readjusted as well about 3 months ago. I bought this violin last year of November. The strings I currently have on it are thomastik Alphayue strings which are much better sounding than what was on it. The bow I have I will take pictures of for another post. It's a wood bow (octogonal in shape). I also had the bow rehaired as well since the previous hair on it was dirty near the frog from a lot of use. Yea, the lady was 87 years old and could not play anymore due to her fingers starting to curl from arthritis. I felt great sympathy for her, but I let her know that her violin would be cared for and played. I'll never sell it because it was her wish that it always have a good home.