Thanks to Mary, Lydia, David Burgess, Lyndon, Andrew Victor, Christian, Cotton, Andrew, Adalberto, and Frieda. Because of your input on that thread I seriously questioned my initial assumptions and spoke with a local luthier and my teacher. If I forgot anyone else - I send you my thanks as well :-)
It soon became apparent that the first violin still had serious setup issues even after major work done to it every 3-4 months and it just wasn't worth putting in more money. With that information I stumbled across an antique with a great sound - for only $1,400 (actually $1,850 but the luthier allowed a trade-in which I hasn't expected)! I will not outgrow this violin.
If it hadn't been for this forum I would still be struggling with that first violin. It's so much easier to play and it sounds great - even when "I" play it - I certainly didn't have a magical improvement overnight - but am no longer fighting my violin.
I just wanted to pass along my thanks for your comments, and patience with this enthusiastic returnee!Tweet
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