[quote name='ViolinClarinetQueen' date='Feb 6 2012, 06:06 PM' post='1127479'] [quote name='Flossie' post='1127359' date='Feb 5 2012, 11:27 PM']
[quote name='ViolinClarinetQueen' post='1127049' date='Feb 4 2012, 10:08 AM']
Maybe I should consider a yitamusic violin for now, and upgrade when I am Grade 5...? If I take get a good luthier to set it up for me, it should be good enough, since there are lot of good reviews (except about set up).
Or it'll be useful to have a look at the second hand violins in this price range :3
I have a Yitamusic T20 and am expecting it to take me up to grade 8 if not beyond. I am currently around grade 6 standard and am nowhere near the limits of the instrument.
I have a Yita viola, which I bought on ebay despite feeling that it was a bit of a risk. It's fine, not outstanding, but more than ok. I showed it to the luthier I normally go to and they thought it was an excellent student instrument, and that the price was very low for the materials and standard of workmanship. It's not the prettiest of instruments, but beauty is only skin deep after all
The only thing they recommended changing was the strings which I would have done in any case, and I had already bought a bow (also Yita, also more than ok, also unbelievably cheap - checking back I see that I paid 21GBP for it and it was a huge improvement from the 120GBP carbon bow I had before). I'm sure the resale value will be poor, but I didn't buy it to resell so no worries.
I think they make good instruments generally if you go above their basic student level, and the above poster has obviously got something really nice by going to them directly, rather than taking a chance on ebay. (I was just being cheap
because it's not my main instrument!) Also, I notice that although it has improved over the months since I bought it, the tone always attracts positive comments from anyone listening. Have fun in your search!
(It just occurred to me that it might be helpful to add the actual cost; I won the viola for 87GBP )