I am a 31 year old Australian guy who has decided to learn the violin.
I was in Paris last week and heard a gentleman busking in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral and was instantly inspired. I've always had an interest in music, but predominantly singing (many choirs over the years).
Here in Australia it seems that much of the advice available for first time violin buyers is based around who needs to sell what, rather than what might be best for the student. With no friends who play I was hoping that you might be able to guide me a little.
I have been looking at a number of violins, and the concensus (including here it seems) is that Gliga is a good way to go.....but WHICH one? i have looked at 3 different models (I think they are all in the GEMS class) known simply as Gliga I, II, and III. There is a bit of a price difference between them, and thus I have a quandry. Am I better off buying a cheaper "package deal" now and looking to upgrade later to something more dynamic, or is a little more money now likely to provide a better investment in the enjoyment and progress of learning?
I can afford any of these instruments but is more expensive necessarily better for a novice?
As I indicated I have no friends who play so have few avenues for questions. Any advice would be appreciated.