With specialized services and products like violin, viola, and cello, you need to go to a string specialist, a violin shop. A violin isn’t a violin; you do not want the VSO (violin-shaped-object: looks like a violin but sounds like a cardboard box). It is time to do a little extra work for a huge return - in effective teaching time, music educational quality, and student progress. There are infinite studies on the benefits on music education, so everything we can do to motivate students to stay with music through high school is a push in the right direction. Take the time to make an informed choice in your purchase. Choose wisely.