Here is a similar discussion that someone else posted about finding a good violin for not too much money. Maybe this will help you.
: i am interested in playing the violin for my church, however i do not know where to search for one and what are their price ranges?...if any one can give me useful information on what prices i should be considering & where to start searching, it would be very welcomed. also, if any one is interested or knows of anyone selling an inexpensive violin...please send me an e-mail and i will reply within a couple of days..
: once again thank you for any feedback, and may the Lord be with you.
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