How long to hold onto cheap fiddle?
I got my beginner’s Primavera 100 violin with 2 bows, case, rosin, spare strings and practice mute for £56. Because I have prior advanced training in music, I’ve learned very quickly on it. I’ve had 6 lessons and am already playing 50 tunes from memory with some ornamentation and experimenting with varying bowing patterns. I’m also taking grade 4 classical in April.
My fiddle seems to have a wonky bridge that has begun tilting towards the fingerboard even after loosening the strings and setting it back upright again, the feet fully in contact with the surface of the violin, etc. Additionally I’m thinking there might be a seam starting to open as I’ve tested them by knocking around the edges of the instrument and I hear a snap if I knock on the left c rib.
There’s also a horrible high pitched sound that gets set off by trying to bow across the A and E strings. The bridge shape isn’t great so the E string sits up a bit too high and it’s easy to touch it by accident when going for the A string.
I guess I’m wondering if the kind of tlc this fiddle needs is going to cost as much as or more than the instrument cost me in the first place. Is it worth bringing to a luthier to get it working as well as possible? Or is it better to begin shopping for a better fiddle considering my pace of learning might cause me to outgrow this one soon anyway?