In selecting the 'right' violin to purchase, I did my
due diligence on line and at the various music stores, and talking to the best I could find.
For me, price and tone/resonance, were the deciding factors. And regardless of the price, do NOT buy on line (fiddles/violins). Why? Because you have no clue what they actually sounds like!!
I went to a couple of shops to 'test' drive. I finally
found a gorgeous looking violin at The Violin Shop in Boca Raton that played really well(kinda like my old girlfriend) and I loved the tone.
After deciding that was the one I wanted, I had my personal violin instructor play it as well (without my presence).
We were both sold. It plays beautifully.
And that is why mine is better than yours!