This. Too many people buy instruments that sound great, but play terribly! I played a mt vernon strad a couple weeks ago that my friend had recently bought. It sounded great, was in almost perfect condition, but the high register was horrible and I couldn't play it for more than a minute without hating it. She had payed $2,300 for something that is horrendous to play. I couldn't do that. You won't have any motivation to play or get better if everytime you play you don't like what you're playing.