I've read some of your posts about choosing a violin for beginners. It seems that there's a common agreement on the good qualities of a Gliga violin. I would like to get one for my husband, who will be an absolute beginner, as a surprise. Unfortunately, a gliga gama is way out of my budget. But, I read that Liz recommended Gliga Gem 2 and that's closer to what I can spend. I found this model on Amazon and I am not sure if that's a good source to buy from.
This is the package Amazon has:
-Made in Europe- 4/4 Full size - Case, Bow, Shoulder Rest, and Tuner included
•Flamed Back, Sides and neck - Carpathian Resonance Spruce Top Plate
•Naturally Dried Sycamore Maple Back Plate, Neck and Ribs
•Hand Finished, Hand Crafted Oil Varnishing, Shop Setup, Grade A Ebony Fittings
•Inlaid Purfling; Professional Fully Set-Up; Ready To Play
Please help by advising if this is a good choice. There are other options too on Amazon. Thanks! -Helen