My oldest son, 7, has expressed a strong interest in the violin. He's been practicing it at school during his music classes, and has been begging me to buy him one. The thing is, I know basically nothing about music/violins/band etc. I'm pretty sure the school starts having kids sign up for band class in third grade but he's only in second and doesn't want to wait until next year. I have heard that violins are basically the toughest instrument to play, and one of the most expensive, so I'm kind of stuck here. I know he's truly interested, and would commit to it, as we've had many conversations, but he's seven, and I just don't know how to handle this. Does anyone know how I could get my hands on like a used violin or if I even should? And what about lessons... is that going to cost an arm and a leg? I've tried to explain to him that an instrument like that requires basically a life long commitment, but he just will not budge. Any other moms with musical kids who could give me some advice on this one?
ETA**** Does anyone have any idea how much this will cost?? A used instrument (I know there's no way we could buy a new one) and lessons???