First of all, where should I look to find a quality instrument, bow, and other accessories? I obviously don't need (nor could I exploit at this point) the most artfully crafted pieces, just something that I can use and abuse that will still have a decent tone. What would everyone recommend? What should I look for in an instructor? Are there any good books or DVDs on theory, composition or technique? What about online resources? Anything I should know before diving head-first?
Total beginner with no IRL resources looking for whatever pointers he can get.
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