Just wanted to share that the strings that came with my inexpensive violin (from Sportsman Guide) sounded awful – kind of scratchy. Assumed it was my playing and the violin quality. Purchased some Dominant-brand strings with carbon steel, tin plated E string and WOW what difference. They were pricy – but worth it I believe. Prevented me from having to upgrade the violin just yet. Would like to upgrade the bow – any advise about that? Again, I am enjoying the lessons, thanks.