The online violin store offers students and intermediate violins that are actually handmade by the manufacturer, usually in other countries such as China. These professional violins are built - and sound - much better than factory made violins. The craftsmen who built them are good, but they are usually not great makers. Therefore, even hand-made violins are shipped to the United States with minimal common settings. If there is no reputable store behind the online store where you buy the violin, and because the trained luthier appears to improve the initial setup of the instrument, the violin that will be delivered to you will not be able to meet its potential.