I own a violin, but it is only a white-level item, at best. Certainly mass manufactured, it was purchased for less than $100 when I was in 8th grade. My mom probably thought the violin was a passing fancy, so didn’t want to invest in a lot of gold toward a green level one. I did my best to make it sounds like a green violin over the five years that I played. (I played the viola for a year, too, which I loved even more.)
I skilled up quickly in the beginning, but then plateaued, as always seems to be the case with weapons. As my skill increased, I noted that my DPS went down. My parents stopped sending me to my room to practice with the door closed.
Eventually, I reached the limits of my available training, given how much gold I had in my bank (not to mention my innate skills as a player), and pursued different skills. I kept the violin in my inventory (my room) for the next few years, just in case I felt the urge to play. When I moved away from home, the violin was moved into my permanent bank space (parents’ basement) where it stayed for more than ten years, collecting dust.
On one of my last visits, I decided to bring the violin back home with me. I can see it in the closet from where I’m sitting in my office right now. I know I’d have to start leveling the skill from zero again, but some days it’s tempting, especially when I hear one of the more masterful players make magic on one of their epics. I know these are epics and skills I’ll never have, but a little magic in life is always nice. I could be a casual player again someday.