It is understandable that we feel we're too old, especially when we watch Youtube videos where 3-year-olds and 5-year-olds play the violin like a pro.
I, myself, just started playing the violin last year when I turned 30.
And now I'm loving every second of practicing, each and every day. I'm also improving each time I practice.
Last year when I was just getting started, I watched lots of videos from violin teachers on Youtube, and I was asking the same question:
"Is it too late to learn the violin at 30?"
After watching different teachers, all of them had the same answer: It is never too late.
But unfortunately, of course, this won't work if you want to be like Itzhak Perlman or Bach
And the keyword here is this:
That's why I loved the scene in the Netflix show The Umbrella Academy when Vanya, a violinist, tells her new adult student, Leonard, that as long as he loves music, it's not too late to learn the violin.
Well, if you've watched the show you know that Leonard actually didn't want to learn the violin. Heck, he didn't even have a violin.
But if you absolutely love learning and will be enjoying the process of learning the violin, there is no too late. Even if you're 60, or 70, or 80, or whatever.
You don't need an expensive violin to start. I am playing a $100 student violin, it sounds pretty good. Plus, it's not about how expensive your violin is, because about 95% or even more is about your playing, not the violin, strings, bows, bridge, etc.
Here's a very short video (less than 2 minutes) that will inspire the heck out of you: