Performed in New York City subways periodically, most time during Christmas, surely, played Christmas songs. Enjoyed it, but not making enough.
I would just sit there at my orchestra meets, because I just could not follow the other violinists. After a few tries, I never went back again.
Was playing a Chinese Snow brand violin for about a year, now upgraded to a French Laberte. Right now I have 3 violins (Snow, French Laberte, and Franz Hoffman), one Alvarez guitar, and a Casio piano keyboard at home.