As my skills improved on the guitar, I recognized the limitations of a twenty-five dollar instrument. It looked fine as a wall decoration on my dorm room wall and it certainly beat the rusty steel strings of the borrowed Gibson.
But I needed something better.
I find it ironic that we often begin making music on inferior starter instruments when they are the hardest to play and sound the least pleasing. That's true of many "starters."
How about your passion? Did you start on poor beginner equipment? Tell your story.