What Kind of Violin Do You Have?

@Pigglies (9340)
United States
February 19, 2008 1:38am CST
Do you like it? How much did it cost you? I had to sell my violin previously because I needed money more than the violin. Now I want to start taking violin lessons again and might have to buy a violin first (I have a 5 string violin, but it needs some work before it will really sound good enough for lessons, plus I'm not sure if the teacher will approve of a 5 string instrument). I'm looking at getting a new violin anyway. I'd prefer an acoustic electric, but I know those are pretty rare in violins. I was thinking of a silent electric practice model before, but that really wouldn't help me out for lessons so I most likely won't go with that idea. If you could let me know about your violin and what you like about it and what you don't, that would be very helpful. I'm not afraid of buying instruments online either if you have a recommendation of a particular place.
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• United States
19 Feb 08
I don't know the make of my violin, I got it back when I was in highschool. It is used and I got it from a friend. Check Ebay and music shops.Good Luck with the search and the lessons.Playing is like riding he bicycle.Once you learn, you Never forget.I picked up my violin after a year or so of not playing and it all came back to me.
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I've bought a couple violins on Ebay, but I'm thinking this time I'm hoping to try it first if possible. My Ebay violins weren't duds or anything, but they weren't as great as they said. My 5 string I have is from Ebay and it is constantly in need of repairs. It's sort of coming back to me, but I used to practice like an hour a day so it is not coming back to me to that degree. I guess sort of like a bicycle... I used to have only a bicycle for transportation and could easily ride 100 miles a week and sometimes 40 miles in just one day. If I hopped on a bicycle today, I'm certain I could still ride it, but I couldn't do 40 miles today.
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• United States
20 Feb 08
An hour a day is great amount of practice time.maybe because I played for 9 years straight that whenever I pick up the violin it is second nature.
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I played about 8 years in orchestras (3 years in middle school, 4 years in high school, and 1 year in college which is where the conductor and I hated each other and I quit). I can still play, but if you handed me some crazy movie score with 6 sharps, I'd be lost now. Or if I have to shift higher than third position, forget it. I know part of it is that I'm left with an evil violin. But a lot of it is just that I don't practice for at least an hour a day anymore. Now I rarely pick up my violin at all, and when I do, I just play some fiddle tunes on it and that's about it.
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I'd definitely recommend going to a violin shop, and trying out as many violins as you can. Since I have students, and coach them through choosing their violins, I insist they try many and be picky You want one also that fits you comfortably, and is easy to play (like I have short fingers and so extra large full sizes or thick necks make it much more difficult to play). And ones you buy on eBay, you never know, and most often the lower end ones are machine made or lower level violin makers. Get one taht is of course, hand made (not machine). Machien made ones are usually all tinny sounding and don't project sound well. You'll love playing more when you get a good quality violin. Student level, for buying a fairly good violin can vary. Often first purchases may be starting around $2,000 or so. Then gradually move up in level and quality of violin. Best of luck.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I'm not going to be able to afford a violin that nice unfortunately. I got my viola for $600 and even that was a stretch. It still wasn't the greatest thing ever, most of that price was probably because it was a small store where I bought it. I'm probably staying away from eBay though, I don't mind machine made, but I'm too afraid of buying one I haven't heard and especially there where I probably will not be able to return it. I do have one violin that's probably handmade. However, it's also an antique (over 100 years old) and I'm too afraid of restoring it. It will be for sale eventually I'm sure, so I don't want to ruin it by trying to restore it without knowing what I'm doing. Unfortunately, that's probably the only handmade violin I'm going to see. I do hate the tinny sound though, and try my hardest to find one without that. I think I'm not really going to "move up" so much though as just play for fun now. I used to play in orchestras, compete, etc. I thought I'd play in a studio orchestra eventually, but gave that up and now am totally out of practice. Basically, I just want to learn again so that I get good enough to play a few cool classical and movie pieces, and then just have fun. I'm almost done with college so I doubt they'll be many orchestra opportunities for me later anyway.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Now that I understand your circumstances, it does make sense. Try several out. You might find a little gem. So if you go to a shope or individual, try out all that they have in your price range. Sometimes also colleges where they teach students to make violins, if one is near, you may want to see for low prices there. Other possibility is renting. Good luck! And who knows, you may join an orchestra in the near future. They have them for all different levels around. :o)
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
11 Mar 08
That's an interesting idea, looking for schools that make violins... thanks! I will try to find some. I've rented before and I've never rented a good instrument it seems. The instrument I rented in college orchestra was what made me finally give up orchestra (the instructor insisted I was too big for a 14" viola and wanted me to rent a full size from her, which she insisted sounded much better, but it was a plasticy piece of junk).
@ian1010 (459)
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
i have a cremona violin as my first violin.,don't know if it's good enough.,
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I've seen a couple of those before... how do you like the sound so far? How long have you been played it?