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George Mitrou

Story of my violins

December 8, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I'm 16 and I really like the violin. To tell the truth at the very beginning I had a choice between a violin or a piano, and I chose the violin, and I don't regret it. Actually it was pretty fast to actually "connect" with this instrument, and learnt "Happy Birthday to you" on the 1st week I got it (with some false notes of course). My first violin was a fancy coloured stagg vso (Chose it only and only because of its colours, unfortunately) which actually sounded pretty decent. Unfortunately, the fingerboard wasn't made of ebony and it was thiner than it should, plus the bridge was poorly made (common vso issue). Okay, I started private lessons for summer. My teacher was impressed, but when September arrived, I started lessons what one of my town's music school. During my 1st meet with the new teacher, I played him a small piece. He was pleasantly surprised, especially with my vibrato. He said, that if I continued that way, I would take special exams the next year, to jump, pass, whatever, 2-3 years! I was pleasantly shocked when I heard this! But after a month, I decided to start again with my old teacher (Cause she can't stand losing one of her best students xD). So I showed where me and the teacher beforehand stopped on the Laureux method, and continued improving. A week later, I saw her old violin forgotten, and asked:

"Could I please have a look on that violin that is standing by the piano?"

"Yes of course!"

So she took the case, and opened it. She handed me the violin. It was a slightly damaged, 1999 Otto Jos. Klier, 700 euro valued violin, with its strings needing replacement.

"Can I try it?"

The sound was gorgeous! And actually, she gave it to me for a few days!
Had so much fun playing with it! The next time I met her, she asked if I want it forever to be mine, for a set of cash of course, so that she could send it for repairs. I talked with my mother and she agreed! So she sent the violin for repairs, and within the next days, she took it back, and showed me the repaired sections. And from then on, that violin belonged to me, and did not use my older vso for once.

Later on, my fingers were getting used to the right positions, and now, I'm improving my vibrato.

From Cheyne Winterthieme
Posted on December 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM
It's good you got a better violin. I was sorry I waited as long as I did (8 yrs). A thin fingerboard can certainly cause problems. A good bow makes a world of a difference, too - some say it is more important than your violin, but I think it is of equal importance... ;)
From George Mitrou
Posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM
Thank you!! Well, at least, my vso's bow was pretty decent so I still use it, and indeed, it was much more uncomfortable with that thin, fingerboard :/ Anyway, I'm still happy with my new one!

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