Written by The Weekend Vote
Published: January 26, 2014 at 10:59 PM [UTC]
I used to just laugh at the impossibility of buying a high-priced, fine fiddle. I couldn't afford it, and there you go. Then I fell in love with a fiddle. It was more than falling in love, it was a complete epiphany: a fine violin would change my life. Why was I spending all my life's energy on the violin, while not affording myself a violin that would really reflect my voice and allow me to grow?
I finally realized that I simply needed to find a way. And as the old saying goes: Where there's a will, there's a way. In my case, I was able to finance the purchase of my violin through the local musician's union's credit union.
There are other options: Maybe you can just buy it outright; or get it as a gift; finance it through a relative or home equity loan. Maybe you don't actually own your instrument; you borrow it from a collector, foundation or someone else.
I'm interested in gathering a lot of ideas, so that other people who are seeking a fine instrument can think of all their options and not just write it off as something that is impossible.
How did you obtain your violin?
My wife does not play an instrument, however she made her choice based on what sounded best to her ear. The luthier played a few other instruments including a 19th century French violin and a Czechoslovakian violin form early 20th century, all within her price range. In the end she chose the 2008 Capri Maestro over the others.
My previous instrument was also a gift from her a couple Christmas' before though it was definitely a lesser instrument definitely designed for a beginner. So she has a good ear!
I sold three guitars and bought carpet.
When we sold the house I bought the violin. It was under $2K, so not impossible if you sell a '61 Les Paul Junior. I miss the guitar a little, but I hardly used it. I use the violin as close to daily as I can.
In case there are new-buyers reading this, I'm going to repeat a common comment that its a great idea to buy your violin from a shop with an excellent choice and a 10% trade-in policy. That's what I did with my last violin but this one - a life-timer - I had to go far afield and I bought it in a different store. Fortunately, they gave me not far off the price I paid for it in trade-in value - the new violin was almost twice as much and that was a deal-maker.
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