I'm looking to take up violin again after a 25 year hiatus, and am starting to look for an instrument. (Not that I was very good to begin with, only having taken lessons for two years.)
My budget is around $3000 for everything, and I'm hoping to get a nice sounding instrument for that, with the understanding this is at the low end of the price range. The problem is how to narrow down the selection to the type of sound I like
For example, on guitars I know exactly what a dreadnaught should like compared to a concert design, what the effects of different woods would be on the sound, etc. For example, if I were looking to purchase a dreadnaught, it would be a waste of time to try out nylon string guitars.
With violin I'm pretty much in the dark.
Yes, I am going to play dozens of instruments, but there's a huge variety out there. And while I will ask my teacher to play them before making a final choice, I can't have a teacher play all the violins.
So.... I thought it would help to identify recordings I like and figure out what type of violin would create those sounds. In this price range there's lots of copies of famous styles and shapes, but I have no idea what a violin in the various styles is supposed to sound like.
For example, someone recommended I try out violins from Jay Haide, but the model in my price range comes in a "Stradivari", "Guarneri", "Guadagnini", "Balestrieri", model. The same can be said of other shop made instrument lines.
There are comments posted on violinist.com such as Gliga's are "dark" sounding, but what does a dark violin sound like? Other violins are described as "brilliant", but again what type of violin shape would produce such a sound?
Its frustrating because guitar makers are putting recordings of the instruments on their websites so you can hear approximately what they sound like, but their appears to be nothing like that in the violin world.
Although I'll be playing classical pieces, with some gypsy thrown in for fun, and jazz should my playing progress that far.
As far as players go my favorite violin sound is Stephane Grappellii, who I think of as having a "sweet" sound, and not at all dull as most jazz violinists.
Sorry for the rant, and I'm sure you get these types of questions way too often.
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