I played a recital recently, with a pianist, well not that I played very often, but this time it's a totally new experience to me. I played in a pretty dry hall, that's quite big.
To keep the story simple, I brought two violin during rehearsals, violin A sounded more powerful and has rounder sound, while violin B sounded less powerful with more audible bow noise. So being influenced by the result, I chosen violin A for the recital,
However, it was a disappointment during the actual recital - once the hall was filled up with audiences. Violin A sounded weak and thin. I switched to violin B during 2nd half of the recital, and the result was much much better. It sounded a lot clearer, cleaner, focused, and projected better.
As a matter of fact, violin B is a much more expensive violin than violin A. While price doesn't reflect the quality, but we pay for the experience of the violin maker where they know best what works well, that we players don't immediately appreciate,
So lesson of the day - the best way to try out a violin, is to play in a large hall, with at least a piano, AND jam packed with audiences. Seems like violin shopping isn't so straight forward after all!
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