What is your violin's name?Instruments: Something most of us keep a secret...
From Rob Schnautz
Why don't we share our violins' names...and hey, while we're at it, how about our cars as well!
From Rob SchnautzMy violin is Emily. My grandpa's that I'm borrowing I've named Erica. The E names just sound musical, don't they? (They're also named after cute girls I never dated!)
Posted on August 23, 2006 at 02:58 PM
My car is The Aardvark. I simply opened up the dictionary and the first animal was the aardvark, and I thought, "It kinda looks like one, fat, gray, big nose, and would look pretty good with pink rabbit ears."
From Richard HellingerMy violin is 'lil vio. I named it this because everyone says how I have a little violin because it looks so little next to me.
Posted on August 23, 2006 at 05:01 PM
I dont have a car :(. But My parents have a big bright red mini van. And we just call it big red.
From Jenna PottsMy violin's name is Charles Augustus Octavian Philippi de Violin I
Posted on August 23, 2006 at 05:16 PM
The bow I'm in love with is Lucy
My piano back home is Samick.
From Maura GeretyWow, Jenna, that's a good one! :)
Posted on August 23, 2006 at 06:14 PM
From Sander MarcusActually, my violin has a name for me. Very often I hear it saying, "Hey, Dummy, you want to try getting it right this time?"
Posted on August 23, 2006 at 11:42 PM
And, very often, I refer to my car as, "Oh, no, not again."
From Maura GeretyHa--yeah, I usually end up calling my violin "You incorrigible hunk of wood!" or "What are you trying to DO to me?"
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 12:51 AM
From Ruth KueflerMy violin's name is Twiggy. My sister has one named Chip. I always thought if we ever made a record together some day we could title it "Chip & Twiggy". :-)
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 12:53 AM
Not old enough to own a car, but as Sander suggests, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
From Alan WittertBig Wally.
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 04:27 AM
From Kelly KilcourseMy violin is Têtu, French for stubborn... :)and my car is named Mammoth... it's a Chevy Silverado extended cab... it's like parking a bus.
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 06:34 AM
From Mario ArangoI have two violins. One that I got my second year of playing violin. I decided to name him squeakers because thats all that seemed to be comming out of him ^_^. The other violin has been aquired recently. Her name is Christina because I like that name. Oh and my cars name is Ruby....its a red truck.
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 08:40 AM
From Kelsey WalshMy violin is Joe, and my parents car is La Honda (very origenal... It's a Honda...)
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 02:10 PM
I have noticed that most peoples violins names seem to be of the opposite gender of the person who named it... A coincedence? Or not?
From Maura GeretyOh, that's no coincidence...
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 02:14 PM
From Anne HorvathI named my violin "Guido".
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 03:21 PM
My bows do not have names, but I refer to them as "cursed contraptions".
From sarah salmimy violin is called Jacobus the second. My electric violin is named Bender.
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 04:31 PM
From RobHmmm...bow naming? I'll try it...
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 04:42 PM
The one I use is Fred, the one I don't use is Moe, and the bald one (no hair) is Curly.
(I'm going to keep those names, by the way.)
From Christian AfonsoHm, my current violin doesn't have a name... my old one was called Rosia, because that's what's written on the tag inside (what was that called again?), "Rosia 1929". It just made such a good name.
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 09:29 PM
From Charlie Caldwellmy first violin was named Lucy. It took me five years to come up with a name for it. My current violin does not have a name. Neither does my car.
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 10:31 PM
From MIROFORA MOURATIDIMy violin's name is Sotiris(it's a greek boy's name).I don't know why I named it Sotiris,I don't know anyone with that name.
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 11:28 PM
From Gabriel KastelleBack in youth symphony, a select group played a month of Baroque concerts, different program each week, each January. We saw a lot of pieces with "per archi e cembalo" or however it's spelled, and for some reason were always greatly amused by asking "Who's Archie?"
Posted on August 25, 2006 at 05:28 PM
There is an answer. My violin is Archie (made by Archibald S. Hill-- fair enough!). Before Archie was Elmer; before Elmer was Ol' Green (as in, "it's not easy being..."-- and I tell you, it's not, when you're a violin). My viola is Vanya. My er-hu is, surprisingly, un-named so far... My kayak is Tao Loon. My first really good bike was Zoe-- she was lovely; then briefly a little clunker named Neville; then a GREAT Trek Multitrack that survived everything for a dozen years named Maximillian-- affectionately Max.
I have a car, but cars don't deserve names.
From Daniel BlomdahlMine is: Ahhhhhhhhhh, stop playing!!!
Posted on August 25, 2006 at 09:09 PM
From Vivian GuoBirdseye Maggini (Maggini model with birdseye back)
Posted on August 26, 2006 at 01:42 AM
TLO (light orange made by William Towsend).
Eastman (Eastman VL 605)
Scott Cao (850 Kreisler)
Radoni (by M. Radoni)
Nocorner (guitar shaped)
and whole bunch of no names (at my wit's end: Maybe time to sell)
Car--my precious (never get touched, i.e. cleaned :-) )
From Maura Geretynevermind, I still think I'm going to keep my fiddle's name to myself....
Posted on August 26, 2006 at 02:10 AM
From jasmin faridMy first violin's name was Red. It was from Egypt and it was very red.
Posted on September 5, 2006 at 12:39 AM
MY second one was Dominique Devin Devante cuz
i thought i was black.
my third one is nameless because its not worth a name and
my forth one is in the process of being named...
and I can't decide what to name it.
Here are some thoughts...
So please reply.
From Christina WilkeI like the name Sebastian- it's classy but fun (it reminds me of the lobster from The Little Mermaid). Perhaps that may persuade you- or dissuade you....
Posted on September 5, 2006 at 04:22 AM
Mine's name is, "Hey you!" Actually, I thought that my violin was a male for a while (yes, I named it Michaelangelo) but now I've decided it's female. Perhaps it's gone through a radical change, but I just didn't recognize it's tender side (or I guess the tender side of my playing!) I'm thinking I'm going to name it Annabelle- it's a "southern belle's" name, much like my own (Christina Lee- it's painfully southern!)
From sarah salmiit sounds like a Bernard to me.
Posted on September 5, 2006 at 11:53 AM
From N.A. Mohr...my daughter's middle name is Sebastiane...I love it! Would have used it for a first name, except I didn't want it shortened to 'Sebi' ...
Posted on September 5, 2006 at 02:03 PM
From David RubinHer name is Sasha.
Posted on September 6, 2006 at 12:22 AM
From howard vandersluisMy first violin was named Hans. For some reason, my mother's violin was named "Phyllis". I have no idea why. My current violin has not yet earned a name...
Posted on September 6, 2006 at 01:39 PM
On a similar topic, does anybody here ever chastise their own brain? My brother has a name for his brain and from time to time shouts out either the name or just "BAD BRAIN! BAD, BAD BRAIN!!" I think that's a little strange...
From Maura Geretyhahahahaha! I chastise my hands on occasion...my brain not so often.
Posted on September 6, 2006 at 02:28 PM
From jordan santiagoI named my violin "9 inches"
Posted on September 6, 2006 at 06:10 PM
From D Wrightmy violin has many many names, all of which are too obscene to post at violinist.com.
Posted on September 7, 2006 at 11:38 PM
From Alexandra Soummguys, you're cool !!! :):)
Posted on September 9, 2006 at 11:07 AM
when i was small i used to speak a lot with my violins, especially with the new ones i got; i was like:
we're gonna go on a long journey together, honey :)
my violin had got many names, like Sara, then Nadejda ( Nadia = hope in Russian) then Vera ( Faith in russian) and is now just my little sister, a part of myself...
From Maura GeretyI talk to my violin too. His name is Ruslan. :) (I named him while sitting in the audience at Chicago symphony, listening to Glinka's "Ruslan and Lyudmila!)
Posted on September 9, 2006 at 02:24 PM
From Maura GeretyOh wow, Sasha, you have a Strad?!
Posted on September 9, 2006 at 02:26 PM
From Richard HellingerMaura, we are playing Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila in the fingerlakes symphony!... love that piece too.
Posted on September 9, 2006 at 06:38 PM
From Alexandra SoummMaura: i do :) since 2 and a half years now...
Posted on September 9, 2006 at 07:32 PM
i love it :)
From Domitille CoppeyHey, all these names are really cool.. I also used to name my instrument, but i even don't remember how i called it..sorry.
Posted on September 9, 2006 at 10:46 PM
Hello to Alexandra that i met in Verbier!
From Jasmine DavisIf it is special it needs a name!
Posted on September 10, 2006 at 01:15 AM
My really old totally loved violin, her name is Passion. As that is what she brings out of me.
My Czech trade violin, her name is Eliska. A Czech name meaning truthful.
I don't own a car.
From Danielle Gi call my violin sofia, no car, too young
Posted on September 10, 2006 at 01:47 AM
From enion peltaMy first instrument was called Ronia..after "Ronia the Robber's Daughter" by Astrid Lundgren...beautiful and full of misguided mischief...my current lov...er...violin is Carla...after the Carlo Tononi label inside (not genuine, of course, in anything but age)...we get less imaginative as we grow up.
Posted on September 11, 2006 at 10:17 AM
My car is mercedes...
From Raphael KlaymanI have a number of violins, most with names. One, which is for sale, was made in 1854 in Mirecourt, France, by Desire (-not Derazy). Following the example of grand names given to a number of Strads and del Gesus (the Duke of this, the Marquis of that), in mock pretentiousness, I call the Desire "the Versailles".
Posted on September 14, 2006 at 12:19 PM
Years ago I named my favorite bow at the time, "Excalibur", after King Arthur's famous sword. I've naver been able to top that, so whatever is my current favorite bow gets that name.
From Peter WilsonMy first full-size violin (which is still in my collection) is a Rausch made in 1776. I named it "Lady Liberty."
Posted on September 14, 2006 at 12:33 PM
My main concert fiddle is a Lupot (1823), but I never got around to naming it.
From William YapWhen I was indecisive about his gender, I referred to my violin as her. Since then,
Posted on September 15, 2006 at 04:00 PM
I've named mine Pedro, which is Spanish for Peter. Peter means rock. Yes, Pedro is as solid as a rock (rarely disapoints me), and he certainly rocks!
William means helmet, a protector. I'm Pedro's protector.
From solidad decostasweetie, honey, my oldest friend, etc. when i'm practicing though, "my left arm" seems to work well. :-)
Posted on September 16, 2006 at 12:12 AM
From Ali KMy violin is Rudolfo Anaya Sebastian.
Posted on September 16, 2006 at 12:28 AM
Rudolfo because its an old violin and Rudolfo is an older generation/era type of name that seemed to fit...Anaya because it has certain feminine qualities, and I love spanish, so its kind of a lil latin influence there...and Sebastian because so many great composers have "Sebastian" in their names, and it just fit my violin so well (I like to enunciate "Sebastian"--so its like seh-bahs-tee-ahn.)
Haven't named my bow. I agree with "Cursed contraption" though.
My car is Connor.
From Kimberley StrongNaming your violin? Never heard of it. If I would name my violin it might be Lucie. She was my very first cat and was very special to me..... Mabey thats not a way to pick a name?
Posted on September 16, 2006 at 12:45 AM
From Allan SpeersI refer to my violin as "SWMBO" since I'm not married. (acronym for "she who must be obeyed" - commonly used buy guys on various forums.)
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 03:52 AM
Amazing how wife-like a violin can be:
Sooths me when I'm agitated.
If only it could cook & clean.......
From Doug CotterillMy violin is called "Bazil" for no reason at all. I do have another violin called "Igor".
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 04:05 AM
My main bow is called "Ram-bow", the other two don't have names.
From Amanda SouthernMy first violin was named Jeremiah. The second was Malachi. My first viola was named Fred Sanford. I think I'm gonna name my new viola "Babycakes".
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 06:51 AM
From Valerie CoonGeorge.
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 06:55 AM
From Emily WingJasche! :D
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 06:56 AM
Of course, from Jascha Heifetz.
From Jim W. MillerShe not only has a Strad, she has the same manager as Emanuel Ax, Trevor Pinnock, Viktoria Mullova, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma.... When she enters the room I just click my heels together and salute:)
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 07:27 AM
From Gabriel KastelleIs this a surreal thread-crossing again? Careful how you click those heels, Jim, or you may find yourself far from Kansas (but a place where cars still don't deserve names....)
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 02:44 PM
From Jim W. MillerNah, it was just a response to a post from a month ago although in this very thread.
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 05:42 PM
From Juanita MarionCornelious sounds good Jasmin, that way when you get mad at it you can call it a "corny" piece of crap. :) Then again Bernard isn also a good name, that is as long as it's pronounced the french way. You wanna be careful naming your violin Christina Mario, violins are demanding enough as it is and you don't a nightmare like Christine on your hands. Otherwise you may soon be forced to blow it up.
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 04:07 AM
From Juanita MarionBazil's a good name never heard used for a violin, I have heard it used for a number of cats though. LMAO Ram-bow. The only cars that deserve names are classic cars, like 67 mustangs or something. Or maybe a vintage porshce.
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 04:00 AM
From Maura GeretyMy violin's name just gets more and more elaborate. Right now he's "Károly Ruslan Sándor von Takács-Kubelik." :) (He's a very elegant aristocratic gentleman.)
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 02:39 PM
From Cindy DrechslerMy violin had no name - nothing has ever stuck unless "AARRGGHH" can be considered a name.
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 03:34 PM
My daughter named hers Antonia (after Stradivari's wife) and her bow is Bowhairius.
My car is Blueberry. Started off as a joke, unfortunately stuck.
From Duc PhanI just came up with a name for my violin, Mel b/c she's mellow. and my car... i used to name it but since I go through cars like my bow hair, I quit naming them.
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 05:51 PM
From Bilbo PrattleOdile.
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 07:15 PM
I changed my mind.
From Carolyn BergerMy old violin was Houdini, my current one is four seven, for no reason at all.
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 06:15 PM
From Albert JusticeNatasha Fei' Fee Anna Maria Kudosky Nicopelli Justice.
Posted on February 15, 2007 at 08:37 PM
From Alexandra BirchMy current violin is named Jascha Heifetz and my bow's name is Piotr Ilyich the 4th. My old violin was named Francois-Antoinette
Posted on February 16, 2007 at 06:51 PM
From Ian Kingmy violin is called the King, just to follow along w/ my last name, incase im ever famous lol (yea right!)
Posted on February 16, 2007 at 09:53 PM
From Edward FerrisAre you fishing for passwords?
Posted on February 17, 2007 at 01:18 AM
From Julia SI've never had a name for my violin, but lately I've been thinking of some.
Posted on February 17, 2007 at 01:34 AM
From Danielle Gsome times i call it sofia, but most the time its just violin
Posted on February 17, 2007 at 04:32 PM
From Ron GorthuisNo name yet. But definitely my violin is a woman. Curvacious and of delicate nature. If I neglect her for a few days, she is definitely pouty. If I do not warm her up just right, I get nowhere. If I do not stroke her the way she prefers, she puts up an awful squawk. If she gets too hot or too humid, she lets me know directly. If I don't take her out daily, she turns dark. If everything is just right, she sings beautifully.
Posted on February 18, 2007 at 01:00 AM
From Albert JusticeDang--I hear ya! Well said.
Posted on February 18, 2007 at 01:50 AM
From Deanna WymanDionysus
Posted on February 18, 2007 at 06:01 AM
From Daniel HIGotRippedOff is the name of my current violin. Soon to be replaced.
Posted on February 18, 2007 at 09:03 PM
From John SillsPretzel Wick, pretty cool name, huh????
Posted on February 20, 2007 at 05:08 AM
From Jim CI call mine.... "my violin"
Posted on February 20, 2007 at 05:33 AM
Pretty original, don't you think?
From Rachel ConklinSnowBird-A Sailplane contest I entered into.
Posted on February 21, 2007 at 02:49 AM
From Jessie VallejoDacie...El Chino...and one yet to be named...
Posted on February 21, 2007 at 06:35 AM
The first one I ever owned (my nice little scherl & roth...now a spare for random trips when I am not performing or anything) is named "Dacie." Yeah, I was in middle school, I don't really know what I was thinking...
From Graham TraversMy violin is Hilary because Ms. Hahn signed it.
Posted on February 22, 2007 at 02:05 PM
From Eric John-Félix LivingstonBaby ;-)
Posted on February 24, 2007 at 12:38 AM
From Aubrey KeimigPhillipe. (Fill-EEP)
Posted on February 24, 2007 at 03:45 PM
I wanted to name it Sebastian, but my mom told me that he looked more like a Phillipe. It stuck. :)
From Liam Deihr
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 03:14 AM
My actual violin(a girl) is Athenadora. My bow(a guy) is Charlemagne (pronounced, jarlemain), the Holy Roman Emperor.
From lex rez
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 04:03 AM
they all have a name. The King, Red, Billy, Grizzly, Tigger, Blondie, Lexx, Omaha, and Cocco, same with my bows, PB, Will, Ren, JP, Frenchie, Conrad, Shreek and some yet to be named children!!!!!!
From Jasmine Reese
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 05:33 AM
From Jan Doronila
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 07:04 AM
"Il Diablo" -- for my old violin. It is really hard to play.
"Ollie"-- my current violin.
From SAM MIHAILOFF
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 07:33 AM
only one of them has a name
FIFI...a French vixen even at age 62.
Have owned it since 1962
R&M Millant anno 1947
From Benjamin K
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 07:52 AM
I don't understand why anybody would need to change the names for things around them.
My violin is called violin. I don't have a car, but if I did it would be called car. I do have a bicycle, it's called bicycle, a computer called computer, a TV called TV, a coffee machine called coffee machine, a fridge called fridge ...
From Jasmine Reese
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 09:37 AM
Oh Benjamin, but my violin is much more than an object. It is an expression of my very being. Through communication, we are bonded, an inseparable partnership.
Sometimes when people have such a deep relationship with something, they give it a name. Now, I do not go around calling my violin Anakin, but when I mad, I might scream, "Anakin, if you don't get it together..."
From Elizabeth Musil
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 11:01 AM
My first violin, a VSO, is called Screetch. Needless to say, he's gone into retirement.
My new one is Yuki.
From Kenneth Tan
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 11:04 AM
My violin's called Cognac/Brandy after my favourite drink. And I've never thought to name my bow, since it's an extension of my right hand when I'm playing violin.
From Jerald Archer
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 01:18 PM
I owned a fine instrument, made in 1822, of which had a finely carved lion's head where the scroll should have been. It was named by the other members of the orchestra I was with at the time as they called it "Abdul". My luthier called it GAK, from the makers name George Adam Krausch. I no longer own this instrument. Today, I am more apt to call my instruments by choice discriptive names, only at certain key times, that I cannot state here due to my modest nature and obvious possible censorship reasons.......
From Royce Faina
Posted on February 15, 2009 at 02:08 AM
Fid'del has a nice European quality of ring to it....
Castro- Like motor oil, I have to change strings every six months or 140 hours of playing....which ever comes first.
From Benjamin K
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 04:58 PM
"...choice discriptive names, only at certain key times, that I cannot state here due to my modest nature and obvious possible censorship reasons..."
I think I can see what you mean. I called the original bridge on my violin "what a piece of [expletive]" before I got a new one fitted as it was of such poor shape that the D string would move below the G and A string when you pressed down on it around about 5th position with the effect that you could no longer bow the D string at all then. The first bow I owned also deserved to be called "a piece of junk" because that's what it was.
From Marie Brown
Posted on February 14, 2009 at 07:48 PM
violins: Koufax and Ebenezer
mother's maiden name: Foxworthy and I never use it for a password
From Larisa Mihaela
Posted on February 15, 2009 at 03:47 AM
....ok.....:) ..... :)))))))) ....... :))
From Royce Faina
Posted on February 15, 2009 at 01:16 PM
Will this thread reach 100? Will it make the archives??? tune it later, same bat time, same bat channel!
From Chidozie Elvis Chidi-EzeamaHi my Violin's name is Helen I named her after my first Love She's stunningly beautiful with her hour glass shape I love her so dearly and she sings so well under my grip & hold and never disappoints even in performances. I am actually engaged to her! Oh What a valueless instrument!
Posted on February 15, 2009 at 07:17 PM
From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on February 16, 2009 at 12:31 AM
Are we all crazy? Girls talk about their violin as a "he" and boys as a "she"! Yes I believe that violins deserves better than a "it" (except for cheap ones that sound awful!) I often call mine "the tiger" because of his red almost orange color + many stikes+ nice round dark and powerful sound! A tiger is not an easy animal to approch but is wonderful to work with when you succed. But it is only a nickname. I don't consider myself good ennough to give a real name to my wonderful instrument! However when it is not playing well (99% it is actually me that plays bad lol) I call it bad tiger! As for a car ???????????????????
From Liam Deihr
Posted on February 16, 2009 at 12:37 AM
My violin (a girl) is Athenadora, and my bow (guy) is Charlemagne (yes, the Holy Roman Emperor).
From Liam Deihr
Posted on February 16, 2009 at 12:39 AM
I don't have a car. Yet. Keyword: YET.
From Chidozie Elvis Chidi-EzeamaViolins are worth more than an "It". They are like ladies; having a nice hour glass shape (figure 8) and just like ladies to sing high treble too They have e, a, d and G-strings They sing like a humming female human voice They have a neck like a human being and a belly and back too The shape of the scroll looks like that of the human ear They have an end button They have a CHIN rest and a SHOULDER rest too They have a body Their bows have hairs They also have ribs like any complete human being and to make them more human than inanimate, they even grow with age and get better just like every one of us! So you see, every Violin deserves a name and a good one at that!
Posted on February 16, 2009 at 04:40 AM
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on February 16, 2009 at 04:51 AM
>they even grow with age and get better just like every one of us!
Actually I am living example of reverse-Darwinism. Also I think my violin picked up her name by default (d"#$ Missed again)
From SAM MIHAILOFF
Posted on February 17, 2009 at 12:02 AM
yes, the 100th entry
now how to make it viable...made a great cup of coffee at 6:30, heard the mouse trap slam shut at 8:00 (a few freeloaders arrive in the late fall and expect a nice winter retreat. If they don't pay the mortgage then be gone varmint, be gone)...played some good morning Bach on my nameless William Atkinson violin. A name, a name??? "The Atkinson" is the best I can do
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