Traveling in non violin-safe countries
I've been having quite a dilemma for the past few years:
How do I travel for extended periods of time to countries where theft and/or climate is an issue and still find an instrument to practice on?
My current problem is specifically with Southeast Asia (one or two of the following countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos). I'm planning to go for about 30-45 days, but I'm not sure what to do about an instrument.
Option 1: Bring my regular, expensive violin
Pros: good quality
Cons: theft/ climate issues (also not insured for humidity damage)
Conclusion: not a particularly attractive option, unless I were totally convinced it's safe
Option 2: renting a violin there
Pros: playable quality, no need to bring a violin on the plane
Cons: not sure if places exist that rent violins in southeast asia
Conclusion: this would be my preferred option if it's possible
Option 3: buy a cheap, electric violin shaped object
Pros: no need to worry about theft or climate, can practice anywhere without disturbing the neighbors
Cons: sound terrible, currently live in Taiwan and not sure where I could buy such a thing
Option 4: ???
Has anyone else had this problem? and if so, what did you do?
Do you live in Taipei? There is a big electronic instrument/guitar store on He-Ping East road close to the Technology Building Station. You could probably try there to find an electric violin. Here is a link to the FB of the store:
Do you have a spare violin?
Take a beater violin. Something modern and Chinese. An inexpensive CF bow would also be wise.
SE Asia is difficult for renting violins. Take a cheap violin as others have said.
Are you using an expensive bow? If so, get a reasonably-priced CF bow or a cheap wood bow. You don't need a top-notch bow for temporary situations.
I love my 14-year-old Gliga "Genial" violin, which I bought used for $250 in a guitar store (the only violin they had). I realize this forum has many professional violinists with very high standards, but you can, in my opinion, find a cheap violin that is not garbage and that even sounds good. Online you can get a "Genial" violin for about that price new!
Carbon fiber violin!
You don't need a top-notch violin for temporary situations.
For a month, a cheap violin and carbon-fiber bow seem like a good way to go.
I M in taiwan right now for three months and bought a cheap chinese violin for abput 300. Had it set up at the luthier s and it s perfect for practing. I would suggest doing the same. It has greaf resale vaue since it s so cheap
I live in Vietnam and travel often to Cambodia and Thailand. Sometimes to Laos.