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Feeling childish. A rant.

Krista Moyer

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Published: November 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM [UTC]

I’m short. Not simply “need to hem all pants” short, but “need to hem and restyle all pants, blouses, and everything else” short. My feet swing when I sit in a chair. It takes forever to shop for cars because I have to find one where I can reach the pedals and see over the dashboard without the steering wheel digging into my pelvis. When my 6’3” husband and I designed our home, we compromised on getting normal height kitchen counters, but hung the overhead cabinets four inches lower than standard so I could reach the dishes without a step stool. I simply don’t fit in a standardized world.

So when I showed up for my first violin lesson, I was disappointed, but unsurprised that I ended up with a fractional instrument. Finding the decent intermediate instrument that I have now took over a year of searching. That part was fun. I love shopping for violins, even if the nicer fractionals are difficult to find. They are out there though. Those child prodigies have to play on something after all.

My nice violin is something that I don’t want banging around when I travel. To that end, I purchased a cheap used Chinese instrument (shhh! on Ebay) for those times when I’m on the road. It comes with a bare bones case with no suspension. My plan is to use my existing low end student case for the inexpensive violin, and buy a nice luxury case for my vintage baby. I love shopping. This should be fun, right?

In my initial internet search last night, I discovered that the cases most attractive to me are not offered in fractional sizes. Sure, I’m picky. No velour for me, or bare bones tech cases that look like they should be toting drills, not violins. I want a beautiful case, with plush red velvet, a well manufactured wood shell, and good suspension, with amenities. The case should be a joy to look at. Sadly, the cases I like are only offered for full size violins.

I vented on Facebook about this and got a lot of helpful advice. However, I think the respondents simply don’t understand. If I wanted to spend a ton of money on a case, I shouldn’t have to retro fit it, or settle for something that’s good enough to do the job. It appears that there isn’t enough of a market for case makers to produce fancy cases for fractional violins. After all, most folks grow out of them too quickly to care. But I’m not going to grow out of my violin next year, and I don’t need to choose function over form. This is my forever size. It would be nice to have a forever case to go with it.

And yes, it is a petty first world problem. I should get over myself.

From Linda Lalonde
Posted on November 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Have you heard of in Gainesville Fl.? Marvelos instruments, I discovered them thru a very accomplished violinist. SHe buys rents and refer students to them,as do I now. You would not be disappointed if you care to check them out. He has even made an instrument for Josh Bell and his son. His instruments are sold and rented to all countries I beleive except Antarticia. Best to you.
Linda Lalonde
From Laurie Niles
Posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Have you tried just calling Shar with your specs? They tend to be good on the phone.
From Krista Moyer
Posted on November 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM
That's a good idea, Laurie. They carry one of the cases I like. There's a possiblity that they may have sizes not indicated on the website.
Posted on November 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM
My wife can absolutely relate to you! We have had a good many laughs about the trials we've endured to find that "just right size" for her. Regarding cases, why not try Musafia? Customers can design their own interiors, and I'm willing to bet that they would be willing to make a smaller case for you too.
From Krista Moyer
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I'm sure your wife and I would find much in common. Regarding Musafia, as much as I adore their cases, my pants are a bit too bankrupt for one yet. One day maybe, once the kids get older.

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