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Emily Grossman

Seattle Debut

March 29, 2006 at 3:48 AM

Tomorrow is the day I will make my violin-shopping debut in Seattle. After days of googling, emails, cell-phone coverage, mapquest, and interviews with experienced and informative locals, I have choreographed the ultimate itinerary. The lineup consists of the top six violin dealers and makers, all of which I have personally hand-selected for maximum quality. The final six shops are (in no particular order--no, in alphabetical order): Bischofberger, Carrabba, Hammond Ashley, Lasley and Russ, David Stone, and David Van Zandt.

Tomorrow and Thursday, over fifty violins in my targeted price range await my personal critique. Accompanied by my scrutinizing colleague "CB", who has impeccable and discriminating musical taste, we will set the standard and slice through the competition, carefully sifting the wheat from the chaff. The lone standing victor wins a permanent vacation in Alaska.

Someone make a reality show. My razor-like wit and sarcastic critical eye would put Simon to shame. And I'm definitely not compensating for my complete lack of experience and the fact that I may not have a clue what I'm doing.

It's like a cross between American Idol and Blind Date.

From Kelsey Z.
Posted on March 29, 2006 at 5:31 AM
Good luck with the hunt Emily! I have just begun my own violin hunt so I can imagine what it will be like for you these next couple of days!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on March 29, 2006 at 6:54 AM
Emily, I'm really impressed with your detailed planning. If you have any trouble making a decision, just ask for advice from your friends on v.com. Correction: If you have any trouble making a decision, just send me airfare and I'll go there and help you. Of course, I will need to play all the violins myself to assess them properly. Also, you'll need to choose a bow. If you send Karin Lin some travel money, I'm sure she'd be happy to join us. The three of us could have a lot of fun. ;-)
From Emily Grossman
Posted on March 29, 2006 at 7:48 AM
Meet me at the top of the Space Needle, high noon, on April Fool's Day!
From Sydney Menees
Posted on March 29, 2006 at 1:16 PM
You sound like you're tasting wine. Or something.

Have fun!

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