March 29, 2006 at 3:48 AMTomorrow 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.
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