Written by Barrett Cree
Published: September 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM [UTC]
I learned that the violin and the madolin have the same string setup. Therefore, if I can learn the notes on a madolin I should be able to do the same on a violin or a least have some transfer of knowledge from one to the other where notes and cords are concerned, or that's my thought anyway!
I've always loved the sound of the violin and I simply want too have a violin in my hands now, period!
Here is the question. Should I buy a $150-$300 for a used beginner violin and just see if I take to it? Or just go ahead and spend $1,500+- for a violin that I think I will like and possible not out grow and spend $500-700 for a nice bow.
Either way, I will be at the mercy of a violin shop's advice and description of the quality of the product, due to not having any knowledge but violins. One violin shop asked my price range before setting up the appointment. Then I read on this site not to give your price range, unless the violins are already have price tags to prevent any hiking of prices that might otherwise be different if the seller didn't know what one was willing to spend. I don't know if his violin are tagged or not , but it the closet violin shop within a 3/12 drive?
So do I go Craig's list and spent very little for a poor quality set up, and check it out for a while? Or take a leap of faith that the pleasure I think I will get from a violin won't be short lived and therefore making the more expensive purchase and spending my hard earned saving for better quality be best?
Thanks for any advice
I definitely have an opinion on this matter....I would advise that you are much less likely to "take to" a cheap violin. Here is why!
A cheap violin is a total waste of money and may even ruin your ears. A violin at $2,500 is a lot of money to risk for someone doesn’t know much about the instrument. And if you don’t like it after all, you will have a hard time to get the money back by selling it, as there are tons of violins at this price range out there to find a home.
If you are serious about trying violin, the best investment is to get a teacher, even just for one lesson. Then we can continue discuss about what instrument to get if you like. Good luck!
Best of luck to you!
About the mandolin, in my experience playing the mandolin helped me find the notes on the violin as when I started I was playing strictly by ear.
Reasonable precautions I took: I went to a respected luthier, took my daughter on the first few try outs to play for me, and when I had almost decided, my (first) violin teacher came with me to see about the instrument's quality.
Bottom line: I never regretted my decision for one moment, love my violin!
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