Since this is my first time really looking for a violin of my own (I have been fortunate enough to have a violin on loan to me until now), I thought I'd at least keep notes for the future. I also thought it might help others to learn from my mistakes!
Currently I am looking at a violin made by Rachel Bontemps (New York) and a violin made by Geoffrey Ovington (New York). I already sent one violin back, and have a few more hopefully on the way. I love trying out all these new violins - it makes practicing all the more fun! But I also find it difficult because each one is so different. Playing one way on one violin totally doesn't work on the other one!
I'd say the first thing I learned is borrow or buy a really good bow to try the violins with. It makes the world of a difference. The second thing I found helpful is to play with one violin for a week. Then another a different week - or any set period of time. I found that lets me get used to the instrument; thus I can really play my best and get the best from the instrument.
I'd love feedback and help - I always can learn more!
So until next time, Happy New Year!
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