March 2010

I bought a new violin!

March 5, 2010 21:50

For some time I have been thinking about buying a new violin. I really like my old one, but its value is absolutely emotional - it's Chinese and, although a luthier worked a bit on it, it's only worth about $100. I like its sound, however. Not that it's particular beautiful, but it's my first violin. Its sound reminds me of my first classes.

Anyway, before I had a five-year-break from the violin, my old teacher always told me to buy a new violin, but I couldn't at the time, although I wanted to. The need of buying a new violin showed up again, though, in the last few weeks. My teacher told me that my old violin wasn't helping at all - actually, it was making my life only more difficult.

So, considering that, I went to the luthier my teacher recommended. He showed me five of his violins which were within my price range (at least about 10 times the value of my old violin - well, maybe not that much, but certainly much better than my old one). He told me a bit about each violin and then left the room, leaving me along to try all of them.

I discarded two of them rightaway - didn't really like them. Then, I had three violins to choose from.

I first tried the most beautiful one, which was darker than the others. I didn't feel the connection I expected to have with it, though. I felt like Harry Potter choosing a wand, haha. Anyway, although I really wanted to like that violin, I felt like it was not for me. I tried it a few other times again afterwards, but the violin didn't 'choose' me back.

So, I had two violins left to test. I liked both, and visually they were very much alike. I knew their prices were different, but I didn't know which costed what. I decided to go with my heart and to try to feel which was the right one for me, using mostly my intuition (okay, I also wanted to hear how they sounded like in the high registers of the G and E strings, shifting, etc).

I tried both of them a few times, repeatedly, one after the other, and then, suddenly, I knew I had the right one in my hands - everything was more fluid, I really enjoyed its sound and it seemed like it really wanted to sing. I know I'm being a bit cheesy, but it was like a "click" moment for me. After that, I had no further doubt. I even sitted and waited for the luthier to come back without testing the others again.

Now that my new violin is with me, we are starting to know each other. I don't know it well, and the other way round is also true. I need to get used to playing in a different violin, and violins can be very different - in my last I class I couldn't bring my (old) violin for personal reasons and had a really hard time playing the school's violin. I know I should be able to change violins and still play well, so maybe this is a good exercise in this sense too.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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