For a while I had a yellow violin. It wasn't just a little yellow; the luthier had literally mixed amber crystals into the varnish -- you might even say it glowed.
I loved its appearance (yellow is my favorite color), though one of my friends laughed, "What is that, glitter? It looks like it was involved in a child's art project accident!"
I now longer have that violin. My current violin is simply a traditional brown, beautifully varnished. Mine doesn't lean toward golden, orange or red, but many traditionally-varnished violins do.
Obviously, the most important thing about a fiddle is the way that it sounds. But its appearance can affect its value as an object of art, and it can also affect the way one feels about it.
I once had a new student bring a bubble-gum pink violin to her first lesson. Her parents definitely had bought the pink fiddle for its color; it was complete garbage as an instrument! But that does not mean that all interesting-looking violins are garbage. It is possible to create a decent violin that is rather exotic in color, though most brightly-painted fiddles you would find on the Internet are decidedly not-so-good.
When it comes to electrics, though, they can come in all kinds of colors.
What color is your main violin? Is it a traditional violin or an electric? And what has your experience been, with colorful fiddles? Please participate in the vote and then share your thoughts in the comments.
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