It can take a long time to find an instrument that you truly love.
Of course, I knew from a very young age that I truly loved "the violin" generally. But finding a specific instrument that felt like my own voice took a very long time. In fact, I'd been playing for 30 years when I finally found "the one"!
On the way to meeting my match, I went through a number of fiddles: a Roth student violin, a German violin, a modern American. Each was a step up from the previous fiddle, and I learned a lot along the way about how a violin can help enhance one's vibrato, find more tone, play with more agility, and focus the sound, etc.
There are big-name violinists who found their partner early and stuck with it: Hilary Hahn springs to mind, with her Vuillaume, which she has played for some 25 years. And there are others who love to look, who are constantly trying out something new.
Where do you fall, when it comes to your main instrument, be it a violin, viola or something else? Are you happy together? Or are you still looking? Or are you just always looking? Vote, and then tell us about your journey, finding a violin.
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