Instrument Acquisition Syndrome is endemic in some of the areas I frequent. I know of folks who have closets full of various string instruments, and who go to great lengths to justify their obsession. I myself have been infected with this dis-ease, and have perhaps more toys that I can justify without breaking into a sweat.
For all that, I haven't read that this is a known problem in the violin world. Of course, those who suffer from this malady may feel awkward in discussing it in public.
True confession: my name is Bob, and I'm an instrument addict. Worse, I may be an enabler. I have in my possession a half-dozen violins, three violas and a cello, and I don't even play bowed instruments(!).
I started off by getting deeply involved with my granddaughter's violin playing, and bought her various fractional violins as she grew. Now she's playing a full sized instrument, or two, or three; each of them different, of course, and most of them worthy of some consideration. I doubt she needs more than one or two; it's always reasonable to have a spare.
Of course it doesn't end there, but that's as far as I'm going to commit myself, until I hear from other sufferers. If there are any.
So. Am I alone, or do others amass numbers of violins, to the extent that they begin to wonder about their sanity or fiscal well-being?
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