First of all, I made in into Michigan's All-State Orchestra, as a second violin, which is ok, but I know I would have had a better chair if I actually practiced for the audition! Anyway, there was a man who was selling new and old violin, violas, and bows. The students of the orchestra could try any violin or viola that we'd like. I heard a rumor of the $2.5 million Strad that he had, but of course he wasn't selling it! I went over to the area where he was, and asked him if it really was a Strad. Yes, he said it was, and he said a lot about it, most of it I don't remember because there was a Strad right in front of me. Many people had already played it, and I really wanted to. I was scared about dropping it, because he said that if you did, you would have to pay the $2.5 million. So I picked it up, with my hands shaking awfully, and I played it, and wow! did it sound amazing!! I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it was definitely way beyond any of my expectations. I can't believe had I had this experience to play a Strad! It was so exhilerating!
Has anyone else had the chance to play one? If so, what was it like for you? :)
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