I used to play viola when I was a youngster. I remember I was good at it and I loved it. You know the drill, teach comes in and offers to let your 4th grade class learn a stringed instrument. I jumped at the chance.
I chose a cello, I loved the deeper tone. At 9 years old, the thought of lugging that bigger instrument back and forth to school (1.5 miles) every day would be such a chore never occured to me.
I switched to viola in the 5th grade. My school had a wonderful teacher and orchestra program. I didn't know how lucky a kid I was until we moved.
9th grade. We moved and I was packed off to military school. Which surprisingly did not offer orchestra. I did not own my own instrument and my playing days ended.
Here we are 25 some-odd years later and I decided I want to play again. I chose a violin this time. Its coming back, more quickly than I thought it would.
I just wanted to play, I bought a cheap, (yet o so beautiful) VSO from ebay and started practicing. I knew my violin was cheap and not a real instrument by any means. I also thought it would at least give me an idea on if I were acting to a quick whim, or did I really want to play.
Lesson learned, I really want to play! I am in need of a new violin as I have outgrown this VSO rather quickly.
Now the problem, I live in small town rual Texas. There are no violin shops, music stores, classes, nothing like that anywhere in the area. I can practice and learn on my own. Although, I would rather have an instructor or at least a friend to play with!
I can't buy a violin on my own though. I have to mail order. (I MEAN it, there is nothing out here)
I dont want another VSO. I'm poor, so's I dont have a ton of money to spend on a decent instrument. $500 tops...although $350 is more in my price range.
Can any of you recommend a dealer or brand for a decent violin on the internet?
I am more interested in sound than anything...although I have to admit, I would like to love the look of my violin too.
So far I am looking at the Eastman Violins...I hate the way they look though. I don't care for the classic shiny varnished violins that seem to be so popular. Aged looking darker violins are more to my taste.
I love the instruments "yitamusic" on ebay has. Just looking at them makes my heart sing. I would rather have the Eastman when it comes down to a question of play-ability
Does anybody know anything of these instruments??
Are they worth buying?
Does anybody know of another brand I can buy (and afford) and know I will at least be able to play the instrument and enjoy it?
If anybody out in the heart of East Texas Lake Fork area plays give a holler!! I would love to hear from you!
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