How Far Back Does Your Membership to go?

December 12, 2008 at 07:22 PM ·

Laurie started in 1996. I am curious as to how long have members here been with this site, and, other than Laurie and Robert, which members have been here the longest?

Replies (51)

December 12, 2008 at 07:28 PM ·

I have been a member since 1780.  I believe Buri has been a member since long before that.

That's a lot of prunes.

December 12, 2008 at 07:34 PM ·

Brian...did prunes exist in 1780?  ; p

December 12, 2008 at 08:17 PM ·

I can't remember exactly... 2003 at the least

December 12, 2008 at 08:40 PM ·

Long enough to have become a fixture.

December 12, 2008 at 08:47 PM ·

BRIAN YOU RASCALL!!!!!!!!! :^D Seriously! I must say, you picked a good year though! You're a man after my own heart. I would have answered like you a matter of fact....I Have! Servces me right! :)

Prunes in the 1700s. People have been drying fruit for a long time I can't see why not. I hope Buri supplies us with a punch line!

December 12, 2008 at 10:18 PM ·

I've never had a prune and not sure I'd like to:)

I find this funny though. After reading Laurie's most recent blog, I agree with her... The humor on here is just special and different than other places.... BTW, why do violinists dislike members of the brass section? It's percussionists for me:)

As for my membership, I've only been here since some time in August. (Or very late July)

December 13, 2008 at 04:49 AM ·


I joined long before Basics wa spublished.  Then by accident I ordered a copy in advance which I don`t think you cna do now.  I wa sso bowled over by it at the time that alnmost eveyr mesasage I wrote included a reference to the book.  Got more and more messgae back saying `what is this book? Where can I get it?`

So in my own little way I like to think I kick started the global success of this greta work.  Ha!



December 13, 2008 at 05:08 AM ·

Hi Everyone,

Buri, I bought Basics because of your recommendation, that was Dec.2005 when I first came to


December 13, 2008 at 05:44 AM ·

Ditto, but it took several more years.  I think I started on this site back in '03 when I was in Malaysia, but didn't start blogging until '06.  Three years of blogs.  WOW!  Gotta check them out again.

December 13, 2008 at 06:39 AM ·

I too bought Basics based on Buri's recommendation.  I joined in early 2005, soon to be 4 years ago.  Time sure does fly while you waste time online!  (Truth is, I don't regard any time on as wasted).

December 13, 2008 at 07:32 AM ·

I began browsing the website probably around February 2004, after hearing Hilary Hahn perform in Anchorage.  I was looking for something that could explain what the heck a martele bowstroke was.  I googled "martele", found, and have been coming here ever since.

December 13, 2008 at 07:44 AM ·

I don't remember for sure. I know that I am one of the oldest members still posting. I made my first posts late 90's and started reading before that.

December 13, 2008 at 08:13 AM ·

Buri, I do think you have a point about Basics!

We started taking members in 1997, and at the time, we were based in Denver, Colorado. The earliest memberships are numbered, but not dated. So I'm No. 1. The first member. Now, we didn't really add too many features until 2000, when we moved to California.

Buri, you joined 9-24-2002, No. 1300. Very early!

I believe we started the blogs in 2003.

Emily, you joined 3-19-2004, No. 4081.

Brian, it looks like you really did join in 1780, how old were you then? ahem.

Tess, you were 9-18-2007; No. 15,829

Christopher, you were 9-2-2004, No. 5568.

Tom, 11-3-2004, No. 6100.

Royce, 10-31-2007; No. 16240

Paul, you joined 7-28-2008, No. 18724

Anthony: you are 2-23-2005, No. 7109

Mendy, 4-21-2005, No. 7656

Mattias, OMG, you have no date, you are number 925, I so rarely see a number like that!

Did I miss anyone? Does anyone else want to know their stats?



December 13, 2008 at 08:52 AM ·

Yes, I would like to know when I joined! I'm guessing sometime in 2004?

December 13, 2008 at 09:04 AM ·

For me it was 2004 or 2005, I'm not quite sure.

December 13, 2008 at 09:26 AM ·

I joined in the days when Buri and Mattias were an enigma and before Buris bunny rabbit sadly passed away.I did indeed purchase a copy of Basics after reading the enthusiastic reviews and now that it has been translated into Italian I recomend it to all my older students.

December 13, 2008 at 09:57 AM ·

Member 925 - Ain't that something for a licenceplate for a car :)

Emil must be one of the older ones (in more ways than one), and people like Melanie Buch and Ilya Dobrovitsky have been around forever.

Was Robert no.2?

December 13, 2008 at 12:35 PM ·

What great reponses! It's like looking at a family tree chart!

December 13, 2008 at 12:58 PM ·

My first post to the site was August 13, 2006, but I may have joined a few days before.

I found the site after googling on some Suzuki songs that my daughter was learning at the time.  There were a lot of good, insightful comments in that thread and others, from teachers.  And that's what kept me coming back.  I wasn't really playing, myself, at that point.  The last time I'd played violin or viola seriously had been in 1998-99.

But over the next couple of months I started feeling like I was going to have to homeschool my daughter if she was going to keep playing.  And so I started playing more regularly myself, and then I started a blog in October 2006.

At this point I'm more of a practice tutor for my daughter than a teacher, but she still needs that.

December 13, 2008 at 01:16 PM · I didn't join until about a year ago, but I'd been visiting the site regularly (and that has nothing to do with prunes) since discovering it in March, 2003.

December 13, 2008 at 01:25 PM ·

mine was 2006.. sometimes the post comes back to haunt me :) It was about left handed violins.

December 13, 2008 at 01:47 PM ·

Wow. That's so neat to see the numbers! I can't believe almost 19,000 people have joined before me!

Thanks for sharing the numbers behind it all, Laurie.

December 13, 2008 at 02:25 PM ·

Looks like my first post was May 2005, but can't remember if I joined then or months earlier.


December 13, 2008 at 06:55 PM ·

Last night I was browsing stuff I'd written in 2004, and I sure was mistaken about some things.  I wonder how much I've mistaken today...

December 13, 2008 at 07:56 PM ·


I dont remember when i registered but it was early on when was new. Maybe you can tell me. Thanks, Randy

December 13, 2008 at 08:27 PM ·

Randy! You must be older than me!!! :)

December 13, 2008 at 11:21 PM ·

As I may have said elsewhere, I bought Basics on Buri's recommendation, and I don't even play violin.  ;-)  Continuing that whimsical line, Laurie, I do wonder how much seniority I have over all you real violinists...

December 14, 2008 at 12:02 AM ·


the funny thing is I rcommende Basic to an amatuer orchstra who set up a series of classe sin which I would tutor sicne eevryone was Japanese. Everybody said they were going to buy a copy so I rang the local dealr and said they needed to egt in about twenty copies. They still have a big stack of them sitting on a top shelf in pristine condition but gatehring dust.  Rather like me...



December 14, 2008 at 12:12 AM ·

I believe I joined in 2004 or 2005. Laurie, if you wouldn't mind I would like to know for sure too. I love this forum and check it nearly everyday, unless I'm out of town.

December 14, 2008 at 01:13 AM ·


It might be hard on Laura if suddenly all of us ask what year we joined and what number we are,but I am curious if Robert is #2.


December 14, 2008 at 08:12 AM ·

My first blog was in Feruary, 2004, but I'm pretty sure I joined before that.  That was during a period of extreme stress in my life, and it was good to know that I would have one good experience every day -- reading  Laurie, I'd like to know when I joined and what number I am.   It will be part of my pedigree.  ;-)

December 14, 2008 at 08:58 PM ·

My daughter posted her first blog in May, 2004.  Which means I've been lurking since around then. I used to make her post under a pseudonym, but when she started doing intern work for Laurie she switched to her real name. 

I just looked over her old blogs-- first appearance on From The Top and roller-skating in the grocery store. I miss those good old days! Glad that archived them.




December 15, 2008 at 05:46 AM ·

I joined March 2005 :)

December 15, 2008 at 03:39 PM ·

Thanks to all who posted! This turned out to be quite fun! Thanks again for participating!

December 15, 2008 at 03:43 PM ·

I'm not sure but  I see posts for me going back to 2004.... I wouldn't mind knowing

December 15, 2008 at 11:27 PM ·

Okay, you guys, I'll give it a go:

First of all, Robert is 532! Now, in the early days we had a goodly number of fake names that we eventually weeded out. So among those who weren't weeded out, and those who completed the registrated process and have stuck around until today, Robert is the 80th oldest current member.

No. 2 was Jessie Nelson, a lovely violinist I knew in Denver who is now in New York; No. 3 Lynne Glaeske; No. 4 Chin Kim, No. 5 John Gates of Florida.

Paul Grant: 11-26-2005, No. 9669

Bart Meijer: 12-13-2005, No. 9830

Janet Griffitths: 10-15-2003, No. 3115, wow!

Karen Allendoerfer: 6-14-2006; No. 11,565

Gary LaCom:  2-19-2008; No. 17,318

Jodi B:  8-10-2006; No. 12,061

Neil Cameron: 5-10-2005; No. 7,855

Randy Elmore, OMG! You were No. 37! Actually another list has you No. 9. We don't have the date.

Bill Busen: 1-29-2007; No. 13,639

Karen Dotson: 7-11-2004; No. 5,032

Craig Coleman: 12-25-2005; No. 9,913

Pauline Lerner: 2-3-2004; No. 3,751

Alicelizard (Caeli): 7-2-2003; No. 2,542

Okay there are too many Smiths to figure out the rest of that history, Karen! ;)

Christina C. : 2-26-2004; No. 3,900!

Pretty interesting! :)

December 15, 2008 at 11:17 PM ·

I haven't been here that long, only since summer this year, but could you give me my membership number too?

December 15, 2008 at 11:38 PM ·

If you are logged in and click on the "My Profile" link at the top of the page (or if you click the name of anyone posting on the thread), you will see that all member bio pages now include the date that the member joined

We started recording those dates on July 22, 2002, so if you are one of the 190 active members who joined before that date (everyone with a member number lower than 1104), your page will note that fact, even though we do not have your exact membership date. 

December 15, 2008 at 11:48 PM ·

I joined October 31st.!!!!!! I'm a Halloweener! That explains alot!  };^P Boo!

December 16, 2008 at 01:28 AM ·


but not where I live so you will always be normal to me...



December 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM ·

Thank You Buri! :)

December 17, 2008 at 01:04 AM ·

If you are interested, here is what looked like in October 2000, from a file I pulled from the Wayback Machine on

December 17, 2008 at 02:09 AM ·

August-ish 2008.

December 17, 2008 at 06:11 AM ·

OMG Robert that's it, I'm going to post your high school show-choir pictures....

December 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM ·

Yes!!! Do that :)

December 17, 2008 at 02:10 PM ·

 Ooh, ooh, Laurie, me next, me next! I wanna know my number! ((Jumps up and down, waving hand wildly in the air.)) I think I joined to post my first entry in December of 2005 (blog following immediately thereafter at the suggestion of Emily Grossman, and thanks, Emily), but I started lurking in June of '05, back when I picked up a violin for the first time, drew the bow across the strings and absolutely cringed at the sound produced. I knew better than to open my mouth and pose questions here that would be equally cringe-worthy in months to come. The threads I read those early months were like Greek to me.

Come to think of it, some of them still are. : /

December 17, 2008 at 02:56 PM ·

Sept 2003 for me, nearing the end of my secondary schooling. Now, after a lengthy break from the site while I was busy elsewhere, I return, at the end of my tertiary schooling. Good to be back (and nice to know prunes are still on the menu) :)

December 17, 2008 at 03:51 PM ·

Terez, you could ask Marina. She'll know.

December 20, 2008 at 03:16 PM ·

>Terez, you could ask Marina. She'll know.

How would Marina know my number?! Oh well, it's worth a try.

Marina, what's my number? 

December 20, 2008 at 03:47 PM ·

I wrote that Laurie started What I should have said is Laurie & Robert. Sorry about that!


December 21, 2008 at 06:29 AM ·

Terez, you are number 9296 and you joined on 10-25-2005!

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