The title says it all. Will you bring your prized instrument (or even not expensive, but it's your beloved instrument) around for daily event? Like, teaching, gig'ing, where it'll expose to the risk of accidents? For instances, stepping on the cables on stage and you can see the violin flying without wings, water splashing by drunk idiots, slipped off hands because somebody hit you accidently (as close as the musician sitting beside you), or anything you can imagine that'll happen.
So I've come across a freakin thing happened today when a lady asking about violin lessons in the music school where I'm teaching, she didn't know how much my violin is worth and she knocked the back of my violin with her *nails* because she's excited to look at a beautiful violin and the hand is probably out of control, as like many people will sometime knock on the vase, or other merchandise when you go "ooo that's nice, *ding!*".
Luckily, she didn't use much force, and there's no scratches and dings, but that kind of sound it'll literally freak anyone out! I wouldn't blame the lady because she didn't know that such move can cause the owner to nuts even if it doesn't make any damage, although it's a common sense that it's very rude to touch people's belonging without asking. I should've leave my violin inside the classroom, but she wanted me to play some songs and there's only a badly setup 3/4 violin, so I thought I want to make some nice music and I brought my violin out to play for her, and didn't expect this to happen.
Lesson learned, I'll have to be extra careful when facing the public with my instrument, and inform them not to touch it right from the beginning if possible. But I wouldn't want to keep my primary instrument inside my house and only play it for myself whenever I'm at home. I want to share the beautiful sound to everybody, so I'll still bring my primary violin around but I'll be really careful with the publics (especially kids!).
How about you?
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