Violin Gift Ideas

November 24, 2009 at 03:50 AM ·

Do you know about any hot new products: sheet music, cds, accessories, that would be good gift ideas for a violinist? Looking to expand my xmas list. 

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November 24, 2009 at 05:48 AM ·

  • Digital audio recorder
  • Strings
  • Fantastic workshop with some great teacher or subject
  • Visit to the National Music Museum
  • Dedicate a piece in your honor (Not a full symphony, maybe)
  • Bow case
  • Wind chime tuned in fifths (GDAE, of course!)

November 24, 2009 at 07:31 AM ·

You'll never know how much benefits a portable recorder for a violinist. Get a Zoom H2 or if you willing to spend more, once and for all, get the H4 or even H4r, excellent quality recording device.

November 24, 2009 at 08:48 AM ·

A pencil always comes in handy, too!

November 24, 2009 at 03:36 PM ·

Nail clippers, CD of favorite player! (Don't give a mute, it could be an insult... ; )

Anne-Marie 

November 24, 2009 at 04:16 PM ·

A digital picture frame displaying one of your favorite voioinists, or perhaps yourself, playing a nice violin composition.

November 24, 2009 at 04:27 PM ·

How about a ticket or two to the Digital Concert Hall? Or to a live concert?

November 24, 2009 at 10:49 PM ·

Leather mutes are very stylish and a nice change from the standard issue.  In addition, they don't require lowering sound to pp.

http://bostonfiddle.com/Product_LeatherMute.html

November 24, 2009 at 10:55 PM ·

The books by Flesch (Art of Violin Playing) are fantastic, I've read mine so many times the edges are frayed and the cover is coming off and I only got it the first volume a few years ago.  Fischer's basics is also a great book. 

The book by Auer is very interesting to read (lots of history and of course, ideas about how to practice etc.)   It's really amazing how much violin playing changed just in his lifetime (and it's less expensive than the other books). 

November 25, 2009 at 12:22 AM ·

See my blog of October 28, 2009, complete with picture.  One of the commentors said that it should be required reading for anyone who wants to buy a gift for a violin teacher.

November 25, 2009 at 03:13 PM ·

I saw the neatest violin lamp....

---Ann Marie

November 25, 2009 at 04:08 PM ·

 The current issue of "the Strad" magazine would always be a good gift.  You could probably still find a copy of their recent special edition "Violin Heroes", as well, which I have really enjoyed.  I have learned a whole lot about the great violin players and about the times in which they lived and played.

November 25, 2009 at 05:17 PM ·

Tuner

Metronome

Violin Calendar

Framed print/painting

Magazine Subscription

Lifetime supply of Advil (my personal favorite ;-)))

 

November 25, 2009 at 05:40 PM ·

(Advil indeed:)!)  How about instrument polish, nice practice journal, music stand, music history or biography books - for little kids, composer/music colouring books, fun violin jewelry, posters.  I really like the concert ticket or teaching/clinic tuition idea and magazine subscription too!  A friend of mine is a piper, and he played at our wedding - as a gift (because he flatly refused any payment) I bought him a magazine subscription from the National Piping Centre in Scotland.  I think he really liked it and his piping friends often try to scoop his copies:).

November 25, 2009 at 07:45 PM ·

Ann Marie, how about a genius in the lamp... Many violinists would run 100 km for this ; )

Anne-Marie

November 27, 2009 at 05:42 AM ·

Let's think big here....

A violin a symphony was written for!

November 27, 2009 at 10:09 PM ·

The violin of your greatest idol...   if you can afford it!  

Anne-Marie

Personally I wouldn't dare

November 29, 2009 at 10:05 PM ·

Get  new strings or

- new mute that makes the fiddle sound better than other mutes

- see a good concert with a great violin soloist

- a good chin rest if you don't like the current one

- get a sound adjustment on your fiddle 

- get a book about famous violinists or master violin makers or bow makers

December 6, 2009 at 03:42 AM ·

I would love an I-Tunes giftcard!

December 10, 2009 at 05:53 AM ·

Strad Posters are a fun studio addition. US supplier here: http://www.theviolincase.com/strad.shtml

Circle of Fifths watch just for fun: http://www.theviolincase.com/circle-of-fifths-watch.shtml

December 25, 2009 at 09:49 AM ·

 My mother actually found me a really cute violin related present that she found back in the US before coming to Australia to visit me for the holidays. :) 

http://twitpic.com/v4bl3

A violin sculpture/ornament thing! How awesome is that!

December 5, 2010 at 03:26 AM ·

For beginning violinists of all ages, the gift of a beautiful bow hold from Things 4 Strings!

things4strings.com

December 5, 2010 at 07:22 AM ·

Here's another idea. How about inventing some new thing for violinists to use, and naming it in their honor?

December 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM ·

 Caswell's now has a website! And the fact the company is dedicated mainly to violins means there are great violin products there :P 

It's only new though so you'd have to keep and eye on the site because new stuff is being added all the time. :) 

They have violin socks, sticky notes, pencils, violin sharpeners, lots of art (including a freestanding scroll), case stickers, note pads, bags, shopping lists things (or should I say, Chopin Liszt) conductors batons, lots of music card and board games, umbrellas, cufflinks, etc etc. 

http://www.caswells-strings.co.uk/shop/

December 7, 2010 at 06:13 PM ·

Arabella Steinbacher's new PentaTone recording of the two Bartok concertos should be on everyone's wish list or list of things to give.  See the review in Gramphone

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/bart%C3%B3k-violin-concertos-%E2%80%93-no-1-sz36-no-2-sz112

The print version is even more complimentary with "Unforgettable Bartok from Arabella Steinbacher"  and Beauty in the Details".

Steinbacher's performance transforms this music I had already begun to recognize as "substantial", "worthwhile" and "satisfying" into music that is rediscovered and now cherished, treasured, loved.

See also the review at http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/6656

 

 

December 7, 2010 at 08:45 PM ·

The perfect, ultimate gift....will be available in a couple of days: Sony classical is issuing the complete recordings of Jascha Heifetz (104 cds) including 3 hours of never before released material!!!!           For all those who missed the Heifetz collection on RCA some 15 years ago, and have been disappointed by the poor quality of the Naxos remasterings.....

December 7, 2010 at 09:04 PM ·

A fine chianti, perhaps an old vine zinfandel.

December 8, 2010 at 04:13 AM ·

@Emily,

Well, since you are headed that direction, how about a nice wine chest!

Please include a nice Oregon Pinot Noir, a Carménère, a couple bottles of good French Bordeaux,  maybe some late harvest Gewurtz or Muscat.

The other bottles can be any good apellation.

December 8, 2010 at 07:50 AM ·

How about an $18 million dollar del Gesu?  I'd be okay with that.

December 8, 2010 at 11:18 PM ·

Hilary Hahn recommended the C-Clip as an inexpensive but very useful item:

http://www.stringsmagazine.com/article/default.aspx?articleid=26575&page=2

It is a guard for the edge of the violin, protecting against nicks.

December 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM ·

 Many years ago my present wife, then girlfriend gave me a hand-made bag ("pyjamas") for my violin.

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