I am extremely curious as to how my violin stacks up against other violins- in tone quality, projection, playabliity, etc. Lately, I've asked a couple of people if I could try their instruments- my stand partners and a couple of jam partners. So far, I haven't found one that comes close to the clear, even across strings, resonant tone of my instrument.
I'd love to go to violin shops and try instruments, but I'm certainly not in the market, so that would be inappropriate. (correct?)
I'm a bit timid to ask other people in my revolving-door orchestra, and it doesn't seem appropriate in any other situation. So I'll ask y'all- if someone from the middle of the 2nd violins asked to try your instrument, would you let them?
Is it poor ettiquette to ask to try another person's stringed instrument?
I've tried to break the ice and ask the other violin players the 'story' behind their instrument, and it was really fun to hear them!
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