Although I'm sure we all fantasize about one day being able to play an old Cremonese instrument, I've always wondered what it would be like to own one. So here's a few questions to all of you out there with old, valuable instruments:
1. Do you feel your instrument is more like a work of art, a piece of history, or a musician's tool?
2. Do you feel nervous taking the violin out of its case and playing it? I would imagine if I got a Strad I would.
3. Does your instrument have any quirks/tics? (I'm sure your del Gesu sounds great but how does it stay in tune? Is your Gagliano sensitive to humidity? Wolf tones? etc.)
4. How is your violin in terms of maintenance? How often does it get to visit your friendly local luthier/restorer for a check up or repairs?
5. Have you ever damaged it, such as a nick from hitting the scroll on something, or hitting the C-bout with the metal part on the bow? How did you feel about it? What did you do about it?
6. Do you think you would ever sell your instrument? What if it meant a luxurious retirement?
Feel free to add your own questions if there's something I'm missing!
Anybody who owns an old valuable instrument, feel free to share
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