Here's my background, I am a 4th year University student studying theoretical/experimental physics in particle physics field.
I restarted playing violin 3 years ago, I started off with a Palatino VSO, I found my old violin, which was another VSO. I got rid of them both and reached my current 1900's German workshop violin with fake label. I kind of bought it without doing very much research. I just wanted a violin that did sound like a violin. It is EXACTLY what I was looking for, in fact, it sounds better than any other ~$800 violin I've put my hands on. I call it Campbell.
Campbell has its strength and flaws, three largest flaws are:
1. Fingerboard projection, it is easy to play double and triple stops, but extremely hard to play single string staccatos(mostly on D string) in any higher position than third.
2. It sounds HORRIBLE on a humid day.
3. Again, due to low string heights, I seem to keep hitting the top with the bow if I am not very careful(although it has trained/forced me to have much lighter grip on the bow; allowing better projection)
I have visited a few luthiers in my town, and a few other stores that sell violins, and tried violins priced at $600~$6000, some I liked the ease of play, only three that I liked the sound of better than Campbell. I found a Sig. Hoibakke violin which I can say that I fell in love with, priced at $2800.
It is heavy(ier than other violins, which I prefer), made in Victoria B.C.(humid environment), I could bounce my bow off the strings pretty darn easily(good string height) and the sound was just great(on a rainy day).
Overall, all the good things that I'm looking for(and some flaws that I will need to address if I end up getting it and decide to leave Canada[which is only a matter of time in an ideal case, I wish to end up in Switzerland]).
I have been debating over how to raise money to get this. It has been successful. I've recently signed teaching contracts which allows me to spend the money. Now, I'm contemplating that if I should actually get it.
This is because:
1. I am a full time student in a demanding program at a demanding year, I have maybe 5 hrs to practice in a week now. I am re-learning how little leisure time I have. I expect only the worse from Masters and PhD.
2. I am not "good" at playing, although I am encouraged by colleagues and neighbours, I am still just starting suzuki volume 4.
3. I am not aiming to become professional, this is entirely a hobby and recreation of mine.
I spent $20,000 on a car 4 years ago, and I am about to spend more than 10% of cost of my car into a violin. My colleagues, parents and sometimes even I think this is kind of crazy; to spend this much on a hobby that I cannot participate in frequently.
I am borrowing the violin again next week for another trial then deciding if I am going to keep it or not, until then, I could use some insight on why I should or should not get this violin.
In additions, please let me know if there are few things that I should carefully look for during my trial. I know that the nut, saddle, and heel should be replaced eventually. Pegs were well fitted, bridge was good, tailpiece finetuner is to be replaced.
I want to make a list and inspect for them because Campbell was originally badly set-up.
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