Reading all these entries by v.commies who get their first viola and say "I love my viola but the violin will still be my first instrument." I would love to know how many of them still say that after having their viola for awhile. I'm embarassed to say that my violin bow had bow bugs for the first time, probably because I was spending all my time with my viola. I can imagine that there are many who are unable to switch to viola as their primary instrument because they have made commitments to play the violin or don't want to leave their violin teacher, but what about those of you who have no such commitment? I'd love to hear stories! Even stories from people who stayed steadfast despite the lure of their viola.
As for me, I guess the stars lined up. I never got a new violin teacher after mine passed away a bit over a year ago. My luthier had a viola just my size that he evidently had had for awhile. (He makes violas but I guess he doesn't usually sell violas made by others.) As it turned out, this viola, a Kremona made in Bulgaria, is actually a better instrument than my violin. How could I not fall in love with it? My only violin activity was San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and they don't mind violas. I committed myself to switching to viola at our last meeting and discovered that a lot of members play 5-string violins. Two good friends belong to the Scottish Fiddlers and were open to playing with me. Some day, if all goes well, our goal is to rope in a cellist to try quartets with us. Meanwhile, I have been given references for local teachers who teach both viola and violin.
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