I just want to say thank you to everyone that has been so kind as to offer their advice to me over the past couple months. Not only have I appreciated your honesty, but also your encouragement.
Armed with all the advice I've gleaned from you guys, and with my teacher at my side, I went to my local violin shop yesterday and purchased this little beauty.
Now, I know it's nothing special. It was an inexpensive instrument compared to what many of you have, but I'm extremely proud because I picked it out myself! I played about 7 instruments (including one that was WAAAAAY out of my price range), and was pleasantly surprised at how well I was able to hear the differences between them. One of them that I tried, a rather ornate country-western-looking fiddle, I immediately rejected because the sound was irritating. Honestly, I went in thinking that I would be at the mercy of my teacher's opinion, but I was able to listen and determine which one I liked best, even if I couldn’t put words to it.
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- While I'm not fond of the boxwood fittings (purely personal aesthetics), I'm very enamored with the chinrest. The typical Guarnieri rest that my cheap-y violin had dug into my chin something awful. This one lacks the same raised bump over the tailpiece, so holding my violin up is much more comfortable.
- I also upgraded my bow – it’s still an inexpensive composite (paid about $80 for it), but oh man, the SOUND it produces. I had no idea how rotten my old bow was until I picked this baby up. Its weight is nice, and it seems more evenly distributed throughout the stick. While I’ll probably upgrade again in the future, I’m quite pleased with it.
- I’m down to 1 fine tuner. This is going to be a bit of a struggle for me, being so new to this, but my teacher said I can always add them if tuning with the pegs is too difficult at first. She also recommended that I try playing this instrument without the tapes I had on my old violin’s fingerboard. She and I both noticed that while I was testing my instruments (which, obviously, had no tapes), I was actively listening to the notes rather than watching where my fingers should go.
- I had precious little idea of how terrible my old VSO was. It took considerable effort to play on that thing without creating weird, wisp-y sounds in several places on the G and D strings. My new instrument SINGS, and I’m happy to find out that I’m a better player than I thought I was.
Sorry for bombarding the board with such a long message, but I had to share with someone! :D
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