Hi All - I am an adult learner and about 3 months into lessons. I have acquired 4 violins and my teacher is asking me to settle on one :-)
So here's the dilemma. I bought a new Eastman 305, based on very positive feedback and quite liked it. Then in my travels I was able to get an older French violin (nothing special but looks nice and sounds quite interesting, stated as perhaps 70's) and an older German Violin (quite worn and slightly compressed tone but sounds quite balanced). I also acquired an older Eastman 305 which has a similar playability to my other 305, but smoother and richer in tone. The trouble is, I am finding the playability of the Eastman violins to be problematic - more correctly, I am finding the playability of the older German Violin much easier - intonation is easier for me, as are string crosses and creation of a much more consistent tone for my current skills.
So here's the question: should I be focusing on the violin that is easier to play vs one that sounds better and is more difficult to play? What is better for my short term and longer term development? I am not necessarily anxious to get rid of any of the violins, but am concerned (as is my teacher) that I should be focusing on one instrument for my learning.
What do you think?
My preference right now would be to focus on the easier to play instrument - tonight, for example, I did the majority of my daily practice on the "easier to play" instrument and I found the time was passing very quickly and I found far less fatigue and I was more interested in continuing the practice since I did not feel like I was fighting the instrument as much. But I don't want to impact my long term growth if choosing this path is only something I will need to fix later.
very interested in your opinions :-)
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