More precisely, where should your confidence come from?
Again and again, we hear among the violin buyers that the sound of a violin is the most important factor when comes to choose a violin. Yet, we know that sound is such a highly moveable target – it depends on so many variables, such as, the adaptation of our ears, setup of the instrument, the place you try the instrument, the bow you use, who plays it and how it’s played, etc., let alone we will change our taste as we grow as a player and musician. How can I be sure the sound of a violin I like today will please me years later?
Recently I bought my third violin with an approach changed from primarily sound-focused to expert opinion-focused. While I had pretty good success in my previous sound-based purchases, I believe there is a more objective way of doing it to mitigate the above-mentioned problems. This time, I somewhat followed what I observed from professional violinists how they do when they purchased their instrument:
They consider playability first and power second. As for the sound, well, each instrument has its unique tonal quality and it is up to the player to make the best of it. The professional violinists I know usually don’t have the time or the resource to try a whole lot of violins in a short period of time (although they may have played a lot over the years), but they would quickly narrow down to one or two really good instruments, take the time (weeks or even months) to play it in all sorts of venues, ask their colleagues for feedback and consult with a trusted luthier before finalizing the deal. In other words, a team effort.
If we are to be confident about the sound of a violin we choose, where should it come from?
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