Greetings to all of Violinist.com members. I've been lurking here for the past month and finally registered yesterday, seeing as you guys seem to be a band of merry, kind-hearted folk, eager to share your experiences, good and bad, and various advice (prunes and bananas are a staple for me now). I was also encouraged by the fact that I'm not the only one taking up violin past the usual starting age. Quite a way beyond.
I'm Ariadne, born and bred in the Philippines. I've wistfully thought about taking up violin for the past 18 or so years, ever since giving up piano at 11. My teacher then was the old-school type who wrote the notes on my fingers with pentel pen and smacked my hands with a wooden ruler when I hit a wrong note. In any case, I just started seriously planning to study violin within the past 2 months, and visited various forums, discussion boards and websites to see what I needed to prepare myself for. I've interviewed potential teachers, and settled on one. I intend to start this October.
My stumbling block is the violin. I haven't got one yet. You see, in all the music stores that I went to, they don't let the potential buyer take an instrument home and test it for a few days before making a decision, like all of you have shared. Here,it's either you buy it or you don't. And my future teacher expects me to have 1 ready a week from now.
Anyway, I've settled on the Cremona SV-100 (full-sized). Is it alright if I just get it straight from the store, after making sure it hasn't any (obvious)defects? I have no idea what to listen for in terms of sound (deep, warm, rich etc.)or even how to produce them.
Thank you for anything you can share.
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