I've been browsing this site since last week, and finally decided to sign up and get involved.
I'm a college music ed major who's hit a major wall. I've had the same violin since I started over 11 years ago. It's been great and has taken me so far in my musical endeavors. I went to one of our local violin shops a few weeks ago to have my violin looked over and found out that it's basicaly a piece of crap. I was getting a bit discouraged with my skill since no matter what I did in regards to my technique, my tone would NOT change. The shop told me I needed a new violin (which I've known but have conviently ignored) and it should be in the $7000 and above range.
Now maybe that seems like chump change to some, but hearing that figure sunk my spirits. I tried various violins there, and found out that I have some expensive taste! Every violin I said I liked was in the 5 figure price range, and my favorite bow was 2k.
My dilemma is that I'm going to be going to a new college soon, and I want to do my best on my audition. I need a new violin and would love a workshop violin by a master luthier, but of course my pockets just laugh when I mention it. Chinese violins are notorious for their poor quality, but I seem they are making a dramatic turn around. I've looked up possibly getting a violin that's carved in china, but set up and varnished in the US.
Of violins in the 1500 - 2000 dollar price range (I know that's "cheap" for violins, but it's the best I can dream of doing right now), what do you recommend.
Tone-wise, I like a deep, rich, dark tone and tend to stray away from brightness. I play in chamber ensembles as well as large orchestras. I play mostly modern music, but have on occasion dabbled in baroque stylings. Soloing is not something I focus on, but when I do choose to solo, I enjoy playing minor pieces that deal more with sustained tones than intricate and fast fingerwork.
Any help you could offer would be GREATLY appretiated, because honestly I've never been so discouraged with music in my life. The last time I practiced I ended up kicking over my music stand, sitting on the floor and bawling. :( Once again, thanks for the help in advance.
Oh yes... I live in the Seattle Area just in case you know of other violin shops that may have what I need.
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