Practice violin in Zurich, Switzerland
Hello, I used to post here regularly but I ended up getting very busy and started focusing on other things in life.
Long story short, I now live in Zurich, Switzerland and my nice violin sits at my parents' and I may bring it the next time I visit. However I am a bit afraid of damaging it or having it stolen.
I want to get an inexpensive practice violin instead if I can.
I am thinking of ordering something off of ebay unless if someone has a suggestion here.
Thank you for your time.
I own a Yamaha V5 violin worth €350. It’s quite bright. You may want to use it with a better bow, which for me has made a difference. And of course, you should change the default Prelude strings, which are way too shrill for this violin. It’s not the best violín out there, but I’m satisfied with it for the price, and will use it until my technique improves enough to “earn” a better instrument.
Hi Jeff and Miguel, Thank you for your responses. After talking to my wife a little bit, we found this one:
You're welcome, Steven. I think you're right thinking the setup is important. I like my violin, and it has sentimental value for me, since it has been my only violin and it was given to me as a gift from a very close relative. That's why I'm slowly trying to set it up the best possible way. I want to keep it.
Hi Miguel, Honestly, I've never heard a single electric violin that sounded "Bad." As far as you invest in good amplifier, it can mimic the sound of the best violin, but it simply isn't "right".
It surprised me that you decided to get an electric. What I've been told from people who has played electric violins is that the bowing tends to be very different, and the intonation is slightly different, since they lack the overtones an acoustic violin produces. I imagine they're good for practising fingering, scales and exercises without bothering anyone. I practice lots of times with my violin using a heavy lead mute almost at midnight, and so far, none of my neighbours has complained.
I take my electric along while traveling. But after two weeks practice-wise I feel stuck and have to get back to my acoustic one.
Well, I guess I can tell you the long story now. I've had about 10 cycles of secondary violins in the past. You can find my old posts if you search my name.
Hi Miguel. If you keep playing the violin, you will see more than one in your possession in your lifetime. Some better than your primary.
Hoibakke is a totally unknown maker for me. Your instrument has an interesting story. I'll search for some info on Hoibakke violins. Thank you.
There are a million varieties of cheap travel violins out of China. You can find them on Ebay and also Alibaba. They are study enough to pack in a suitcase. The only thing I don't like about them is they are kind of heavy -- 3-4 pounds. They are electronic/"silent" -- meaning if you don't plug them in, you can practice with them without disturbing people in neighboring rooms.
It truly depends on what you want. In our household we keep a Stag Electric for travel. It is a perfectly adequate instrument for hotel room or office silent practice. It feels like a proper violin and it is playable without a shoulder rest which is important to some, unlike many other Electics. It doesn't care about humidity, it doesn't care about temperature fluctuations and it doesn't annoy the neighbours. We also keep a Cricket. It is a great travel option since it travels in a document tube. Its a real acoustic instrument, and again its bombproof in terms of humidity and temperature, although in terms of tone it might offend those of a sensitive disposition. However, if you want a real instrument that can give you the full acoustic violin experience you will need, as you already know, a real violin. Europe is literally stuffed with violin shops. Take a couple of days off from High Energy Physics and go shopping. You are more likely to be at least partially satisfied by that approach than you are buying stuff cold from fleabay, but really, you know that already!