By way of introduction:
I was a classical trumpet player long ago, sat in community orchestras. Then moved to modern instruments (drums, bass guitar, and recently mandolin). My mando chops were getting to where I could start playing some of the lower-intermediate violin literature (stuff I used to play on trumpet, often a Rafael Mendez arrangement). I was able to play Czardas ok, not quite up to tempo, but it wasn't terrible either.
Vibrato (and expression) was the missing element, so I tried a 4 string electric mandolin which can do various forms of vibrato, but then I thought I should just get a real violin. I don't know how much mandolin playing will help with violin, I expect only a little, but I'll take what I can get.
So after some research I ordered two violins, a silent electric Yamaha SV104 (for the neighbors sake), and an upper-level student model Yamaha AV7 (for more serious practice), and a codabow prodigy. I am hoping these are good enough to last for a bit and not hold me back too much.
A pile of method books has already arrived, and the violins will arrive tomorrow, so the first screetch will be then. :-)
I am a gear-head/technician, so new strings and Wittners are almost certainly in the picture. On mando, high tuning ratios are standard, and powered string winders are common. I was surprised that 1:8 is the highest ratio in a geared-peg tuner. Mandos use 1:14 to 1:18, and guitars are more commonly 1:24. 1:18 is the sweet spot for mandos IMHO. I'll install them Wittners myself for sure, and probably want to learn to do a setup at some point too.
I am also someone who likes to spend long hours practicing, so likely a good fit there. Although getting over the hump to where you enjoy your own playing is the hard thing IMHO. It was 2 years on mando before the breakthroughs really began, I expect violin to be similar or even slower.
Lastly, I am looking for a teacher, maybe someday I can get into a community orchestra, or play Czardas like it was meant to be played. :-)
Anyway, this forum seems like a pretty serious crowd, so I'll keep my beginner posts to a minimum, but I am loving what I read, writing down all the literature references as they go by.
Ok, that's it, back to our regularly scheduled excellent violin stuff. :-)
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