Is there a legitimate use for a Home Depot violin?
I see videos of people making violins out of non-traditional wood bought at Home Depot etc.
They go through what looks to me to be the exact same painstaking process to make them as other luthiers and they look pretty but from what I hear based on YouTube audio they have an odd, honking tone. That just seems like too much of your life to invest in something that's doomed. If they derive satisfaction from it, okay I guess.
Do you see a legitimate use for an instrument like that? Is my awareness too limited, have you heard an instrument like that, that you thought sounded great?
I recently read of someone trying to make pvc instruments (flutes, "bassoons," etc.). Like the cigar box guitar, they're probably playable, but it's likely almost always cheaper/more acoustically pleasing to just buy a 2nd hand instrument. Do you have a video of the type of instrument you saw? I think some people also enjoy buying violin "kits" that one can assemble/finish, but again they seem to be primarily a labor of love rather than a way to produce a cheaper or better violin.
Perhaps it makes for good practice for an amateur maker. Good tone wood can be expensive and easy to ruin.
A good luthier can bring the beauty out of bad wood. Plenty of people have made good scrapwood guitars, although it's not as common for violins—I suspect just because of appearances.
Maybe people are
Upon reading the title of this thread, I thought that somebody might have actually purchased a violin from Home Depot.
It’s not bad to use what you can to make an instrument as means allow. When you use wood that’s intended for construction, you don’t get the same quality in the cut of the wood as well as its appearance. The wood that’s fine for home projects isn’t usually seasoned the same way as tonewood and may be treated with chemicals to deter bugs in storage. In other words, there are more variables that can affect the wood itself or the results you’ll get with it. If you know wood well enough to be able to pick out good pieces from among the rest, you might have a better chance; the problem is that when you’re new to the craft, it’s hard to know what you need to make the call.
I played a pretty decent plastic trumpet at the NAAM show in Moscow, Russia. From a British exhibitor, if I remember correctly.
The Landfill Harmonic: Recycled Orchestra
Then there's the Scrapheap Orchestra. I bought a violin from one of the guys responsible for the string section but not one of these.
The strings instruments sound at least a good as most "proper" VSOs!
The Alison Balsom video:
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