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A sucker for a bargain
But it usually works out well
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Ferret
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OK, I'm a sucker for a bargain. Can't help it

I was browsing eBay and saw a second hand violin that was just about to end its auction. It said only played once. I made a bid and won and this is what I got.

 

The violin had never been played. No rosin on the bow or strings. It still had inspection cards attached. It came in its original box in a FPS case. It had all of the bits that come with a ready to play violin including a spare set of strings.

The strings where garbage but when played you could tell that the violin had 'some' potential

I had a rummage through my violin stuff and found a used but good set of Dominants. I fitted them and re-tuned and played it. The difference was striking.banana

This violin cost me $32 AU Pics Below

I have also added a video at the bottom of the page. All mistakes, bad intonation, and bow bounce is mine, not the violin's rofl

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Well that is one pretty hot looking violin!  Right on... you needed another for your collection..to prove the humidity / weather... peg situation..right?  Scientific..of course..right?

Congrats on the good find and good buy!!

wooo hoo.

Toni

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It may have been made on a production line, hence the manufacturing costs reflect the economies of scale (assuming it is in tune).

 

As Henry Ford once said, "You can have any colour you like so long as it´s black."

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@Donald and @coolpinkone 

I've added a video to the post.

As I said in the update, "All mistakes, bad intonation, and bow bounce is mine, not the violin's rofl"

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Doesn't sound bad at all, Ferret!   I'd say you scored good on that bargain.

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Thanks for adding the sound effects.

 

I guess this is too late, but did you also make a recording of it before you changed the strings ? I am left in suspence.

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Donald said
Thanks for adding the sound effects.

 

I guess this is too late, but did you also make a recording of it before you changed the strings ? I am left in suspence.

@Donald 

Unfortunately I didn't. It would have been a good idea. facepalm

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Good deal Ferret. :-)
Congratulations.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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coolpinkone said
Well that is one pretty hot looking violin!  Right on... you needed another for your collection..to prove the humidity / weather... peg situation..right?  Scientific..of course..right?

Congrats on the good find and good buy!!

wooo hoo.

Toni

@coolpinkone 

Of course Toni. Purely scientific. Pegs and things and stuffrofl

Actually I'll probably take it out to our cabin out in the boonies and leave it there rather than take one with me every time I go there.

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Well...I think that is a positively smashing idea.

Sounds good too... Looks like  you can do some Johnny Cash songs.....:)

 

Enjoy!

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Not bad student violin. Definitelly worth the money! Congratulations!

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Cool violin! I think it sounded very well. What is the name if the tune you were playing? It was nice:)

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Frequenzy said
Cool violin! I think it sounded very well. What is the name if the tune you were playing? It was nice:)

Hi Kristian @Freq 

The tune is called 'Redeemed'. Unfortunately I don't have the music for it so I can't post it for you. I've looked for it on the web but can't find it

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Nice find Ferret, and it sounds good too!

Love the black finish, and from the pictures it looks like they did a quality job on it.

"Music is what feelings sound like." ~ Author Unknown

 

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After some research, I have found, much to my surprise, that it was made for the supermarket chain, Aldi.

So, how cool. I got a supermarket violin. 

Who else of you could say that? rofl

 

But it still sounds OK to methumbs-up

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I didn't know, ALDI sold violin's. I have two ALDI's near me and have never seen any playable instrument's in them.

Hmmm.. very strange.

 

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ALDI's... Never seen any musical instruments at the one we have local, but I will def keep an eye out.  Some of their food, small appliances and cookware aren't bad. 

Doesn't sound bad at all.  Definitely not the sound that would come to mind if someone said "grocery store violin".  To my noobish ears, sounds like the top plate may be a little stiff and after you've played it in a bit the sound should warm up some.  Is the action comfortable? 

 

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I have never heard of a grocery store Violin... Wow who knew?  

 

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@Fiddlestix  @DanielB  @coolpinkone 

 Ken, Daniel, Toni

After finding out i had a look at the box and there it was written on the side. I says that it was made in China for Aldi in Australia

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places like that do all kinds of random stuff. I remember Lidl selling unicycles.

the tesco website has a violin very similar/possibly the same as my first one

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