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Alex
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Now for a little about myself! Hello everyone my name is Alex and I'm in early twenties and I'm from New York.  Recently I've started playing the violin again after not touching the instrument for about a decade.  I had a lot of free time recently and needed something to keep my occupied so I picked up the instrument again. I played violin in Junior High school for an year or two then stopped (basically I found video games and other more exciting activities and didn't give the violin a second thought as I was growing up).  Nowadays I regret not going further or continuing to play.  But oh well can't change the past so no point dwelling on it. 

I found this website a while ago but never registered as I usually just lurk on forums and rarely post.  But as I used the site more and more often and reading more posts I realized the people here community here was so friendly I decided what the heck, why not register and contribute.  This website has been invaluable with all of Pierre's awesome videos. (I didn't realize that I was fudging my bow grip until I watched his video)

 

So I've been playing again for the past four months, basically reteaching myself through videos and whatever I remembered as a kid.  Currently learning Pachelbel's Canon in D since that is one of my favorite pieces to listen to.  I'd say it's coming along okay but the piece is somewhat difficult.

 

A sad and funny story from today.  I ordered a new violin and it was due to arrive today.  I got out of class all excited to go home and try out my new toy.  I was so excited today that I barely paid attention to anything that was going on around me.  It was pretty much all I could think about the past few days.  I think I rechecked the USPS delivery link like 20 times today.  I get home and it has arrived! I shake the box a little before opening it and hear sounds of moving parts.  My heart sank a little, but hoping for the best.  I open the box and the fingerboard was completely detached from the violin.  It was so disappointing.  At least they promised to send one out the next day.  Here's a picture! 

 

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Anyways thanks for reading!

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Kevin M.
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Nice to meet you Alex.  I am originally from NY also, from Nassau county and later Suffolk county Long Island.

There is music for Pachelbel's Canon in the post about the southern Ca. Jam.  Pierre did an arrangement for 4 violins.

Welcome aboard and good luck.

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Sorry to hear about your disappointment... Hold on there! cheerleadercow-fingerscrossed

Welcome to the forum!

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Fiddlerman
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December 2, 2012 - 5:39 pm
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Hey Alex,

Thanks for your cool introduction. I know the feeling of waiting for something exiting and the disappointment at times when it's not what it should be.

Glad you decided to participate in the forum instead of lurking :-)
Look forward to hearing your thoughts after receiving your instrument.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hi Alex, and welcome to the forum!

 

Mr Jim  dancing

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December 5, 2012 - 9:54 pm
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Welcome, Alex!

That is a sad story! I can imagine how disappointed you must have been.

Have you gotten the replacement yet?

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Fiddlerman
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December 5, 2012 - 10:35 pm
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I had to fix that link so that everyone could see the violin. As Diane asked above, did you get the replacement yet? Tell us all about it when you do.thumbs-up

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December 5, 2012 - 10:57 pm
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Thanks for fixing it, Pierre. Ugh. That's not a pretty picture of a violin.

Oh, and nice socks, Alex! :)

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Hey guys, been busy lately so haven't had time to reply.  But I got my new violin today (Thursday) and this one had a fingerboard attached, clap!  I got a Carlo Lamberti Sonata from sharmusic to try out and it seems pretty decent for the short amount of time that I've had to play it.  It is definitely a lot nicer than my old violin. The bridge, set up and the quality was a lot better compared to my previous student instrument. The G string is more resonant and clearer and I get a much better sound out of the two lower strings.  That was the main thing that I really disliked about my old violin.  The G was just not even compared to the other 3 strings.

 

The original one that they sent me with a detached fingerboard had a beautiful one piece, this second one was a two piece.  I kinda wish I actually got to see how that one sounded cause I really like the one piece.  The violin came with Thomastik Vision strings, which weren't bad at all.  Although they do need to settle in and they're in the process of stretching.  Only thing I don't like is the Vision E.  I'll probably have that replaced soon or just move my old violin Pirastro E over. 

 

I am also doing a bow trial so I have a couple a Coda Prodigy / Coda NX along with a permanbuco that I'm trying out with the new violin.  Anyone have any experience with the Coda bows?  Currently I'm liking the NX a bit more than the Prodigy. 

Well that's all for now I'll give an update in a few days to see how the instrument settles in.

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I'm happy to hear that you got your replacement in one piece. 

Enjoy it, Alex. 

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Nice! Good news here! Glad that You like it! thumbs-up

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