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Hello from a new adult learner
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KittyKat77
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December 14, 2013 - 12:55 am
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Hi! I'm Kat, 36 years old and just starting to learn.

 

Playing the violin has been something I wanted for years, but between one thing and another, it didn't work out.

 

Well, recently my husband saw a used violin in a junk shop. It turned out it really was junk, he took me over to look at it, and it wasn't good. However, that encounter renewed my interest. I started looking up info on how to tell if a violin is in need of repair, and telltale signs it's probably not quality.

 

I found one on craigslist that was interesting. The seller said it was a "Knitting" violin, which made me laugh as knitting is another of my hobbies! I figured he must have misread the "Knilling" label, and asked to meet up to see the violin.

 

It is a Knilling violin, Bucharest model made in Romania. These typically sell (new) for about five times as much as I would be able to afford. There are a few cosmetic scratches, but overall, it's a real pretty little thing. I tried out playing a few notes, sure it was a bit scratchy due to, ahem, user error. But when I got a good note out, it was clear as anything.

When I told my husband what this violin sells for brand new, he figured it was a decent investment. If I don't keep playing (fat chance, I've wanted this for far too long) we can sell it for at least as much as we paid for it.

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Fiddlerman
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December 15, 2013 - 7:32 am
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Congratulations KittyKat77,

Great story and I'm glad you found a fiddle that you feel good about. The feeling of knowing that you didn't throw your money away is a great one and knowing that you can trade up without loosing money is also great.
Usually the only way we can do this is by buying a used violin. :-)
Look forward to getting updates on your progress.
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Mad_Wed
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Hi, Kat! Welcome to the forum!

I hope You'll like to play that violin and won't give up on learning!!!

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KittyKat77
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December 16, 2013 - 8:28 pm
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Thank you!

 

I practiced a bit yesterday and today.

Sure, most of it sounded pretty awful, but when I hit a note right that violin rewarded me with the sweetest sound. She's just so sweet! Hearing those good clear notes, I just want to keep practicing more and more, so that happens every time not just once in a while.

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