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Hello from the army
Deployed soldier wanting to play the violin.
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Josh Barrett
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April 18, 2013 - 4:53 am
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Hello everyone.  I am a soldier currently deployed and I find myself with a lot of down time.  I played the violin back in my grade school days and thought that i would enjoy picking it back up again (and annoying the other soldiers in the barracks).  There is a website called operation happy note that sends instruments out to soldiers but I haven't heard from them in two weeks since I tried to contact them.  I have looked at several violins since I decided to play but I cant decided on one to buy that's within my price range of $200-$500.  since there are no music shops out here I cant go play test any at a store so i really have little clue what i am looking for.  So I am hopeing this community can help point me in the right direction so i can begin bursting ear drums and hopefully improve.

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Hello Josh. Welcome to the forum. I remember I had it just like that when I was in the army. It is a great opportunity to improve your playing. I hope you will get a violin one way or the other:)  I can't help you to choose violin,  but i know that some of the other members here can help you. Good luck! I hope you keep us posted on your progress. 

Practice don't make perfect, practice makes permanent.

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April 18, 2013 - 12:22 pm
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Thanks, since I made that post I havent stoped looking at violins all day.  I'm torn between the August F. Kohr violin K550 and the Fiddlerman Concert Violin with a little more indecsion about going electric.  I have to say my favorit is the kohr but I dont think it comes with an outfit and its already a little above my price range ^^;  so I guess ill sleep on it and maybe finally make a purcahse tomarrow.  I will also need a mute to keep the noise down a little, are the metal ones better than the rubber?

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Welcome!

I can't really say anything about the Kohr as i haven't played it but i recently bought an electric and so far i love it, it's nice and quiet but can be loud if i plug it in.  However, i've heard nothing but great things about the concert violin and i'm sure a few members have one and can probably offer you more info about it.  I think if i'd had the extra cash i would have gone with the FM concert.

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Hi, Josh! Welcome to the forum!

I currently play on AK K550. I'm happy with this instrument!

Heard lots of great reviews about Concert Master violins either, but didn't play it. Anyway i think You can't go wrong, choosing between those two - whatever You decide will be awesome!

About mutes: a metal mute will suppress the sound more than a rubber one. At the other hand, rubber mute allows You to hear more amd work more on dynamics. So i usually use the metal mute only when i learn fingerings and when i HAVE to be REALLY quiet =)

Here's the review by Fiddlerman

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April 18, 2013 - 4:03 pm
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I really kinda have to be quiet, the walls are paper thin here practically,  14 people living in a double wide trailer lol.  I love how the khor looks and sounds but once again, I don't know if i get the awesome FM bow with it along with the case XD   and  having to be quiet is why I like the electric type, but I have no idea what I need for a decent setup for a electric while playing for someone other than myself.  the type of music id like to play is wide (highly influenced from what I've seen of lindsey stirling, i know alot of people say that) but also country, like "wagon wheel" by old crow medicine show. I would like to have everything of course but i cant make up my mind for a beginner.  The video helps alot, I would go with the metal mute now that I can hear the difference.

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April 20, 2013 - 9:31 am
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I have come to a decsion.  I will get the CEVN-3, based mostly on the fact that it is very dry here and will soon be extreamly hot  x.x   So I am hopeing that being a soild body violin that the weather will effect it less and no one will try to use it to kill me when I play constantly for hours on end.  Now with that major decsion out of the way, now I sit in bordom waiting for it to get here lol

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Congrats with the deсision! =) Nice choise!

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