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DragonLady
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violin_girlHi, my name is Nikki. I'm live a small town called Buckhannon, WV. I've been playing the violin on and off for 16 years. I started private lessons in 1996. Then I was in orchestra class from 7th to 12th grade. Last week I started to play my violin again after my husband asked me to play for him. I have forgotten how to read sheet music after high school when I graduated in 2005. So I was looking on Youtube to find videos on violin lessons and I came across Fiddlerman's 99 dollar violin test video. I checked out the other videos made by Fiddlerman. I was glad I found his videos easy to understand and that I could relearn how to play the violin.  

16 years of experience and relearning.

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Hi nikki,

I would like to say (and i think i can say it on the behalf of a lot of other fiddlerman.com members) that we are happy to have you here.

You found this website as a lot of us did, and for basically the same purpose : enjoying the beauty of your instrument.

So welcome, and i hope you will appreciate the great community fiddlerman did build up around violin !

Alex'

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You seem to be an ideal person for the Fiddlerman forum.  Welcome!

I bet that Buckhannon is a dandy place to be a fiddler !

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Hi Nikki and welcome to Fiddlerman Site.  Hope you enjoy it and all the folks here as much as I do!!! 

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Fiddlerman
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February 12, 2012 - 9:26 pm
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Welcome Nikki,

I look forward to getting to know you and hopefully seeing some posts about your progress too.

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Hi Nikki,

 

Welcome.

 

Were you aware that it is your lunar year this year? (Dragon that is) I know this because my wife is also a dragon lady. One day I hope to play and for her not to have to pretend to enjoy it 

 

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The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!

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Hi, DragonLady! hope this time You stick with fiddle forever devil

Welcome to the forum! birthday_balloon

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Thanks everyone. Yes, Samuel L Boogie, I am aware it is the year of the Dragon. But that is not why I'm called DragonLady. My husband gave me the name when we was in high school because I love dragons. LOL I certainly do plan on playing the violin for years to come since I finally have my own home. I've had my Rosewood violin for about 12 years. 

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Fiddlerman
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February 14, 2012 - 10:25 am
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It has a cool look, I'll give you that. I don't know how long that neck will last but I have no idea of the strength of a Rosewood fingerboard.

How does it sound? What make is it?

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Usually a rosewood fingerboard is thicker than an ebony fingerboard giving the neck equal strength. Being less dense than ebony the weight is not increased much at all if any.

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The sad thing is I don't know what make it is. The label inside is gone. My dad bought in on EBay about 12 years ago. He didn't know much about stringed instruments.The only problem I have with it is the tuning pegs will slip when I tune it if I haven't played it for awhile. After its it tuned and I play it almost everyday it fine.   When I get a chance I'll upload a video of me playing it. When I was in high school I had a new violin then I had sell it after I graduated. I have no idea what make it was ether.

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That is not unusual for pegs to slip after being idle.

I often find loose strings on at least 1 of my 3 violins following a layover.

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Here is short clip of me playing the scale. If you hear static is because of my damaged laptop. I'll be using a better video camera if I record any more videos.    

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As for me, your violin has a nice tone... birthday_balloon though it's hard to say for sure by only one recording... Hope to see other videos =) cheerleader

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It is not a harsh or unpleasant one. Kind of muted and a little box like but probably very soothing to the ears.

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I like the sound of it.  It sounds like my old fiddle when I had the mute on it.

 

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Curious ......... what kind of strings are you using ?

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Red Label Medium from Showtime Music.  I'm wandering what the Orchestra ones sound and probably cost more. This is the brand I've used since my first violin. They have other brands but I never tried them. 

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I can not tell how another set of strings would sound but I would guess that your present Red Labels are probably about right on the basis of your video.

There is a good country set called Helicore (spiral core/metal) at Fiddlershop for $27 (that's LOW) just in case you want to try something different in the future.

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Thanks Oliver,

Helicores are actually different from most steel strings in that they have steel strands as a core instead of a solid steel core. They are so far the best steel string I have every tried. If I had an instrument that lacked projection I might use these.

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