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Sone
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Hi there,

 

My name is Sone.  Good to meet all of you.. 

I am married to the love of my life, and am the proud father of a wonderful little guy.  I am a family and young person counselor by trade (mental and emotional health), and enjoy developing and enriching relationships. 

I started playing violin at the age of three via the Suzuki method until the age of five. At that point I stopped, my parents report I was allergic to the rosin.  Bummer.  However I picked up a Mendini outfit in January and have been playing that up until this last week.  

A few months back I noticed a beautifully scratched and tarnished violin on display at my in-laws.  I took it to "Cassandra's Strings" of the Chicagoland area and she confirmed family reports that it is indeed from at least the 1860's, likely earlier. It's an excellent Jacob Stainer copy, modeled after a 1668 instrument. Named "Sophia," She supposedly was played in the WWI trenches fighting the Prussians before accompanying my wife's great-great-great grandfather to Canada, before settling here in the Chicago area.

Four inch long top piece crack, split ended and water damaged ribbing, end button busting up, dislodged sound post and miss matched pegs with a damaged peg box kept me from playing her.  The luthier was happy to bring her back to playing condition.  

Going back and forth from the Mendini to Sophia is going to be rough.  She's so easy to play, with such a rich dark tone. This antique instrument was hung on the wall on a metal plate hanger (!) at the in laws, and it took a bit of convincing to get it fixed, and even more convincing to play it.  They want her back for display soon...  Hopefully Sophia will visit often.

I'm so glad to have found this place.  Wow, what an amazing resource.  I've been watching these forums for a while, and decided to join the community.  Thank you to Fiddlerman for creating a wonderful resource, and for enriching my violin playing experience!violin

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April 1, 2012 - 11:42 pm
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Awww that is a very sweet story! As an artifact of human pathos Sophia deserves both to sing and to be admired. Hopefully your in-laws will enjoy her being played and let you do it often, so that you are not forced to steal her and live a life of crime!

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Enjoyed your story! I believe that an instrument should be played! I don't like when it used like a decoration - it's not its nature..birthday_balloon Nice to meet You here, Sone! Welcome to the forum. =)

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Welcome to the club, Sone.  You will find very interesting players here. Good luck with your precious find, you have taken Sonia into your heart.

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Fiddlerman
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April 2, 2012 - 8:15 am
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I have an idea....
Next time you have the Stainer copy at home you work on your Mendini to match it and switch the copy to hang at the in-laws home. If they suspect anything you just say you fixed it up a little........

Nice story, welcome to the forum. Very happy to have you here Sone. Where is your name from? Sounds Scandinavian but you are from the Chicago area right?

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

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Fiddlerman said
I have an idea....
Next time you have the Stainer copy at home you work on your Mendini to match it and switch the copy to hang at the in-laws home. If they suspect anything you just say you fixed it up a little........

Nice story, welcome to the forum. Very happy to have you here Sone. Where is your name from? Sounds Scandinavian but you are from the Chicago area right?

Thanks! I would have to strip the varnish of the Mendini.. It's a Chinese shiner.  But fun idea.  Sone is a nickname from childhood. 

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Kevin M.
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When they aren't home break in and steal it. I won't tell. Nice to meet you and welcome.

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Aww try to convince them that it's a better tribute to the family history to have that violin played once more! Welcome 🙂

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov

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You could buy the violin a wall hanger, then every time you are there, take it down, play a tune and hang it up again. Eventually you will wow them so much with your ability that they will beg you to take it!!!

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After about 5 or 6 years they will think of you as REAL family. Then they may pass it on to your safe keeping.

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Lots of laughs... An acoustic instrument really breaks in over time to give a great tone..They wan't to be played so they can sing.

So many posts I've read on how to treat your instrument well in storage. Nope it's the one that gets played the most that will sound the best.

From a song writer point of view sometimes you need dark tones and sometimes you need smooth sounding and the list goes on....

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