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Thefrood
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February 8, 2012 - 1:37 am
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Hello everybody. I have been reading and lurking on this site and these forums for about two weeks now and finally registered an account. I'm living in the San Francisco bay area and have been working on teaching myself the violin only for a short while.

 

I've been interested in the violin for a very long time now, although until two weeks ago I had never so much as touched one. Oddly enough, I have three violins now... the first was a bottom dollar discount instrument I got from ebay for $45... but what I really wound up with was a VSO and a $20 violin case. I kept it because I think having a really inexpensive instrument like this would be a good thing to have to test things on before actually trying something new in regards to modification or changes on a nicer instrument.

 

So now I have a used but functional violin from a local music store and a Cecelio silent electric so I can practice in my apartment without (hopefully) inciting the neighbors into a berserker frenzy at the inevitable screeches and squawks I will produce this low on the learning curve. I've only had the silent electric a couple days now, so we will see if it's a reasonable solution. The volume level without amplification (that is no power) seems just right for my apartment... at least the neighbors (my own as well) dog doesn't bark when I 'fiddled' around with it so far.

 

Just as an aside, rather than having bought two very inexpensive acoustic violins, one of which is virtually unplayable, I really wish I had done more research beforehand and instead of making a horrible purchase to save a few dollars and then having to hunt around for an affordable (but still playable) alternative and instead purchased one of the instruments FiddlerMan reviewed...

 

Nice to meet you all!

 

Scott

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sdsalyer
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February 8, 2012 - 9:08 am
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Welcome, Scott!  There's a fine group of knowledgeable, helpful, and (perhaps most importantly) friendly, encouraging people here of all skill levels, so you've come to the right place. 🙂

That's a bummer about the cheap violins not working out.  Cecilio/Mendini are the most popular instruments here and they seem to be a rare combination of quality and affordability, so you probably can't go wrong with an acoustic violin from them, unless you decide to step up to something nicer.  Fiddlerman is giving one away soon if you want to join in on that competition.

Anyway, good luck on learning the violin.  Then again, it's not so much luck as practice, practice, practice, so Good Practicing to you. 🙂

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February 8, 2012 - 9:32 am
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Thefrood said

Hello everybody. I have been reading and lurking on this site and these forums for about two weeks now and finally registered an account. I'm living in the San Francisco bay area and have been working on teaching myself the violin only for a short while.

 

I've been interested in the violin for a very long time now, although until two weeks ago I had never so much as touched one. Oddly enough, I have three violins now... the first was a bottom dollar discount instrument I got from ebay for $45... but what I really wound up with was a VSO and a $20 violin case. I kept it because I think having a really inexpensive instrument like this would be a good thing to have to test things on before actually trying something new in regards to modification or changes on a nicer instrument.

 

So now I have a used but functional violin from a local music store and a Cecelio silent electric so I can practice in my apartment without (hopefully) inciting the neighbors into a berserker frenzy at the inevitable screeches and squawks I will produce this low on the learning curve. I've only had the silent electric a couple days now, so we will see if it's a reasonable solution. The volume level without amplification (that is no power) seems just right for my apartment... at least the neighbors (my own as well) dog doesn't bark when I 'fiddled' around with it so far.

 

Just as an aside, rather than having bought two very inexpensive acoustic violins, one of which is virtually unplayable, I really wish I had done more research beforehand and instead of making a horrible purchase to save a few dollars and then having to hunt around for an affordable (but still playable) alternative and instead purchased one of the instruments FiddlerMan reviewed...

 

Nice to meet you all!

 

Scott

Greetings from one fiddlerman newbie to another, Scott!

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Welcome to the forum, Thefrood! birthday_balloon

Looks like You have a violin collection =) amuse

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Don't feel bad.

It is the nature of the violin that you should ALWAYS have purchased a better  model. 

And some different chin rest, shoulder rest or rosin will always have been better than what you now own.

If you use no special accessories than that becomes the reason for your problems.

The affliction gets dangerous when you actually wonder if good bows start at $5000.

It is also a given that your new strings will only sound great for one week no matter how they sounded when new.

Welcome to the club.

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February 8, 2012 - 2:55 pm
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So, what you're saying, Oliver, is that violinists like to fiddle with their instruments.

 

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So sorry.  I just couldn't resist.

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I often have other thoughts than just "fiddlin" but it's only in self defense.   cool

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Just wanted to say welcome to the Forum TheFrood! Don't hold any questions in, ask whatever you need to ask, that is the nice thing about this forum, is that others ask the same questions that you may have, and that saves me, or you, or others, the need of asking them 😛

Again welcome cheers

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Its nice to meet you...welcome aboard coffee

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