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Oliver
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You may know that I am trial testing a new violin and it is doing something unusual.  The violin will not allow me any slop.  The notes must be right on.

It sounds great when I manage the right notes but it won't give me an inch.

Sort of like a finicky race horse. 

Does this sound possible that the violin has an attitude?

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What sound does it make when you aren't spot on the note Oliver?

I've spoken with a lot of people in the past 12 mo.s about the playability of various violins, and absolutely, some sound incredible but are just more difficult to get a beautiful sound from.

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I have to wonder if it doesn't have a lot to do with the strings.

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Is that the hand-made violin?
Sounds to me like it is making sure you deserve to own it.
Being able to afford it doesn't automatically give you the right to have it.

This is getting spooky, lol. Have you ever noticed the shop there before, or did it just appear? Like magic!

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Never noticed the shop before but it is small.

Who needs a violin that complains ?

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I'd threaten it with fire, see if it keeps complaining then. Also, if it stops complaining i'd burn it anyway because it's possessed.

I can't read music, but I understand it perfectly.

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Violins have some rights, you know!

I wonder if it is a matter of pedigree.  My old violin was for the "advancing" student and would forgive almost anything.  Now, I just might have a real violin and it demands more.  ???

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TerryT said
Is that the hand-made violin?
Sounds to me like it is making sure you deserve to own it.
Being able to afford it doesn't automatically give you the right to have it.

This is getting spooky, lol. Have you ever noticed the shop there before, or did it just appear? Like magic!

Ironically enough, I was just watching one of those ghost shows and they were dealing with haunted objects!  .......kinda makes you wonder with how many older violins are in our possession! LOL  surprised

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TerryT said
Is that the hand-made violin?
Sounds to me like it is making sure you deserve to own it.
Being able to afford it doesn't automatically give you the right to have it.

This is getting spooky, lol. Have you ever noticed the shop there before, or did it just appear? Like magic!

oooooo, Violin Elves!!! Oliver, you are SOOOO lucky! If you pass the test, your fiddling will be magical indeed!

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How about showing us a video, Oliver?  violin

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I don't know guys.  My g string is quite finnicky.  If i'm not exact, it seems almost like it kicks me in the face and stops making any sound.

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There you go! 

Is the G string the same brand as the others?

(You have to lift that elbow and dive on the G.  No Mr. Nice guy.)

 

My violin seems to be settling down.  I ran thru my 7 bows and I think I got a winner.

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I will post a video (or audio) as soon as I get the beast under control.

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wow, 7 bows.  i never thought they would make that much difference.  I have 2 cheap ones, but i hate one.  I guess i should have made the connection.

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I have never owned a violin during the last ten years that wanted the same bow for two or three days in a row.

It does make a difference and it is worthwhile to find a good one for your violin BUT BUT it is hog wash to assume that bows become better in all cases depending on cost.

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PS You don't need 7 bows.  One will be enough if it well chosen.  You can probably meet your day to day requirements with variations in amount of rosin.

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I know this one violin dealer from Atlanta that always picks bows to go with the violins he sells. Kind of like a woman picking shoes to go with the new dress she buys.
He really knows which bows will sound best with each violin. Trouble is that the bows are pricey. He handed me one bow that cost $60,000.00

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