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Donation to a noob
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gkeese
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July 2, 2012 - 11:20 pm
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When i joinded Fiddlerman.com, I did it for two reasons. 1) it was a free site that could teach me (hopefully) to learn one of my favorite instruments, the violin.  2) to enjoy the chatting with people all over about something I enjoy.  Again, the violin.  When I came to this site, my wife was working a lot and I was getting really bored around the house.  I looked at joining a chat room, but all anyone ever spoke about was sex and/or drugs. (Not something I have any interest in.)  I wanted a hobby to accupy my time and lonliness while my wife was working, and stumbled upon this site while watching a review on a Cecilio violin I was interested in. 

Since I have joined this site, I have made several new friends, (my wife and I are actually spending more time together also) , AND I have recently bought a violin and recieved one for free.  Two things I have really wanted, (three if ya count my wife and I adjusting our work schedules) have come to me. 

The thing with friends on the internet, is their is never really any connection.  People talk, true, but that connection is never there.  After i registered and became a member, I started looking at videos, and forums, just like everyone else, and I was hooked.  Within a few weeks I heard of a contest for Fiddlerman's sister site, violaman.com.  I began speaking with Kieth, (Mr. Headcheese of Violaman!) And learned about that site as well.  I also learned of a contest going on at the time in which HC was a participant.  Well as fate would have it, a situation arose about the contest, and HC bowed out so another person could win.  Very honorable of HC.  The prize was a brand NEW viola.   Then a forum post popped up out of nowhere, talking about how a few of the older ADVISORS got together and bought this man a Viola for his actions.  Strangers who have never met each other, aside from in the chat room and forum section, had pulled together and helped out a fellow member.  I was shocked.  No other site has members like that.  So from that moment I was hooked.  I began to talk to as many members as I could.  I wanted to have that type of connection with people.  Sounds silly i am sure, but to me, it is still a friendship.

As many of you know, I recently recieved a used violin from my aunt.  It is not anything expensive, in fact, I believe it is a $50, made in China, violin.  Well, it so happens that the day I got it, I tried to tune the old strings and my D string gave me that horrible sound of -twang!!-  That's right.  Day one, and I broke a string.  I didn't think much of it.  I had a backup vilin to play until I could get my string.  Well, I was in the chat bos, just chatting away with a few members, and casualy asked if anyone had a spare string.  My thought was, No one is gonna have one and if they do, it is not like I could get one from them.  I was just curious if anyone had spares, and if they did how many did they keep around for emergencies.  Out of the blue, one of the members said she has a spare and asked me for my address.  I was shocked.  I had spoken with CoolPinkOne several times, but not a lot.  She asked for my address and today, 4days after that conversation, I have a new D string on my violin!  Read that last part again.  CPO sent me, to my house, with no request for money or anthing, jsut sent me a D string out of kindness.  WHO DOES THAT??  Answer, No one!  But here, on Fiddlerman.com, we have a different class of people.

From the members who got together and bought HeadCheese a viola to this wonderful lady who sent me one of her extra strings, this site is full of nice, caring, selfless people who truly feel like family.  Having never seen me in person and oly knowing me about a months, this is a leap of faith in kindness.  For all she knows I will take the string and never show my face on FM again. (not gonna happen, but she didn't know that when she sent me the string.)  To her that string may not mean anything.  It may just be an extra laying around that she would never use anyways.  But to me...it is the last thing I needed to truly start a hobby I have been obsessing over for months now.  That simple little string means more to me than a $4M Strat violin.  And I just want to say Thank You.  Thank You so much for all your kindness. May God Bless you in ALL you do.hats_off 

(p.s.- I will not forget this, and I will pay it forward.)

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

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cdennyb
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July 3, 2012 - 3:27 am
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we're all one big (most of the time-) happy family. We have a difference of opinions but in the end, we stick together and we're here for each other. Your situation is just one perfect example. That's a very good reason I stick around...thumbs-up

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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This is why I keep coming back here.

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KindaScratchy
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July 3, 2012 - 12:26 pm
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Couldn't have said it better myself.

exactly

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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TerryT
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July 3, 2012 - 1:59 pm
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I believe the attitude of the people is a direct result of the actions from the guy at the top.

I was born with nothing,
and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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Fiddlerman
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July 3, 2012 - 7:01 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Very nice to read Clint,

Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts and feelings about this site and what has been going on in your life. I just feel blessed that so many great people found their way here and find enough interesting content and resources to keep them around. Also as Barry said, fiddlers are interesting, friendly and giving people.

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

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gkeese
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July 18, 2012 - 1:33 am
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Well in regards to another pretty cool thing...

 

The other day...about a week ago from today.  I went to my mailbox and checked my mail.  There was this little manilla envelope sitting in there.  I thought all my stuff I had ordered was in, so I thought it must be something for my wife.  Guess how suprised I was to see some yahoos name (cdennyb...otherwise known as Dennis) on the top of the envelope.  "What is this," I asked.  Low and behold...This awesome guy had got in touch with Toni, got my address, and donated to the cause.  Not just one, but one and 3/4 sets of strings.  Ole Roy now has back up strings.  And all out of the goodness of his heart!

 

So yea!  This is a great place.  The sad thing was I had just recieved my order for new strings the day before.  D'darrio Pro-Arte strings.  But the way I see it, I either 1) have two (well almost 2) sets of back up strings or 2) some other noob on here, someday, at some point in the future, is going to be in dire need of a string or two.  And when that happens I will simply pay it foward.  As two great friends have done for me, so to must I do for someone else...and be honored to do it! hats_off

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

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cdennyb
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July 18, 2012 - 1:38 am
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well said my fiddlin' friend. thumbs-up

pay it forward...hats_off

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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Fiddlerman
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July 18, 2012 - 7:43 am
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I love it. The new motto for the fiddlerman members. "Pay it Forward"
For those of you who haven't seen it, a great movie from 2000 staring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt about a cool school project that turned into something very special. A must see in my mind.

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

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HeadCheese
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July 18, 2012 - 9:26 am
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Maybe we should start a "string bank" for just such purposes?

 

cheers

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SaraO
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July 18, 2012 - 9:29 am
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That was a really good movie. This thread has reminded me that the gracious and talented CatMcCall once sent me some very gently used strings when I was new to this site. She was very helpful to me when I was not sure what kind of strings to buy. It seems after a little digging that I still have 1 3/4 sets to pass along for someone else to try. The first one to make a request can have both sets.

One full set Black Diamond medium strings

Partial set of Calvert Symphony medium strings (missing the e)

Happy Fiddlin' ! violin-1267

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