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Ferret
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I took this photo to send to my sister and thought I'd share it with youhats_off

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Hey, I can relate to that picture, though one appears to be quite oversize, (fiddle on steroids?) and one is missing quite a bit of its body (anorexic fiddle?)..... Now you need to hang them up on the wall with flimsy hooks and thin cotton string, like "someone" else seems to have done with his collection.....     :)

 

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Looks like a happy family. LOL
Thanks for sharing the picture.

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but the one who needs the least."

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SWEET!!!> makes one want to have 10 arm/hand appendages on ones body. >> Nice.

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@ Steve said

Hey, I can relate to that picture, though one appears to be quite oversize, (fiddle on steroids?) and one is missing quite a bit of its body (anorexic fiddle?)….. Now you need to hang them up on the wall with flimsy hooks and thin cotton string, like "someone" else seems to have done with his collection…..     :)

 

Hi Steve

Flimsy hooks and cotton string, WHY didn't I think of that? I'll do it right awayrofl

 

The Family, from the left are:

1. A really crappy electric. Its awful

2. A violin labeled Francesco Servani. An average violin

3. This is my 'baby'. A Ragetti 7. Cost me $800

4. My 'pimped' viola. Her name is 'Big Momma'

5. My first violin. It cost me $47 on eBay. Its not a good violin bit its a quite acceptable 'fiddle' and its a 'keeper'

 

All that I have to do now is to learn to play them anywhere near 'half' well. facepalm

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Nice looking set of instruments!  Big Momma came out looking really excellent with the inlays.  Do you feel it changed her sound much?

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I have a neighbor lady with the same passion for cats. Does your house smell funny? hers does, lol. I guess a collection of fiddles is better!

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I have a neighbor lady with the same passion for cats. Does your house smell funny? hers does, lol. I guess a collection of fiddles is better!

With all the maple and spruce it smells like a forest. And I've not seen one pee in the corner yetrofl

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DanielB said

Nice looking set of instruments!  Big Momma came out looking really excellent with the inlays.  Do you feel it changed her sound much?

 

Thanks mate

Am not sure about the sound change. The luthier did a re-setup and replaced the strings dunno

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very interesting picture! The electric violin is a sojing right?

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Jerusha77 said

very interesting picture! The electric violin is a sojing right?

Spot on, it's a Sojing. In my opinion, as it arrives, it's a piece of garbage. However, to be fair, I should put a decent set of strings on it and try it again. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh. But I doubt it. dunno

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heartAwwww,i love family photos!

Is it just me or do they all look like they're smiling at us?gold_star

As someone with a crappy electric,i can relate...however now that i have a new acoustic,i feel like i love them both the same.You just can't choose between your babies,can you...no matter how different they are...you can't ever let go of them.

So you just keep hoarding and make a big happy family!

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Sojings, at least a few years ago, were popular candidates for "silk purse projects".  As in "making a silk purse out of a sow's ear".  It wasn't so much because they were so bad as because they were so inexpensive compared to other electrics out at the time. 

If you look around the net, you can probably still find some of the projects folks did to upgrade them. 

But you want a good laugh, Ferret.. So far as I can tell, my electric is a knock off of a Sojing.  No brand name and the shape is a lot like a Sojing and it cost even a little less.  Hope you can get a chuckle off that thought, since I always have.

But with a little work, the setup isn't bad, it holds tune, and I'd still take it over electrics I've gotten to try that friends own or that I got to try in local shops.  And it's put up with a year of me pounding on it so far without anything breaking.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Question:  What's the difference in sound with a E-violin other than string's and the type of pick-up's used.

I mean, what make's a $5k Eviolin better than a $ 125.00 E violin. There is no sound post, the hollowness of the body doesn't resonate, so what the difference?  dunno

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Question:  What's the difference in sound with a E-violin other than string's and the type of pick-up's used.

I mean, what make's a $5k Eviolin better than a $ 125.00 E violin. There is no sound post, the hollowness of the body doesn't resonate, so what the difference?  dunno

Very good question. There's probably not a $4.+k difference.

I reckon the difference 'IS' the pickup and the strings. Show me a 4.+k set of strings and pickup dunno

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Other than obvious things like quality of materials used and workmanship, and possibly the circuitry, I can't think of much that would make an electric violin worth thousands.

But then, I'm an unimaginative sort, who can't understand why anyone would pay more than maybe 100$ for a stick with part of a horse's tail on it or how a violin could possibly be worth more than maybe at most $1k to a player.  Antique or historical value, I can see.  But for a new one?  Sure, a $6,000 luthier made violin should be better than say a 60$ Mendini.  But 100 times better?  Really?  Would a 1.5 million dollar antique actually sound or play 10,000 times better than my 150$ Hoffmann?  I kind of have trouble believing that.

With an electric, I can see where exotic materials, flawless craftsmanship and well designed circuitry could make it worth maybe 400 or 500.  Maybe. 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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@DanielB 

Daniel, you have got me thinking. I've got a Sojing that I don't really want and a very nicely grained fence paling sitting in my garage......... Mmmmm

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Now you're thinking!  I kind of like the wild body shape of the Sojing types.  That sort of warped treble clef shape appeals to my sense of cool.  But if you have a nice looking bit of wood lying around, it could be seriously fun to make a body for it that is more to your liking. 

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 Extra points if you can figure out how to use the old body as part of a fence.  LOL

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I think I'll go for the extra points as well. rofl

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nice looking bunch. especially the Viola. is this the one you mentioned having strung like a violin, or am I going dotty

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