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$100 Cecillo Ebony Fitted Violin (blue)
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David Burns
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$100 Blue Violin!Hello everyone!

I am new here, and lost! I played violin in school, 4th grade til high school. Fell in with a bad crowd and sold my violin to buy drugs. Not a good trade, kind of a trade deficit! That was 35 years ago. The other day I picked up a violin for the first time in that many years. I remembered "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and the feeling that resonated through me was electric. I had to have a violin. I went on Amazon and looked at violins. I did not want to spend an arm and a leg. I saw the Cecilio brand, looked at several models and settled for the blue ebony fitted one. After the purchase, I searched $100 violin and found Fiddlerman's video review of the black Cecilio $100 violin. It seems I made a somewhat good buy. My violin just got here this afternoon, when I got home from work, I unpacked it. I was and still am a little disappointed in the paint job. There are a few places where there is no blue paint, just white primer, mainly in the "f" holes. There is also one spot on the "waist" of the body. The strings were installed at the factory and were loose, a good sign. I began by checking the placement of the bridge, it was too far forward. I moved it back, lining it up with the center notches in the "f" holes. I tried to keep it canted back just a bit as I put some tension on the "A" string and the "G" string. Getting this thing in tune was somewhat of a b****! I guess it could have been worse, the body did not creak or moan or crack and I did not break any strings. These strings must stretch very much! I got "A" and "E" in tune, just a bit high. I got "D" and "G" pretty close but low. I applied rosin to the bow and played scales on "A" and "E" with pretty heavy bow pressure, I figured I would stretch these babies out. After five mins the two strings were way low, I tuned "D" and "G" to just a bit high and tightened the other two strings just a bit. I twisted the pegs back and forth while pushing in on them before trying to tune. While tuning I also put a lot of pressure in on the pegs. I have not had any trouble with them slipping. It took about an hour and a half for the strings to stop stretching and it will now hold tune. To my abused hearing this thing sounds pretty good, I just wish I could remember how to read music! I cannot believe I used to read this stuff! I am looking at symbols and notations and I have no clue what I am looking at! I just wanted to say thank you to Fiddlerman for putting up this site and taking the time to teach...to give to others the joy of music!

 

Thank you Fiddlerman!

 

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June 24, 2011 - 11:04 pm
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Thanks for sharing Dave,

Welcome to the forum. If the blank spot bothers you, KK seems to be good about taking care of their problems. If nothing else they may be able to send you some touch up paint. Check out my fingering game to refresh your memory on reading music ūüôā

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I think I am just going to touch up the edges of the "f" holes with a black magic marker. I know, I know, I know magic marker on violin!!!! The one blank spot on the body, I can't see it when I am playing so it does not exist. I also meant to mention the chromatic tuner, I leave it on when I am playing it helps with my finger placement. I am tone hearing impaired. Not quite tone deaf but I am willing to learn...lol.

 

 

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Welcome back to making music agan with the violin Dave.

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Maybe you could use nail polish to touch up the violin? If you get the nail art kind it comes with a thin precision brush ( or you could use a thin paintbrush).

 

When I got my violin it took a while for the strings to stretch. I'd have to re-tune it every half hour or so for a good month before they stayed in tune for long stretches. XD

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It almost held tune over night, if not for the tuner, I don't think I would have been aware.

 

Nail polish is a brilliant idea, I am sure there is this color blue somewhere out there.

 

Having a blast with my disposable violin shaped object. I think some new strings would go a long way. Getting the sound post moved to where it belongs would not hurt either. All in all I think it sounds fine. Ignorance is bliss, and I am in a blissful state.

 

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: D It's good to hear you're having fun with it! It's a snazzy color. You might wanna talk to KK music before you paint it. They seem to be really good with customer service from what I've read.

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I am very easy going, not easily ruffled. I am quite pleased with my purchase. If I had paid a lot of money for the violin, I would surely return it post haste! I am going to do the nail polish thing! Maybe ad some pinstripes too...lol. How about a flame job?

 

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Pinstripes would be excellent! Post a picture of what you do!

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I was kidding about the pin stripes...lol. I don't have a very steady hand for painting. It would be kinda cool though!

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It would be cool. Depends on what you will be using the fiddle for though. Not so popular in a community orchestra. LOL  clap

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well if you are interested in customizing your violin check out some idea on the pimp my violin posts in the breakroom.

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I've seen some fully decorated violins before. They're really pretty, but I'm sure that all of the decorative paint changes the sound a bit. Pinstripes would be pretty beast though. It's already hot blue, so I think the extra pinstripes might give it a bit of class for an orchestra setting. Pinstripes are totally professional XD

I would totally do this if I didn't think I would massively screw up.

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Pikachu said:

I've seen some fully decorated violins before. They're really pretty, but I'm sure that all of the decorative paint changes the sound a bit. Pinstripes would be pretty beast though. It's already hot blue, so I think the extra pinstripes might give it a bit of class for an orchestra setting. Pinstripes are totally professional XD

I would totally do this if I didn't think I would massively screw up.

Exactly why I fail to start many things, fear of failure or fear of screwing up something to where I cannot fix it without a large expenditure of cash!

 

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looks good

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