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As most of you know, I haven't been playing very long. I have been using and loving my FM Concert violin, but found myself getting distracted by the tone of my teacher's violin. Hers had such a pleasant warm ring to it when she'd his the right note, that I found myself coveting after just a couple of lessons.
So after some thought... thoughts like... should I really be spending more money on another violin so soon after just buying one? I maybe foolishly thought, very quickly, yes I should, lol. So began more research, and listening to endless videos from fiddlershop. Whatever I bought next had to be my last, so I wanted to get it right.
With the help of our Fiddlerman Pierre, I settled on my Ming 905.
I wasn't sure what to expect when it arrived and I came home from work to tune it... I knew it would sound different, but wasn't sure how much so. But the first little draw of the bow while tuning it I heard the difference. The warm, rich tone, the violin was not as heavy, I could even feel the vibration of the notes in my shoulder. It felt quiet after being used to my rather loud... I think of it as boisterous lol... and bright Concert violin, but I knew that was part of it just being brand new.
I've loved getting to know this violin the past couple weeks. Hearing the perfect little ring when I hit the right note, and just the overall pleasant feel of this instrument. When I play along with my teacher, I feel my Ming matches, if not surpasses the sound of her very lovely fiddle (her fiddle really is unique, one of a kind built by a local guitar maker who wanted to try his hand making a violin). Just over this weekend it feels like it found a new part of its voice and got a little louder.
And even though it's just cosmetic, I love the color of the finish on it. It really is a pretty little violin.
Being so new to the violin, I know I'm not doing this beautiful instrument justice yet when I play, and I know I can't properly describe or compare its quality and tone. But I know I love it, and it is my perfect violin.
I still play my Concert violin, I like to hear the sounds of both violins while I practice. It's interesting hearing the different tones.
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of my little Ming. Don't worry, it's just on a vinyl photo backdrop, with a soft rug under it. There was no risk of it being hurt on a hard surface in these pictures lol, 🙂
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