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New Violin (To me at least)
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Taper123
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Every instrument has a story.

I'm going to be picking up another violin soon.  Not sure what condition it will be in, but it's something I cannot pass up.

I started with a Cecilio electric a couple of months ago, since they are cheap.. to see if I'd even like playing a violin.  After a month I wanted an acoustic, and bought a FM Concert violin.  Slowly learning and enjoying it.

But my next violin has a little more history to it.   My dad's, dad's, dad (or my father's grandfather) used to love playing fiddle music in his barn.  It's been stored in various closets and trunks for many decades, since no one in the family until me has taken up the violin.   I'm going to drive out for a visit and pick it up sometime soon.   I'm sure it will need a few things to make it play, but if nothing else, it's guaranteed to have tons of sentimental value.

And that will be the story of how I ended up with three violins.

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Hope it turns out to be a Diamond in the rough. 🙂

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

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Congrats, cherish it.

violin-1267

 

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Oh how exciting.   I can't wait for your follow up thoughts.. truly exciting. 

I like the story of how you got to have three violins.   

I am down to four now.  I think that is the plan until I am worthy of some "bench" wonder violin some day. 

Congrats... don't forget to share. 

Cheers.

Toni

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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I'll post pics of it soon.   Started out as a complete violin.  Then I got my paws on it....  I know there's a section on here for restoration and similar projects. 

It had all four strings on it, with the bridge near the top of the f holes and tailpiece held on with pieces of wire.  Tailpiece is inlaid with mother of pearl flowers.  Bow had Germany stamped at the bottom tip by the frog and was a nice dark wood.

Top plate had one crack in it, and neck looked a little off, and some of the seems along the top were starting to come apart...  

Found a 2 and a 7 with some dots on one side, and pencil markings of 12/12 under the fingerboard.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8777/18102163021_2f3567fc24_z.jpgImage EnlargerIMG_20150524_164550 by cluck2007, on Flickr

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taper123,

congratulations! You are lucky to inherit something like that! I love things with history, especially something passing down from the family!

 

coolpinkone said 
 
I am down to four now.  I think that is the plan until I am worthy of some "bench" wonder violin some day. 

Ha, I am DOWN to 8 playable ones, including my daughter's: one 4/4,  one 7/8, one 3/4, two 1/2 (may give one back to my teacher), one 1/4, one 1/10, one 1/32, but not including one 4/4 that I gave my niece AND three kits and a set of wood:) My goal is to get one of each size:) Sometimes it makes practice fun when I switch from violin to violin (my daughter made a comment once: That's not fair! You could practice on so many different violin and I don't! -- Now she sometimes does too since she is using 3/4 and we have two 1/2 size laying around).

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@Tapers123 How very exciting!!  

Please keep us up to date as you get him/her in shape.  Have you a name him/her?

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Never thought of giving my instruments names...   but have started a thread on bringing it back to life. 

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/fi.....oh/#p72024

Researching on hide glue, how necks are attached, and other related items.  Will see how much of this I want to do myself.  I figure it can't be any more difficult than replacing the heater core on a Ford F150 by yourself 🙂   

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@pky... I have been weird about my violins.. since I got my FM Soloist.. it is hard to play anything else.... I never play the pink violin.....  I play my electric now once a week or so.  

But I am super cool to have the Concert violin tuned to the DDAD tuning... I haven't been practicing my tune on that.. but at least I have it set that way since I have a "goal" song in mind. 

Congrats on your violin Taper!!!  Very very cool.

My violins...

Violetta, Pinky, Noelle, Rosie.

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coolpinkone said
@pky... I have been weird about my violins.. since I got my FM Soloist.. it is hard to play anything else.... I never play the pink violin.....  I play my electric now once a week or so.  

But I am super cool to have the Concert violin tuned to the DDAD tuning... I haven't been practicing my tune on that.. but at least I have it set that way since I have a "goal" song in mind. 

Congrats on your violin Taper!!!  Very very cool.

My violins...

Violetta, Pinky, Noelle, Rosie.

Sorry taper123, this is off your topic.

Toni, one thought about your pinky, have you thought of transform it into an acoustic electric violin? It does not seem hard, I think you just need to drill a hole and cut a rectangle hole (may be even just another round hole) and get the electrical parts and install them) and get an amplifier .... I have been thinking about getting a colored violin to do that:)) Although I don't know when and where I could use an electrical violin with an amp (I thought about annual party at my work but they stop doing that now:( )

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