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Almost Tone Deaf
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Hi everyone,

   In my quest for my left handed (LH) Violin, I came across many people who said, including music store employees, that there was no such thing, as a LH Violin, or that they just changed the strings around to make it Left handed.

   Sorry, I just can't believe that. Fiddlerman sells the LH Cecilio.

   As some of you know, in my first introduction post, I have trouble with my left hand, and I made an adaptive glove to help me hold the bow. Which BTW seems to be working with much practice on my part.

   My question? What makes a LH Violin, do you reverse the strings, the nut, the bridge and reposition the sound post to the other side. What am I missing? Any and all input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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September 6, 2014 - 10:52 pm
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I guess you already got the answers to this question but I'll answer it for future readers. The sound-post and bass-bar are reversed inside the left hand violin. Also, the peg-holes, string arrangement, nut, bridge and sometimes even the shape of the fingerboard (more concave under the G string side as apposed to the E strings side) are set up in reverse.

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Thanks Fiddlerman,

   I didn't know about the bass-bar, and even the fingerboard being more concave.

   So I didn't have all the answers, and that's why I asked, I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the violin. There are so many knowledgeable people with such a wealth of information on this forum, it's very eye opening for me to be able to learn so much.

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You could look at it this way: a left hand and a right hand are mirror images of one another---same way with left-handed and right-handed violins: they are mirror images of each other.

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theres a left handed version of nearly every string instrument made. So if your music store attendant tells you otherwise, move along, he most likely just upgraded his employment from burger flipper

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RosinedUp,

   Thanks for your explanation, it makes sense to me. 

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Barry,

   Yep that's what I did moved on to another music store. If Fiddlerman shop carries the LH Cecilio, and the LH electric. That's good enough for me. Also Fiddlerman, went into some detail and explained to me about what has to be done to make a true LH violin.

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