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Violin Upgrade? For A Young Player, An Experiment
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Irv
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A fellow carver at a local community senior center is a twelve year old male (home schooled) that has played violin for six years.  He currently is renting a 3/4 size violin (brand currently unknown to me).  He needs to play a 4/4 sized violin due to his increasing size.  I have offered him a pick of one of my purchases upon his approval without fee.  

Initial group consists of two violins which he is to play for a week.  A notebook is being kept to record daily reactions.  A rejected instrument will be swapped for another until the group of possibles is exhausted (sample group of 12).  

The experiment started on March 4, 2020.  He is currently trying a Glasser carbon fibre violin (metal core strings, cecilio cloth case, stock perfection pegs) and a Cecilio CVN 600 violin circa 2010 (fiddlerman perlon strings, cecilio vinyl case, upgraded perfection pegs, and 2 fiddlerman carbon fibre bows).

I will record his reactions and updated selections on a weekly (as schedules permit) basis.  I hope that he is not unduly influenced by appearance or this could get ugly.  We will see.

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed. —William Gibson

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Irv

Sounds cool, I for one appreciate your helping hand.

 

Mark

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Awe that's so nice of you Irv...I wonder which he will like best, would be interesting to see if maybe it will match your favs.

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@Irv -

What ever happened with this experiment?  

...I cringe at the thought of metal core strings on the Glasser! 😖

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July 31, 2021 - 9:21 am
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Good question, ELCBK. 

What gives, Irv? 🙄

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That was one of my more ignorable experiments.  A few months later, the boy’s father dumped the violins on my step in the middle of the night.  They kept a violin case.  Nothing else to report.

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed. —William Gibson

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@Irv -

Sorry to hear that - not very nice of them. 

Guess people will always bring unpredictable factors into an experiment. 😒

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Aw, sorry to hear that, Irv.

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