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42 year old newbie (with a cheap violin)
I'm an idiot!
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October 15, 2012 - 10:34 pm
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Hey all - interesting story how I ended up at

I have a 12 year old daughter who has expressed a desire for many years to learn how to play violin. Living in a rural area, we'd have to drive at least 45 minutes to get her to lessons, on top of all her other activities.

However, we've recently had an accomplished musician begin working at our local school. And to our surprise, she offered free violin or viola lessons to any child who wanted them during lunch breaks. Well sign us up!

So in researching violins, I heard much of the "if it's not $500 then it's a vso" comments. I also spent a stupid amount of time prowling music stores, looking at violins from $300-$1000. As a guitar player (albeit a poor one) I could not believe what stores wanted versus what the customer got. Really, I wasn't impressed with the quality of many of the instruments I looked at.

Then I find Fiddlerman on YouTube, playing a $100 Cecilio violin (painted, no less!) and making it sound, well, good.

So after viewing even more videos, we now have a Mendini MV650 coming for my daughter (it's all about the wood), plus some synthetic core strings, and some proper rosin.

And at the age of 42, I decided that I should learn violin, and ordered (with the little cash I had left - wow, who marks up this stuff?) my own budget violin (won't share the brand and price....yet) because I've always wanted to learn.

So here I am, and I'm looking forward to get to meet others in the community here.

And although I like heavy metal, and power metal, I believe J.S. Bach channels the voice of God in the music he wrote.

King for a Day, Peasant for many

October 15, 2012 - 10:44 pm
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Welcome my fellow fiddler!

You're gonna love it here, so much to learn and so much to do and so many helpful people just like you.

Some have started this long journey as a pre-teenager and some have started way late. Like old geezers like me (57) and even older.

We all share a passion to learn and nothing is going to stop us...

Feel free to post your learning vids, pictures of your violins and other cool things.

We're a global family here and you'll soon see you have bnew friends from all around the world.cheers

Can't wait to see vids of you and your kid playing together.. from the beginning! What priceless videos they will be for your future.


"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
October 15, 2012 - 11:07 pm
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Welcome  from Brazil!hats_off

I'm sure you'l like here!

"The first and best victory is to conquer self."

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October 15, 2012 - 11:20 pm
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welcome to the forums!!! don't worry, you will be a great violinist in no time!! thanks for joinin', you'll see a lot of helpful and friendly members here :) can never define cheap violins until you see mine :P

cheers! - ⁰ℨ

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October 15, 2012 - 11:43 pm
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Welcome to the forum! Even if it is a cheapo violin, it's YOUR violin, and I am sure you'll be making it sing in no time. And do keep record of your playing! I started maybe 3 months ago and forgot to make my own beginner videos and truly regret it haha.


October 16, 2012 - 4:36 am
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Heya, ScooterMcTavish.


I started on violin back in March of this year just a bit after my 51st b-day.  I have had 3 violins so far, all of them "cheapos", and where I am sure some people would call all of them VSO.  Well, except for my electric, which is more of an NVSO, since it isn't particularly violin shaped at all.  I have had great fun with learning to play on all of them. 

Whatever you got, it probably isn't cheaper than the Mendini MV300 my family bought me for about 60$.  At least after putting a bit of work into it, I really liked it and put plenty of hours in playing it. 

Maybe in years gone by, the "VSO gap" was more real.  Maybe price was a reliable indicator of how good a violin could sound.  But there are some extremely nice sounding instruments I have heard here that people paid 100 or less for.  I'll also bet it is possible to pay $1,000+ and get something that is crap.

A lot of the attitude about inexpensive violins is IMO just people that can only feel good about themselves if they can run somebody else down.  I could say a lot about what I think such people should do, but this is a family-friendly sort of forum, and it'd take some words that aren't appropriate around children, y'know?  LOL

Dive in and have a good time here.  I don't recall anyone here laughing at any of my violins, at least not to my face.  The folks here ain't that sort of people.  Be proud of whatever you've got, let yourself fall in love with the sound, and just PLAY.. That's where it is at.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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October 16, 2012 - 8:28 pm
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Welcome to the forum Scooter and thanks for sharing your story.
Hope your daughter will like the Mendini.

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

Kent, Washington USA
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October 16, 2012 - 9:58 pm
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Welcome, Scooter!

You definitely will learn a lot from this place and feel like in a big family with other members, just like I do.

No, you're not that old with a cheap violin (at least it's playable). How about a newbie, 52 with $75.00 violin that needs major repair to be in playable condition.

You will be cruising in no time with your determination to learn.

Best wishes,



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October 18, 2012 - 4:29 pm
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AdverseD said
Welcome to the forum! Even if it is a cheapo violin, it's YOUR violin, and I am sure you'll be making it sing in no time. And do keep record of your playing! I started maybe 3 months ago and forgot to make my own beginner videos and truly regret it haha.

Wow, just three months and you play The Sailor's Hornpipe rather well.  I have not been pushing myself hard enough.

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October 18, 2012 - 8:06 pm
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I could probably do Sailor's hornpipe better if I practiced it or looked at some sheet music. I must apologize and confess I sort of did it on the fly in one take. I truly do better at sheet music since I have trained myself to sightread like a champion (On trombone that is! But I can read treble clef anyway haha! It's just a matter of working on the violin specific skills.)

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October 19, 2012 - 5:33 am
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Nice story, Scott! =)

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