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Hi everyone, i joined the forum a few (maybe 6ish) months back and had 2 lovely months with a rented violin; sadly due to time constraints and money i had to return the instrument to the store. Now i can almost see summer months with no school work to do in sight and i'm itching to get another violin. This is mostly fueled by watching videos of Charlie Siem and an online music store i frequent sending me a 20% off coupon by email.
I'm on the hunt for a new violin, if i bought a new one from an online store, would i have to assemble string it myself? There is the store near me i could go to but last time i was there even their used section seemed kind of pricey.
Vicki, welcome back!!!!
As for your struggles with the violin, just keep on when you can. The online purchase can be tricky as you really have no idea what condition it is in, how playable it is, and what other problems you may encounter with it - including shipping, returns, set-up etc. My recommendation is to talk to Fiddlerman himself. He has some really good quality lower end instruments. He sets them up himself and if you ask around here, his service is top notch. Many of us have made purchases from the fiddlershop and couldn't be happier with the entire process.
Call the shop directly or even drop and email.
"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader
Almost every violin you buy online would come complete with strings. Almost all of them also come as an outfit--violin, case and bow, sometimes cheap rosin. The exceptions are generally called "white violins", or "violins in the white"--unfinished violins that have no varnish on them; they also have no fittings (strings, tuning pegs, chin rest). You would normally never buy one of those and would probably not even notice they were available. It might help if you gave us an estimate of how much you are hoping to spend for a violin (outfit). You generally get what you pay for. Have you browsed the Fiddlershop.com too? All the violins there are chosen for playability; have a good setup. Many other online stores do nothing except import the instrument and sell it to you without checking to see if the violin is setup properly. Having a real shop you can visit locally can be a good thing too--you can try the violin, ask questions, like did they do anything to check it, set it up properly, etc. Just remember you'll need a bow and rosin, and a case to store it/carry it, if you buy just a violin, or forget to read the fine print on an online ad where you thought you were getting an outfit but just the violin was being sold.
I had a quick glance at the fiddlerman shop yesterday and will look at it/watch the reviews over the weekend.
Luckily i still have a violin, case, bow and shoulder rest at my house, the only problem is the violin is beyond playable (and would cost more to repair than it's worth), it's now more art than instrument. I could hang it up and use the rest for a new violin I would like to get a package with a new case and such though, i'd like one of those lightweight cases.
Being a poor grad student with a mortgage and a horse to pay for i have a limited budget, i'd estimate around $200. I'll just keep on looking, i might find a great deal somewhere.
I think i've decided to go with an electric, the cecilio from fiddlershop. I've always wanted an electric violin and the price can't really be beat; i also think me not being a complete beginner will help with any differences i might encounter and in the future when i have a bit more money i can buy a really nice mid range acoustic i can be happy with.
I emailed the store with a few questions and once i hear back then i'll go ahead with my purchase.