Hello, and greetings from southeast Michigan, I'm new to the violin but have been involved in music since the age of 7 with my first recorder flute, from there I took up the trumpet for a year or two. On to the piano at 10 and then guitar around 15. I moved away from playing for a long time and just happened to find a rather sad-looking violin in a goodwill shop for 5 bucks and here I am. It's an Anton Breton AB-10, manufactured in 1995, I replaced the ebonized hardwood with some real ebony and shined it up, a bow new strings, and its a fiddle
Welcome @deerfiddle - we have a HUGE range of interests here - from the playing, setup, be it classical or traditional fiddle, DIY work on your instrument and so on - the topics are endless.... Never hesitate to ask a question on this forum, you'll almost ALWAYS find an answer/response from someone !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Another Michigander Fiddler -
Your ears are already trained to hear music and
I think that's half the battle when learning this instrument.
I've just hit my 2½ year mark with my 5 string violin and
residing near Selfridge ANGB - if you're ever in the neighborhood
(just kinda busy right now, getting ready for Christmas & Grandkids). (lol)
Hope you enjoy it here - this forum has helped me tremendously!
happy holidays and thanks for the greetings, @BillyG yes there is a whole lot here to discover, and this instrument already has me hooked and I can't put it down. @Mouse, thank you for approving me to the forum, and the warm welcome. @ELCBK, I have a lot of fishing buddies in your neck of the woods. @Mark, yes totally different from any instrument I've played yet. And @Fiddlerman, nope, I haven't done the fingerboard yet. I'm building a fixture to hold the neck but before I attempt and I have a crummy fiddle to practice on first, I did have to get a special reamer to install the pegs and the tail pin. I do believe I'm in the right place to reintroduce myself to reading sheet music figure this critter out and meet some great people along the way, 2022 is gonna be GREAT!