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Hello from a new adult learner
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December 14, 2013 - 12:55 am
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Hi! I'm Kat, 36 years old and just starting to learn.


Playing the violin has been something I wanted for years, but between one thing and another, it didn't work out.


Well, recently my husband saw a used violin in a junk shop. It turned out it really was junk, he took me over to look at it, and it wasn't good. However, that encounter renewed my interest. I started looking up info on how to tell if a violin is in need of repair, and telltale signs it's probably not quality.


I found one on craigslist that was interesting. The seller said it was a "Knitting" violin, which made me laugh as knitting is another of my hobbies! I figured he must have misread the "Knilling" label, and asked to meet up to see the violin.


It is a Knilling violin, Bucharest model made in Romania. These typically sell (new) for about five times as much as I would be able to afford. There are a few cosmetic scratches, but overall, it's a real pretty little thing. I tried out playing a few notes, sure it was a bit scratchy due to, ahem, user error. But when I got a good note out, it was clear as anything.

When I told my husband what this violin sells for brand new, he figured it was a decent investment. If I don't keep playing (fat chance, I've wanted this for far too long) we can sell it for at least as much as we paid for it.

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December 15, 2013 - 7:32 am
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Congratulations KittyKat77,

Great story and I'm glad you found a fiddle that you feel good about. The feeling of knowing that you didn't throw your money away is a great one and knowing that you can trade up without loosing money is also great.
Usually the only way we can do this is by buying a used violin. :-)
Look forward to getting updates on your progress.
Welcome to the forum.

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

Russia, Tatarstan rep. Kazan city

December 16, 2013 - 3:37 pm
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Hi, Kat! Welcome to the forum!

I hope You'll like to play that violin and won't give up on learning!!!


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December 16, 2013 - 8:28 pm
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Thank you!


I practiced a bit yesterday and today.

Sure, most of it sounded pretty awful, but when I hit a note right that violin rewarded me with the sweetest sound. She's just so sweet! Hearing those good clear notes, I just want to keep practicing more and more, so that happens every time not just once in a while.


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