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I am new to Violin and really to music making as well, I am a woodworker and have assembled 3 dulcimer kits and about ready to build one from scratch....I have watched a lot of videos about the rich history of violins and have become fascinated by all the details that make them sound good...my primary reason for joining the forum is to learn to scratch out some simple tunes AND learn about violin construction...I am not wanting to build a violin but my primary focus is china made violins mostly in the sub $220 category.....I have kind of narrowed down to Mendini mv500 or mv650....I am not stuck on this model but am drawn to the vintage style finish and decent sound...I want to find one with nice wood and start to tinker with it to try to get the most I can from it by changing strings and tuning sound post, bridge, perhaps remove all fine tuners except E string and other mods...I will try to avoid mods that can not be reversed If I do not like the results. I know the mods could easily exceed the value of the instrument, but for me the fun is in the tinkering and hopefully I will learn to play a bit along the way!
Hello from Liverpool, welcome. If you are wanting to learn, I would suggest the books I started with by Samuel applebaum, they are the string builder series and are very good, from the basics, including reading music up to playing in fifth position, they are extremely good. Violin is teaching your ears to recognise the notes which is a slow process but very worthwhile, my advice for what it’s worth as I only have been playing a year and a half myself, is don’t use tapes on the fingerboard to show you were to place your fingers. Happy learning , once started it becomes obsessive😱
by the way stentor make very decent starter instruments for sub 200 quid, and you can buy them second hand for about 50 American dollars, they use fairly good wood for the price
Hi Hunterdude! Welcome to the forum!
I'm in a Northern suburb of the Detroit Area - in what area of Michigan are you at?
I can understand your interest as a woodworker and I'm sure as you learn to play the violin you'll start to appreciate all of it's potential.
Good luck on your journey!
Hunterdude - you'd be surprised how small this World is!
I have a great friend (from early school) that moved to a lake near Grand Rapids, from Livonia, just a few years ago. She played the violin when younger & her daughter plays, but moved out after college. Have another good artist friend now living near Big Rapids (unfortunately, she doesn't play... yet). My Grandparents always lived west of Lansing. I was married on a Beach north of Manistee (many years ago - while I was still in the Air Force) and my folks lived near Torch Lake for years (before they passed).
I've only been to one Fiddle Festival (years ago, while my Folks were still alive) up further north in East Jordan. I haven't been healthy enough to really search out any Fiddling activity near where I've made (what I think is) my final home - have you found anything near you?
You live an an exceptionally beautiful area! Should be amazing to play the violin/fiddle out in the woods - hope you can get started, soon.