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Hello everyone. I am a soldier currently deployed and I find myself with a lot of down time. I played the violin back in my grade school days and thought that i would enjoy picking it back up again (and annoying the other soldiers in the barracks). There is a website called operation happy note that sends instruments out to soldiers but I haven't heard from them in two weeks since I tried to contact them. I have looked at several violins since I decided to play but I cant decided on one to buy that's within my price range of $200-$500. since there are no music shops out here I cant go play test any at a store so i really have little clue what i am looking for. So I am hopeing this community can help point me in the right direction so i can begin bursting ear drums and hopefully improve.
Hello Josh. Welcome to the forum. I remember I had it just like that when I was in the army. It is a great opportunity to improve your playing. I hope you will get a violin one way or the other:) I can't help you to choose violin, but i know that some of the other members here can help you. Good luck! I hope you keep us posted on your progress.
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Thanks, since I made that post I havent stoped looking at violins all day. I'm torn between the August F. Kohr violin K550 and the Fiddlerman Concert Violin with a little more indecsion about going electric. I have to say my favorit is the kohr but I dont think it comes with an outfit and its already a little above my price range ^^; so I guess ill sleep on it and maybe finally make a purcahse tomarrow. I will also need a mute to keep the noise down a little, are the metal ones better than the rubber?
I can't really say anything about the Kohr as i haven't played it but i recently bought an electric and so far i love it, it's nice and quiet but can be loud if i plug it in. However, i've heard nothing but great things about the concert violin and i'm sure a few members have one and can probably offer you more info about it. I think if i'd had the extra cash i would have gone with the FM concert.
Hi, Josh! Welcome to the forum!
I currently play on AK K550. I'm happy with this instrument!
Heard lots of great reviews about Concert Master violins either, but didn't play it. Anyway i think You can't go wrong, choosing between those two - whatever You decide will be awesome!
About mutes: a metal mute will suppress the sound more than a rubber one. At the other hand, rubber mute allows You to hear more amd work more on dynamics. So i usually use the metal mute only when i learn fingerings and when i HAVE to be REALLY quiet =)
Here's the review by Fiddlerman
I really kinda have to be quiet, the walls are paper thin here practically, 14 people living in a double wide trailer lol. I love how the khor looks and sounds but once again, I don't know if i get the awesome FM bow with it along with the case XD and having to be quiet is why I like the electric type, but I have no idea what I need for a decent setup for a electric while playing for someone other than myself. the type of music id like to play is wide (highly influenced from what I've seen of lindsey stirling, i know alot of people say that) but also country, like "wagon wheel" by old crow medicine show. I would like to have everything of course but i cant make up my mind for a beginner. The video helps alot, I would go with the metal mute now that I can hear the difference.
I have come to a decsion. I will get the CEVN-3, based mostly on the fact that it is very dry here and will soon be extreamly hot x.x So I am hopeing that being a soild body violin that the weather will effect it less and no one will try to use it to kill me when I play constantly for hours on end. Now with that major decsion out of the way, now I sit in bordom waiting for it to get here lol
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