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My name is Marina and I'm from Israel (initially from Russia). My compliments for such a nice website and from what I read so far, the people here are so great that I really want to become a part of your group.
A little bit about me: I was playing violing for 12 years since I was 5 years old. I was going to be a proffesional violinist. Then for personal reasons (I will not bore you with it) I have decided to quite and for ten (!) years I didn't touch the violin!!! I got married, 2 children were born and I work as a logisicts coordinator these days. Recently I have realized I missed the violin so much that I want to start playing again. This is such a pleasure, so much fun! No pressure, no exhasting practicing, just enjoy it!
That's the short story. Thank you for reading!
Welcome to Fiddlerman's forum and chatbox, Marina.
I too gave up violin only mine was for 58 year after playing when I was a child for 7 years. I myself have just recently gotten back into playing again. About 4 month's now.
I know you will like it here, everyone tries to be so helpfull, it's like a large family.
Welcome Marina! I couldn't find your vid anywhere,,,, but everyone above is much smarter than me, so it's no surprise, lol.
Your experience and insight will be very welcomed here; a lot of us have been playing (recently) for less than a year. Hope you feel free to give us help and ask for help.
I also would enjoy hearing your answers to FM's questions; would be very interesting to hear.
Thank you all so much for welcoming me and for the warm words about my playing.
To Fiddlerman: about two years ago me and my family moved to the kibbutz - a very small community (several hundreds). There was a woman there who knew me since I was a child (of course, she knew about the violin) and she asked me to play on the ceremony for the Memorial day. I was going to refuse at first, but then I thought: here is my change to get back playing again. At that point I didn't know If I even remembered how to play. But I did! It was so much fun! Since then I try to play every time I have a chance. Not enough time, unfortunately, but I'm trying. BTW, below is my video from this ceremony.
My violin is very old, I have it since I remember myself. It is not so good, I really want to replace it. Actually I'm thinking about purchasing Cecillio electric violin, that is how I found this website - through your video about this violin. It sounds pretty cool.
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Welcome Marina, it's a pleasure hearing you play, the violin sounds very good outside! If you say your violin is bad I believe you, but for me it sounds great! A first instrument to cherish even if you replace it, probably lots of memories linked to it!
"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov
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OMG, so many compliments! I' blushing! Thank you so much. Though I think I still have a lot of work to do and I'm counting on you, guys!
Thanks for the post Marina,
As you can see, we are all very happy to have you here.
I would suggest that you find a luthier in your area with a great reputation and have a look at the instruments that he or she has in the shop. Test out as many instruments as possible.
Possibly you can improve your violin greatly with some small fixes as well. I noticed that it is a little metallic sounding, what kind of strings are on it right now? Strings don't make a violin great but bad strings can make a violin sound so much worse than it actually is.
Have you had the sound-post checked, re-made or adjusted lately. An old violin needs a new post as the wood will lift on the top over a period of time. After buying my first new violin I had to have the post changed after 1.5 years then again after 5 then again after about 5 more, and ever time there was a great improvement afterwards. The bridge should probably be of a very hard wood and thinned out, not too thick.
As far as the electric violins are concerned, they are great if you are technically inclined, can afford some cool effect pedals or a multi effect box, and take the time to experiment to find the best sound. The violin by itself sounds a lot like a sewing machine without any chorus and reverb, in my opinion.
Well, I live in the Periphery, the shops here can't offer much variety of instruments. I did meet a violin master and he said he can fix my violin. I use Thomastic strings, my whole life I knew these are the best. Here I heard about zyex and I'm thinking about trying it.
Regarding electric violins: are you talking about this specific cecillio violin or in general? I wasn't thinking about replacing my violin with the electric one, I just thought it can be a nice addition. I wasn't going to spend too much on the electric violin, do you think Cecillio can do the work for me?
Welcome Marina! Thanks for sharing the video. You play very well! I hope to play as well as you someday. I've only been playing for two and a half months, so I'm still scratching and bouncing my way through songs, and I definitely can't do vibrato yet. It was a pleasure to hear you play.
BTW, I traveled to Israel many years ago and enjoyed it very much. The country is not only beautiful, it's so rich in cultural and religious heritage that links so many people across the globe.
I look forward to reading your posts and seeing more videos from you!
Yes, our country is very special and beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have you been near the sea of Galilee? I live nearby. It is a beautiful place.
I have been in US twice last year (RI) because of my work and I liked it a lot. Especially the shopping so cheap comparing to our prices...