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My name is Dale & although I've played (or 'attempted to play' might be a better description lol) several instruments in my youth, I'm a complete newbie where the violin is concerned. I've been around music much of my life, always wanted to try my hand at it but never had access to a violin. So in January I decided it was time. I bought, & received on January 14th of this year, a brand new one for $27+$8 shipping= $35 total (yes you read that right... $35 for a NEW violin, bow, case & rosin.) I definitely got what I paid for... it fell apart, neck from the body, after 3 weeks lol. But not until after I realized I was in love with the violin. So I researched them intensively day & night both online and in physical shops. Soon I found the Fiddlerman/Fiddlershop, saw here was a place where 'all things good about the violin' converged and BOOM!. With Mike's help, bought a Master. It was the beginning of a new romance (not with Mike, with the Master :/ ).
Needless to say, it is absolutely beautiful & now, with your folks help, I am hopeful I'll one day develop the skill to warrant owning this instrument. So please, expect to field a host of newbie questions & bear with me through my frustrations. I'll thank you now in advance.
Great to meet you all!
"I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin."
Welcome to the forum, Dale!
The Fiddlerman instruments are great Someday I hope to own one of the Holstein brand fiddles, as well (my dream is a bench-made one, but my wallet laughs at me, so that won't ever happen, lol).
But welcome to the forum, we love answering questions and helping each other out
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