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When will you be receiving the violins? I'm looking forward to seeing your review on the CVN-200 violin. I ended up purchasing this violin myself. I think I've got something nice; it's sounds decent and it's loud! My neighbor commented on the new music (or attempt) coming from my house, LOL. It looks pretty and feels very sturdy. The only problem I've really come across is one of the pegs came loose and the whole string went loose. Then again, I can't be much of a judge as I am very new! I want to see what you've got to say about my new baby's twin, haha.:)
Maybe the pegs need to be pushed in more to help the strings stay tight? There is also this peg gunk I saw at my local music store that supposedly keeps the pegs from getting loose (or maybe it was to keep them from getting stuck...)
You could always have a internet duet with whoever won! Get some easy sheet music and use the skype! You can do it with a voice call, or use video chat thing if you have a web camera.
Thanks Pikachu and Fiddlerman. Pushing the pegs in helped a bit. However, the peg that should tighten the A-string.... well, it doesn't. You can turn the peg over and over and over and it just spins. The string is on it, but it just doesn't tighten the string. I have the fine tuner tightened as much as it can be, but it still needs to be a bit tighter. Is this something I can fix? It sounds a bit off.
On the bright side, I've pretty much perfected "Twinkle, Twinkle":) Your videos are SO helpful, Fiddlerman. My friend took violin lessons for over a month before she gave up. I introduced her to your videos and, apparently, she's learned more from you than her instructor - after less than a week! I have to say, that's pretty impressive.
While testing all the violins that you are sent would it make any sence for you to also look at the violins from the view point of the beginner? I do not know if there would be any diffence in them as I am just starting myself. I have seen and heard a vast differrence in the tone quality from a violin from simply changing strings. So could you look at not only the quality of the violin but also the quality of the strings that come with them? Look at each from the view point of both the experienced player and the novice. And give your reviews from both sides? I am sure ther would be a few considerations a new player would need to know that the experienced players take for granted. Also look at the quallity of the bows as I said I am new so I do not know if that sounds stupid or not. Do all the violins come in differrent sizes to accomodate adult to children? There are alot of questions I have about violins but I will not list them all here I just thought it may be a perspective you havent explored. Keep up the awsome job and thank you for this site.
I apologize for how new to music this will sound and yes I must expose my inner geek. When you asked what violin you think we would like for you to test I do have one but I have no idea what it is. I apologize if tgis is in the wrong forum and also if the violin is not made by the ones that are having you test theirs. I do hope the have one similar. If you have ever seen the movie STARSHIP TROOPERS about halfway through the movie there is a scene in which one of the actors plays an electric violin ( i think the song was When the Saint Go Marching In if that helps) the violin was a very (in my mind) unique design and was a vibrant yellowish green color with good sound ( i know it was movie magic on the sound quality) but could you see if they have anything along that design model?
How about those pink violins i mentioned? LOL
But seriously, kid size violins