So, after thinking aloud about it earlier in this thread, I finally did decide to name my viola earlier this year. It's now The Firebird.
It's a 15.75" viola made by Henry Krug of Phoenix, Arizona in 1979, one of only three violas he produced in his entire career -- most makers either specialize in violas or make extremely few violas, and Krug appears to have been one of the latter category. The name has a quadruple meaning, referring to the place the viola was made, this viola's role in my recovery after my life seemed to have completely fallen apart, the viola's quick response and intensely focused sound that lend themselves to more "fiery" music, and finally, one of my favorite orchestral pieces.
Still nothing other than calling my old German fiddle Gramps has stuck. It's weird, but playing my Ming never feels like *my* fiddle, so I guess that's why I never named it. I've never stopped babying it, so maybe that is why. Gramps is the one that goes places with me... music festivals, playing in the park or on the porch, while the Ming sits like a little prince in its case, haha. It's gone on hikes in the woods with me before and after my fiddle lessons, but never taken out and played in those places because I know I couldn't replace it if I broke it. But it seems like it needs a better name than just "Ming" haha.
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I've never been one to name a vehicle as so many do, but I did name my fiddles. The first one I got from my dad, so I named that one "Gibby" after my dad. The one I use now I call Sunny, and my electric one that I very rarely ever pick up, is called "Desi"....I now have a Viola and not sure what to name her yet. It will come to me. I have an idea. I wrote about this over a year ago on my blog, and never got around to sharing it, here it is if anyone cares to check it out:
Ah, interesting question. I name pretty much everything that comes my way, and that includes my instruments.
I have had 2 ukuleles, my first was named Sunny because it was decorated with a sunset over a tropical island. My second, Woody, is, yep, you guessed it.... Wooden!
My new Gliga II violin is named Tigre (Italian for tiger). When you turn it over, the wood pattern on the back looks like the strips on a tiger.
I'm sure other violinists have noticed, but I feel the more I play one of my instruments, the more it kinda feels almost human... Hence the names.