So how does a rank beginner ever have the opportunity to try a Guarneri when they have no asperations to do anything more than have fun with freinds at a Sunday jam? I would love to be able to try better instruments and I do want (very much so) to improve my skill but at 42 I am in this for fun, not profession. My violin is a Shen, a step up from their student models. It's a nice little insturment.
On the G-string, it is a lack of power, that I notice. (It starts requiring pressure to get out strong sound.) ALso, for osme reason, it is not possible to play the first 1 cm close to bridge on the G-string and the A-string. I have tried doing it, but it simply has no sound at all, despite all different angles, speeds, pressure I have tried.
On the E-string, it meeked all the time I took a lose string, and many tones sound simply bad, starting from F in fifth position. It got much much better, after that the luthier took a look at it...but still...I have E-string-o-phobia
Maybe! I just need to get a bit of money first
The luthier improved the violin a lot. he did what you suggested, i think, and it really helped. still, i dont like the sounds i produce when playing on the E-string
What about marrying Stephen Hawking? It could surely speed up the process of getting a violin LOL
I have had my violin for more years than I care to admit. My parents bought t for me in middle school when my instructor laid it on the line that my 3/4 size rental was going to seriously hold me back. At that time we had an incredible Luthier in town. He'd been in the business forever and showed us two instruments. The first was shiny, new and gorgeous with a lovely case. The second was used and looked like the ugly stepsister of the first. It had a crack that he had repaired, and my only clue to its origin was the word GERMANY stamped inside. Being a teenager I was less than impressed.
So why do I still have it? It has a lovely tone and has no qualms about projecting. My various instructors have praised it over pettier, pricier, better pedigreed instruments. Someday I do wish to purchase a second violin, but I have no plans to get rid of the one I have. After all these years it's like a part of me.
It has been the present writer's experience that self education is the most important thing when searching for a good instrument.
Newer violins are fairly well standardized and excepting those produced in certain factory environments throughout the world one can expect to get a well made, decent sounding instrument for a reasonable amount of money.
Antique violins can possess tone qualities of high merit, but condition issues often disguise those qualities. Whether made in a 'factory' or by a 'school trained' luthier, each instrument bears the impress of the source.
Research and study of a general nature helps considerably, but investigating the historical background of the early makers (from any national school) but especially that of Cremona, in Italy, will enable the seeker of 'lost treasure' to more easily find one.
If any serious player (or collector) is dis-satisified with their instrument and seemingly have no 'hope' of finding one of truly good quality please contact me. I can help.
First, I am so glad I found you online fiddlerman! I'm 47yo and still have the groupies. My main instrument is guitar which I play in studios and tours. I've always been a multi-instrument player. I play quit a bit of alto sax and stumbled across a Cecilio alto sax and love it. Plays just as good (almost as my International Woodwind). As a guitar player, I play them all but I'm really stuck on good Gibson Les Pauls and SGs. Taylors for acoustic.
I was so impressed with my Cecilio sax and thought I had to try their violin brand for $99 bucks. What a deal! My grandfather played violin in jazz bands and what not during the depression many moons ago and I got all of his violins. 2 of them could sell for about $45,000 each. I don't touch those. I saw your video on KKmusicstore site with the Cecilio black metallic violin. Mine was delivered today and after about 9 hours of playing it, I am really impressed! I'm looking forward to learning the violin more and more and think this Cecilio violin will not hold me back.
Sounds great! I'll let you know how things go and will for sure ask some questions about the violin. Tomorrow I am heading up to LA to do some guitar recording and should of been playing my guitar today but instead I was playing my violin all day and will play more tonight. I'm really hooked. love it! I'm going to buy the Cecelio solid body electric now too. I have every effect you could think of and can't wait to try the electric violin on my Deluxe Memory Man. I'm hearing Edgar Winters' Frankenstein transposed to violin in my head right now.
I'll post some links to my guitar work here soon and violin work too.
The violin I am borrowing right now is very old, a friend picked it up at some flea market. She invested in getting it fixed, so it's not horrible, but it definitely is not the most easiest violin to play. The sound is warm, but i have to work hard at getting a sweet/good sound to come out of it. This may be good in the long run because it forces me to work hard at creating a good sound. When I was learning guitar at 11 years old (I taught myself) I was using a guitar with very high action making it extremely difficult to push down with my fingers and play chords. I had to work very hard ( and painful fingers!) but when I played other guitars in comparison there were very easy!!!! So the challenge is perhaps a blessing in disguise. I am happy to be using my friends violin and know