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How many backup violins?
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@Gordon Shumway Ah, these polls are just for fun and an interesting to read people’s thoughts with. I wouldn’t be too picky abkut the questions; points missed, points worded oddly (my polls), etc. They are just interesting to read people’s opinions with. Just my cup of coffee (I have more coffee than tea) coffee.

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I agree with cid. 

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I was going to vote, but my answer wasn't really a choice: N + 1. 😁

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Okay, so here is my take on it

Mack is in orchestra, chamber orchestra and all county orchestra.  She has her main Gliga Vasile violin that stays at school.  At home she has her second violin that is a late 1800’s Amati copy that she really likes.   She also has a third favorite... an intermediate level Strobel that is her back- up. 

The others are for fun and hobby.  Through our fun she has donated a number of instruments to the school program.  Three of her instruments she gave as presents to her friends and are played daily in orchestra and chamber orchestra.  Kind of rewarding in itself.  

I don’t play so I am relying on a 14 year old to make this happen and I am grateful to have this opportunity to share with her.   

Folks... 

we’re not perfect but I wouldn’t trade this for anything... KWIM?

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I've been thinking of eventually getting the Glasser violin so I wouldn't have to worry about a backup. At $480 At FS, it's practically a steal. I guess my mandolin is my backup fiddle.

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I have a Fiddlerman Soloist that should be shipping to me soon.  My current student fiddle will be the backup.  Or the left channel and the soloist as right channel in some whizbang home recording I may make.  At which point I might wanna look at filling the gap and buying something for the center. coffee1

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@ Amateur - One con about the Glasser is its weight. It's a bit heavy. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Regardless, you probably know about our return policy. 🙂

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I'm kinda dangerous. I'll buy as many as I can safely buy and stay married.

I haven't found "the one". If I do my habits might change. I have four right now but I know in my heart I'm not finished. I cannot lie. I am a more educated buyer now, knowing what you don't want can help you decide better. I have a better idea of what I don't want now. I try to make educated decisions.

I am the happiest I have ever been with my present instrument, but not happy enough to entertain never buying another one.

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starise said
I'm kinda dangerous. I'll buy as many as I can safely buy and stay married.
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ROFLMAO

................I am the happiest I have ever been with my present instrument, but not happy enough to entertain never buying another one.  

Great response. I think this answer matches most people that are satisfied with their instruments.

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but the one who needs the least."

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It has been a long while since I posted here, and there is a chance that I posted on this thread at some point, I did not check.

I have my main violin, just a beginner Cecilio CVN-500, and two backups. A cheaper Cecilio, and an electric Cecilio.

I do plan to upgrade to a better violin at some point, but not just yet. Although I have become a better player over the last couple years, I still have some improving to do and my Cecilio CVN-500 is still going strong.

My next purchase will be that viola I have been talking about getting for ages. I held off, and kept holding off, but now I am about ready to give it a try.

MACJR

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I have one violin... which I cherish.

An additional violin is not financially feasible for me right now, especially since I would likely purchase a significant upgrade.  I do not see the point of buying a lesser violin just to have a backup.  So I would not be owning a main and backup... It would be two violins for different purposes.  But like I said, it is not within my means right now, so am very happy with my current violin.

Professional musicians do need backup instruments because of what they do.  I do not see a need for that myself. 

And I was LMAO at @Fiddlerman.  Awesome comment about making more sales!!!!

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I have a backup violin, and an electric violin, because I also do my own luthier work on my violins.

My best violin has a badly places string groove at the nut, that I one day plan to repair myself, so when I do get around to that, I have that backup violin. Also, I have found that sometimes, my main violin will sound out of sorts for some reason, like it is demanding a break, so I switch to the backup violin. After a while, I go back to my main violin, and it sounds sweet again. All it need was to rest up for a while.

I am not sure if that is a real thing, but it sure seems to be. The sound just goes bad for a time, and after a rest, it is back to sounding smooth and mellow.

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MACJR said

I am not sure if that is a real thing, but it sure seems to be. The sound just goes bad for a time, and after a rest, it is back to sounding smooth and mellow.

@MACJR 

I don't know of anything inherent in a violin that would cause this.  However, have you considered the possibility that you are the variable in the equation?  Perhaps your giving the violin a break and then returning to it is your ear and feelings about the violin in your hands again making it as though it is new and sweet again? 

I do know that there are days where I will pick up my violin and it will feel so natural and comfortable.  And it plays beautifully.  After I have been playing for 45 minutes to an hour I will begin to get a little tired and that feeling seems to diminish.  That's when I know I am getting tired.

Just a thought...

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The thing is, when that sound quality suddenly seems to go a bit off, when I switch to my backup violin, it sounds just fine.

I have only noticed the sound seeming to go off on my main violin a couple of times, and both times were when I was playing it frequently, and doing longer violin practice sessions.

It will sound great, and then, suddenly, not so great.

I do not recall if the backup violin does this sound issue or not. I generally do shorter practice sessions, and less often than I did a year or two ago. I have found this actually helps me. Playing too much tends to burn me out and I make slower progress. Shorter sessions, and time between practice sessions, seems to allow me to progress my playing skills faster... and my main violin does not seem to protest as much either.  😉

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pchoppin said
And I was LMAO at @Fiddlerman.  Awesome comment about making more sales!!!!  

Gotta be smart 😜

We do have customers that are collectors as well.

There are some players that have bright, and dark sounding instruments depending on what they play. We have players who own every type of violin imaginable. AE, Solid body electric, 5-string, cheap acoustic for playing in less perfect environments and expensive for the better venues. 🙂

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