I recently started playing the violin again after a 42 year break. I loved playing when I was in school but I am definitely loving it more now that I'm an adult and can play what I want.
I rented a student instrument for a couple of months from a shop here in town, then I decided to get myself an early Christmas present and invest in a violin of my own. I settled on a higher-model Revelle with a warm, rich sound that I just love playing.
The shop where I got it (same place I rented from) has lesson rooms in the back where I go weekly for lessons. The lady who sold me the violin always asks when I come in "Has she told you her name yet?" She said "Every instrument in here has a name and they'll tell you what it is when the time is right".
I hadn't heard of this before so I did a search. There's whole articles out there on naming your violin. Do your instruments have names?
I don't really have names for either of my violins. I just call them by their Fiddlershop names, Concert and Artist. Kind of boring, huh?
My last violin purchase was a violin the luthier had named "Coffee". I think maybe because it has a finish that looks like someone spilled coffee on it. Not sure if this guy knew who I was. Probably not. More likely just a name he gave it. If he had known me, he would know I order green coffee beans and roast my own coffee, mostly for myself but occasionally I give out bags of it. I'm pretty picky about the type of beans I use and the way I roast it. I use a fairly primitive method ( bread maker with a heat gun) It's more complicated than that, but that's the basic jist of it.
I'm not gonna say it sold me the violin. I did like that he named it that. Seemed to fit me at the time.