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Violins have names?
Is this a thing now?
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July 9, 2020 - 2:08 am
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roflol  I'm so glad I read this WHOLE thread!

When my violin was new it didn't solicit emotions from me.

I watched a doc on "Paganini" soon after I purchased my violin - only because I searched how to play "Happy Birthday" & found a woman who "Paganini'd" it!  It struck me funny he named his violin the "Canon", which seemed so impersonal.

I'm in my 14th month of playing now... people get married knowing each other for less time.

My relationship with my violin has definitely become more intimate and lately it has begun to sing for me! 

So, I'm thinking it's time to give it a name - but I'm having a hard time, maybe because I take even naming pets all too seriously.

I thought about how my one cat (out of 3) enjoys being near when I play - remembered reading "Jenny Lind and Her Listening Cat" when I was a child, but Jenny Lind was a soprano while my 5-string Glasser AEX is definitely not.

So I'm leaning toward a more masculine name, but fun?

"Mortimer" is all I've come up with so far - from Cary Grant's role in "Arsenic and Old Lace"...


- Emily


July 9, 2020 - 4:27 am
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This was interesting thread! I don’t drink coffee so I skipped this part, but I have thought a lot about giving a name for my cello.

It hasn’t told me its name, but I’m pretty sure she is a real old lady. I have tried to figure out the name that would fit her, but with no succee yet. So she is just ”my cello”. 🤷🏻‍♀️

My daughter was excited to give a name to her own cello as well, and it took about four seconds. Her cello is Pena, which is a nickname for really traditional Finnish male name Pentti.

Maybe I just take this way too seriously. 😂

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July 9, 2020 - 1:26 pm
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I refer you @ELCB and others to the simialr post from - oh - 4 years - back - here's my fiddles - they all have a name !!!!!!!!

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)


July 9, 2020 - 2:40 pm
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BillyG - hats_off How did I miss this thread? dazed Maybe because I really haven't dug back more than a year or so! 

I think I'm having so much trouble because first of all, my violin is carbon composite (not dainty), it's a 5-string - but also acoustic/electric - so it's like I've got 4 in one!lumpy-2134

PS.  I don't think it's so unusual to own several violins since I've started to notice how many people keep ones with alternative or cross tunings.

OH NO!  "Pavarotti" just came to mind...

- Emily

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July 10, 2020 - 10:49 am
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JudyC said
I don't even drink coffee. I had so much of it when I was in nursing school (the hospital rot-gut kind) that it sent my heart into runs of tachycardia, the docs said best if I don't drink caffeine.

Hmm, I had a heart attack 8 years ago and another one this May, but coffee and tea have never affected me that way.

The things that give me tachycardia are alcohol sometimes, if I forget to take my meds, and, worst of all, ROOIBOS, curiously. That stuff doesn't have caffeine in it, but whatever it does have, it's evil!

(naming violins is just plain silly - that's why this thread refuses to stop drifting, lol!)



July 10, 2020 - 9:10 pm
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Gordon Shumway - 😞 I'm sorry to hear you had another heart attack - hope you're taking care of yourself.

I'm afraid I'm going to be one of those silly people! Dancing Like Silly Smiley

My 5-string is now "Mortimer" (before anything worse comes to mind). 

I almost forgot about the cute little 1/2 size I've got (need to finish getting ready) for the Grandkids to experiment on. 

Maybe "Cecile" for that one because of all the different "Cecile Corbel" music I enjoy playing "Mortimer" to!

...and kids love it when things have names.

Hmm Thinking Here Smiley I like O'Carolan music - but NEVER going to name anything "Turlough"!


- Emily

July 14, 2020 - 8:56 pm
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I’ve not named my primary violin.  I have a spare violin that I got from Shar a couple of years ago.  I was looking for a spare that didn’t cost much--got it discounted because it came with a couple of dents in it.   It’s a Franz Hoffmann Maestro, so I started calling it “Franz”.  But I’ve never named my main violin.  I think we’ve had a love/hate type relationship.  I know I’ve called it a few expletives (not recently, I have more patience now), but no name, just “my violin”.   I guess I should consider a name.  Since we get along better now, maybe he (or she) will tell me. . .

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