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I perused the Fiddlershop site today while hanging out on the heating pad. I was originally checking out violas and I did hear a couple, on videos, that were really decently priced and made a note of them in a notepad in case I want another one for a different sound when I get better at it,
Then I checked out viola strings and found a really great price on Pirastro Obligato strings. I could not believe it. They were on sale, if I remember correctly. I ordered them.
I then got curious and checked out violin strings. I just put new Pirastro Violino strings on it a month ago. Although they do sound mellower on my fiddle than the Dominants that it came with, they did not make it as mellow as I was looking for. I played my violin instructor’s violin for a little while during a lesson while she put markers on my fingerboard. I loved it. The bow just went across the strings so nice and they sounded great. I asked her what strings she had on it. She said they were Obligatos.
Of course, her violin is of much better quality than mine, and even if they were the same, due to wood and varnish, etc., they would not sound the same. But, they were so easy for me to bow and I loved the sound, so I wanted to try them.
Where I had been looking, they were always too expensive. I saw the price on the Fiddlershop and the price was so much lower. I do not think these were on sale. I hope not because that would mean I could get more when these need replacing. ???
Once again, I am pleased. I cannot wait to get my cello strings I ordered right before or after Christmas, I think right after. They should tone down my Ada.
Cannot wait for the Obligatos to arrive. My back eased up later and I was able ro play around with my viola and Danny Boy will sound so much better with mellower strings. I am so impatient.
They call me, “Mellow Cello”
Sometimes, for some strange reason, a company will find a way to sell a product for less than cost, that it could actually benefit us to get it from a seller rather than the distributor or maker. <---- True story.
The only way this really works is if the seller is the maker/distributor and acting as a retailer in secret
The supermarkets have been underselling certain products like this since the 70s at least (cars since the 1950s, so wiki) - it draws people in so they buy other things that are marked up so high they pay for the undersold things. The undersold things are called "loss leaders" and do often make a (short-term) loss.
In the 80s Chile was underselling its wine internationally. Some good stuff was to be had cheap!
@Gordon Shumway Don’t even get me started on supermarkets! LOL I detest grocery shopping, or any shopping, except for my violins, violas and cellos, and sewing, and mostly my two little granddaughters. Why, oh why, do I need to use three supermarkets to get all items on a list of maybe 15 items? Why, oh why, do they constantly move things around?
I mean, really. Back in the early or mid 80’s I made a spreadsheet by aisles for the one supermarket (at that time there was only one local one). I used to make up my shopping list with that and I knew exactly where to go. Pack up my three kiddos while my husband was at work and off we would go. In and out (oh, yum, love In & Out in California and Vegas), no time at all. Two weeks later, they moved everything around. I had my list, went in and could not find a thing. Kids loved it. Had a game, spot what I need on the shelf! Had to do something to keep my sanity. Never made a spreadsheet for it again. The kids were not so enthused about shopping after I got used to it. They didn’t move things around much, that I can remember after that, til now. Just little tweaks.
Recently, our Walmart redid everything. It made no sense before, not it is worse. Then that supermarket I just mentioned changed it up. They made even less sense. Why bread at the beginning? Do I want to smash it with everything else? I have to keep adjusting my cart.
Oh, my husband and I went there last week. One of the items was distilled water for our humidifier. We looked where all the othef beverages were. They used to have all their water varieties there too. No more. We went all over and could not find it. Saw two workers stocking shelves and asked if they could tell us where the distilled water was. Her reply, “With the other water,” Huh? That was helpful. I did not ask any follow up question because I was not in the mood and it would have come off sarcastically, but not in my normal humor tone of sarcasm, where people know I am not serious. We finally found a worker who has been there since it opened. She is pretty slow and talkative, always has been, but extremely helpful and friendly, she told us exactly where it was. You see, they have not changed the signs hanging at each end of the aisles yet.
I know why they move things, so I will see things I wasn’t getting before. I don’t get them because I don’t need or want them, I did see them. Moving them will not cause me to get them. I make a list and that is it. I tell Jer, “Ok, all done. If it wasn’t on list, we don’t get it.” There is no, “Can you think of anything else?” He is fine with that system, too. No thinking about what to get while there.
Phew! Back to listening to Rita Coolidge while finishing my coffee. “Southern Lady”. I transferred my album to a CD.
They call me, “Mellow Cello”
I just received a set of Fiddlerman strings and Vision Titanium Orchestra strings yesterday from Fiddlerman. Can’t wait for Mackenzie to get them installed. We could’ve saved a couple bucks on the Visions, mainly because of sales tax but I also don’t mind buying from Fiddlershop for the fact that he does so much for us here... Just saying