Polls Archive

Do you do any work on your own violin(s)?

  • I'll change my own strings, but not much more than that. (34%, 336 Votes)
  • I'd change fittings like the tailpiece or pegs, but nothing internal. (15%, 144 Votes)
  • I'll tinker with the bridge.  Blanks don't cost that much. (14%, 141 Votes)
  • Heavens no!  If anyone other than a luthier works on a violin, the sky might fall! (13%, 123 Votes)
  • Ha!  I'll build it from scratch!  Stand back and watch me! (9%, 86 Votes)
  • Let me at that soundpost! (5%, 47 Votes)
  • Only if something is broken and there's no way to have a real luthier repair it. (5%, 46 Votes)
  • I'd refinish it at the most.  But nothing that involves opening it up. (3%, 31 Votes)
  • I'll take off the top plate and work on the bass bar, linings or whatever.  (2%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 748

Start Date: January 10, 2013 @ 1:35 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What are the two most important factors in purchasing a violin for you?

  • Sound (44%, 430 Votes)
  • Quality and workmanship (27%, 263 Votes)
  • Price (25%, 241 Votes)
  • Appearance (3%, 30 Votes)
  • History of the instrument (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Brand - Maker (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 559

Start Date: October 28, 2012 @ 11:44 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What kind of instruction have you had on the violin? Up to 3 answers permitted.

  • Self taught with help from Fiddlerman.com and other online sources. (36%, 542 Votes)
  • I take private lessons. (17%, 258 Votes)
  • I learned in school when I was younger. (15%, 221 Votes)
  • I used to take private lessons. (9%, 144 Votes)
  • I am learning in a group situation. (8%, 122 Votes)
  • I plan on taking private lessons. (7%, 103 Votes)
  • I took lessons before, had a break, and am now taking lessons again. (5%, 78 Votes)
  • (3%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,056

Start Date: August 25, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How long have you been playing the violin?

  • Just started - Less than 3 months. (43%, 200 Votes)
  • Between 2 and 5 years. (15%, 70 Votes)
  • Between 6 months and a year. (9%, 41 Votes)
  • Between 1 and 2 years. (9%, 40 Votes)
  • Between 5 and 10 years. (8%, 39 Votes)
  • Between 3 and 6 months. (8%, 39 Votes)
  • Over 20 years. (4%, 20 Votes)
  • Between 10 and 20 years. (4%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 464

Start Date: July 25, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What type of string to you prefer?

  • Synthetic core (57%, 97 Votes)
  • Steel core (19%, 33 Votes)
  • Solid steel (16%, 27 Votes)
  • Gut core (8%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 180

Start Date: June 7, 2012 @ 10:40 pm
End Date: No Expiry