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If you are ready to get you very first real violin, there is a few things to think about!
The first thing to keep in mind is: violin makers don’t just make very fast and cheap instruments.
The price ranges and quality of guitars and ukuleles can be a lot higher than in violin makers. When I go to any violin shop I always ask who makes that instrument and what size!
The best way to find out if your instrument is made of quality material is to make a sample. It is good practice to take a good sound sample and put it down to the instrument you are looking at. This way you will know what strings the instrument is made of.
Next, take a look at each string. Are they good quality? Is the violin light enough? Are the strings easy to grip and tune? All these things will help you figure out if it is a good beginner instrument. This might be one reason some violin makers make the mistake of selling the beginner versions for a lot more money than they are worth. These instruments are usually made to be played quickly and easily on a piano bench. They are meant to be thrown away before they are worn out and can be left to rot in your parents basement or sent to a music store when you grow old and pass it on to the kids.
The last piece of advice is to pick an instrument that is comfortable and gives you a lot of range of motion. I find it a little more challenging to play violins that are too deep for me. This is because a violin has a very narrow bow that has a lot of tension as the violin is played, hence the need for the violin maker to make it a bit less ‘light’ and ‘stiff’, to make it easier on my finger joints.
How do you make your dream violin?
You will find lots of articles online and even in the newspaper from violin makers and manufacturers but I would ask you: don’t buy just any violin.
What I do is a study of the violin maker and see if he/she can make something useful out of it. That way you can decide: to buy a great quality instrument with a lot of history, or something the violin maker has made over the centuries of his life and has no use for.
If we take a short history approach, then the maker is probably an
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