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Offline Bernadette

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Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:17:51 PM »
Anybody here play? What should I look for? What should I avoid?
 

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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 09:22:52 PM »
I can ask my violinist.  He used to play in a symphony orchestra.
The royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: "Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!"

The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.

He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the Monarch's silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: "O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"
 
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Offline Philip G.

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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 11:19:30 PM »
How about a quality fake?  Make sure it has the forgery  8).  For some reason forgeries are vogue in the violin world.  Superstition.

I thought about getting a violin a few years ago.  Selection should be like anything else.  Look to get a bargain from ideally craigslist and then ebay.  My guess is that you will be able to find a good used violin for 30% of what it cost new. 
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 03:29:17 AM »
I can ask my violinist.  He used to play in a symphony orchestra.

Wow. That would be great! Right now my research has me torn between a Bunnel and a Knilling. I had a 1/2 size Knilling when I was a kid, and I'm tempted to just stick with that brand, but Bunnel has better reviews.
 

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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 07:09:05 PM »
Best of luck in your new project!
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #5 on: Today at 07:51:29 AM »
So far, it looks like Bunnel is in the lead. I'd like this to be the only violin I ever have to buy, so I want it to be a decent one.
 
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #6 on: Today at 07:59:34 AM »
Create Beauty, Miss Bernadette: Make the world charming(go to 5:55):

Schaff Recht mir Gott und führe meine Sache gegen ein unheiliges Volk . . .   .                          
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #7 on: Today at 08:24:06 AM »
Aww, thanks, Heinrich. It's impossible to get lessons around here (there isn't even a music store), but I've found a series of lessons on Youtube which will be enough to get started with, I think. Thankfully, I've been blessed with a good ear, so that's something.
 
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #8 on: Today at 10:17:37 AM »
Create Beauty, Miss Bernadette: Make the world charming(go to 5:55):

... so long as you can avoid the hidious (0:40).  Where is the guy in the crowd to yell boo when you need him.
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #9 on: Today at 02:03:45 PM »
That's why I said go to fighfittyfive.
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