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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: August 17, 2019, 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: August 17, 2019, 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: August 17, 2019, 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: August 17, 2019, 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: August 17, 2019, 02:03:45 PM »
That's why I said go to fighfittyfive.
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2019, 11:42:22 PM »
Coming from a guitar background myself, I cannot help but post this amazing classical guitar version of Winter.

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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2019, 03:49:01 PM »
Well, I went with the Cecilio 600 after all. It's an intermediate to advanced violin, which means it will serve me for the rest of my life. The reviews are really good. If the MSRP is correct, I got an unbelievable deal from Amazon. And it comes already set up, which means that I don't have to tinker with the bridge.   :grin:
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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2019, 06:05:17 PM »
Well, I went with the Cecilio 600 after all. It's an intermediate to advanced violin, which means it will serve me for the rest of my life. The reviews are really good. If the MSRP is correct, I got an unbelievable deal from Amazon. And it comes already set up, which means that I don't have to tinker with the bridge.   :grin:

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Re: Need recommendations for entry-level violin
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2019, 02:01:25 AM »
I used to play the violin, and I am reminded here now of my wanting to take it up again.