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    Kay Chang
    Participant

    What are the most important criteria when looking to buy a new violin?

    #1948 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    The biggest thing is understanding instrument depth/richness as well as sound projection. I will compare this to listening to the radio in your car. It is much more enjoyable to listen to the radio when you have very good bass and nice treble. It makes you want to turn up the sound as it is soothing on the ears. Instrument depth/richness refers to the bass and quality of sound you are hearing in this situation. Instrument projection on the other hand, refers to the positive loudness of music, which is very enjoyable when the quality of the sound is good. So the best case scenario, you find a violin that has both of these qualities, which are very easy to identify when you compare one next to another.

    #1960 Reply

    Kay Chang
    Participant

    Seems to me that the ability to tell how good a violin is something learned with time and “practice”. So those who have played longer and on more instruments will be able to discern more easily differences between violins. I for instance could tell when there is big difference between 2 violins, but Michael, you could tell the more minute differences. I assume the need to hear a violin is why you let people try out violins.

    #1967 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    You might be surprised by how drastic the differences are. Check out this video on my Superior Violins website where I have some violin sound comparisons. Let me know if you can tell. .

    #1972 Reply

    Kay Chang
    Participant

    The differences between the 4 violins is great. Of course, for comparison it makes sense to show ones far apart. My second comment was more about how you, having an ear trained to it, would be able to pick out differences between say, a $2,500 and a $3000 violin. But I would not necessarily be able to.
    I liked the sound of the Viviano best. Rich and smooth, like expensive chocolate! I could definitely tell that the 4th one projected more. It makes me think of the difference between Grace and Hannah’s violins. Hannah’s sounds more like the Viviano to me, but Grace’s has a lot more projection, but lacks some of the smooth richness of Hannah’s. I’ve always thought of Grace’s as being the better for a solo with an orchestra, but playing on one’s own, Hannah’s wins hands down. We bought them both in Taiwan. The whole transaction was done in chinese, so I missed how much they cost and it seemed rude to ask my mother-in-law later what they cost.

    #1973 Reply

    Kay Chang
    Participant

    I hope you haven’t forgotten your promise to send us a Tia Bruna to try out after the kids get back from Taiwan! 🙂

    #2014 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Of course! Looking forward to sending it to you try-before-you-buy. Hope you are enjoying the bows!

    #2364 Reply

    Kay Chang
    Participant

    I’m really enjoying playing with the bows! They have really improved the sound out of my violin! Much “harder” to make bad sound! 🙂

    #2536 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Glad to hear you have been enjoying the sound Kay! I’m planning on sending you the Tia Bruna violin really soon for your daughters. Can you confirm the ideal date for you to have it?

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