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    Caroll
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    I am a special education teacher, pianist (also taught piano for 40 years, until recently) as well as a self-taught violinist. I enjoy playing in our church orchestra, where they graciously tolerate me! We have some very fine musicians in our church, so it is a challenge and a pleasure to play with them.

    I enjoyed hearing the difference between a student violin and a high quality violin, and would like to know where my WWII era violin fits in. (It was made in a factory in Germany.) I know that the strings and bow are important to the sound, too, and would like to learn more about choosing them. I also have questions about tuning, and what to do with pegs that slip when tuning.

    P.S. I am nearing retirement age, so learning seems to come more slowly! Patience is a virtue!

    #2266 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    Hello Caleshire 🙂 I have a WWII German violin too…I had it appraised for about $300 at my local music shop….I had the chance to try the Elda Marina violin from Michael’s site and couldn’t believe the difference…and the Marina was just easy to play (and easier on the ear too). I’m hoping to be able to purchase it one of these days….in the meantime I’m trying to be content with my old German one. Welcome to the site!
    Margaret

    #2272 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Hello caleshire and welcome to the VTP forum!

    I would love to hear more about what you find out about your German violin.

    I agree with Margaret… the Elda Marina is a beautiful instrument. I bought mine back in November and it is an amazing violin. It makes learning exciting!

    #2278 Reply

    Caroll
    Participant

    Sounds interesting! Thanks for the tip Tracye and margaretellen!! I will look forward to trying it. Can the Elda Marina be purchased anywhere? Now that school is out, and all the IEPs are written and legally filed, perhaps I can find the time between tutoring and grandchildren!

    #2279 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    Hi Caleshire,
    I believe the Elda Marina can only be purchased from Michael’s site – here’s a link: http://www.superiorviolins.com/review/product/list/id/2143/

    I wrote one of the reviews posted on the site after I tried it out. I took it to my music store and tried it against their highest priced instruments ($5000 to $6000 range) and the Marina won every time…the tone is just gorgeous. And Michael has the great try before you buy program, so you can find out for yourself just how beautiful it is. I’m betting you’ll fall in love with it like Tracye and I both did!

    Best wishes!
    Margaret

    #2280 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Hi Caleshire,

    I agree with Margaret, I would encourage you to try the Elda Marina with Michael’s try before you buy program….it really is a special instrument.

    Tracye

    #2284 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Caleshire…glad you enjoyed the blog article we put together on the comparison of instruments. It is amazing at what the differences you will find between two different types of violins. It sounds like you are interested in trying out my Marina model and it so happens I have a few really good ones here I could send your way! If you want to give me a call, I can setup the try-before-you-buy program with you; feel free to call my cell phone at 616-299-9196. Look forward to getting to know you and helping you find a great instrument!

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