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    Michael Sanchez
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    I wanted to open up this topic to any players (or potentially players) interested in recommendations of instruments/bows. Hope I can help anybody interested in improving their equipment!

    #2326 Reply

    musicalmarie1
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    So here’s a question.

    I’ve been playing for 15 years on the same violin. It’s an antique made in the 1870s and has been passed down from my great- great uncle to me. I’m probably the only one to play it since him. I love it, but I just feel like the sound I’m getting out of it isn’t as rich as it should be. I’ve tried new strings and a new bow, but to MY ears it still sounds too bright (although, in recordings, it’s not THAT bad).

    Anyway, a music store I work at offers instrument rentals through a website, and they have the Eastman VL402 available as their highest quality instrument but I can’t find any genuine reviews on it. I would love to get a new violin that will give me the sound I want, but I would feel like I was cheating on my old violin.

    So question is: would I be better off taking my violin to the local luthier and seeing what we can do to make it sound better OR should I invest in a new violin entirely and if so which do you suggest?

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    Tracye
    Keymaster

    Hi musicalmarie1,

    Since you mentioned wanting a rich sound, I would encourage you to talk to Michael about his “try before you buy” program. I bought the Elda Marina from Michael last October. I love that violin…it has an awesome, warm, rich sound and might be what you are looking for. With the try it before you buy it program, you would be able to compare it to your older violin.

    Tracye

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    margaretellen
    Participant

    Hi musicalmarie1,
    I agree with Tracye…the try before you buy program Michael has is really great. And I too would recommend checking out the Elda Marina…I borrowed it and fell in love with it right away. The sound is so deep and rich, which is just what I was looking for and it sounds like what you are looking for too. I totally understand the emotional attachment to your great uncle’s violin! But I imagine he would free you to pursue another instrument which suits your ear better. 🙂 And you can always keep his as the treasure that it is. I took the Marina to my local music store while I had it on loan and played all their high-end violins and each time as I compared them to the Elda Marina it was always the Marina that had the richest tone. It played so beautifully and even seemed easier to play that my old (antique) violin and it was definitely more enjoyable! It really is quite amazing the difference a better quality instrument can make.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Margaret

    #2335 Reply

    Phillip Sindlinger
    Participant

    Did you try that Damiano advocated by Michael alongside your Elda Marina?

    #2337 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    No, I didn’t but it wouldn’t hurt to try both. Michael and I talked for quite a while about what I was looking for in a violin and he was pretty sure it was the rich deep tone of the Marina. I listened to him playing them on youtube, too, which was helpful so I was leaning towards it already.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N03KL280Ub4 Damiano – demonstration in a little bit, since he’s talking about a contest.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgoagEOYbF4 Elda Marina

    #2346 Reply

    Tracye
    Keymaster

    I did not try the Damiano, because I wanted a warmer sound. From the description, the Damiano has a brighter sound.

    #2351 Reply

    margaretellen
    Participant

    Yes that’s the word Michael used when talking to me – bright. I believe he said he himself prefers the bright sound of the Damiano, but I like the deep richness of the Marina…that’s why its so nice to be able to try them out, because different people have different tastes. A few years back I went to a music store looking to upgrade….they showed me a Romanian violin in the case and never offered to let me try it! I remember looking at it and thinking “It’s pretty, but how can I know if I like it if I don’t try it.” It certainly seemed like a no-brainer and I still can’t believe they didn’t offer to let me try it – I was seriously considering buying it! Anyway, all that to say…definitely try whatever instrument you are considering. 🙂

    #2353 Reply

    charissachan
    Participant

    I am having a dilemma with my student who wants to upgrade her violin to better one with good sound quality but she’s financially tight at the moment. She is currently using a beginner violin but is playing at intermediate level which I feel is unsuitable. Is there anyway I can help her with this? Please advice. Thanks

    #2359 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Charissachan, thanks for your post! I have payment plans available on intermediate models as low as $90/month. This would give her a whole lot of instrument for the price, and she can also try it out first (bring it to you). She can call me if she wants to set up a trial period, I’m real flexible! (616) 299-9196

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