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    I have been looking at Michaels violins, and have developed an interest in the Stefan Petrov. Why does no one seem to mention it? Has anyone tried it? What do you think? Does anyone have a recording of it I can listen to?

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    Michael Sanchez

    Hey Mary, I don’t have any recordings of it. It is a super bright violin, so definitely ideal for someone that wants maximum loudness. I tend to promote the Tia Bruna more than the Petrov, but I do like having the Petrov around as it is a nice German instrument (beautifully antiqued). My suggestion if you are interested in my violins would be to try out the Tia Bruna and Petrov on an in-home trial where you could really test out the differences. It is pretty drastic–if you like a warmer sounding violin, the Tia is definitely a better option. The Petrov is going to be great for the student that like to really project sound.

    Thanks for your interest! Feel free to give me a call if you want to talk more about this–I have just one Petrov right now and a few Tias. My phone number is 616-299-9196. Have a great day!

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    Dianne Adkins

    Mary Kate, I have a very bright French made instrument. It can project (be very loud, like Michael said) like a Petrov. Having played it for 40 years, I wanted to give you some perspective on having a bright sounding violin. I’ve played my violin outdoors, around the campfire, in plays, at weddings, in symphony settings, lots of background music settings like dinner theater, operas, plays, recitals and so on.

    In any setting, with a bright violin, you never have to worry about not being heard, or your sound disappearing in the wind or the great big halls. If you have a ‘warm, mellow’ violin, it’s easier to blend in to an ensemble, but you have to work hard to stand out when you want to, or project over a large outdoor area.

    A bright violin keeps you honest on technique. Yes, it doesn’t hide the imperfections of your playing like a mellow instrument does in some cases. Then again, it teaches you to play well, because every sound is going to project, both the good ones and the not so good ones. You will have to be a more excellent, more attentive player. On the flip side, when you play well, the violin will sparkle like the sun on a lake, and that brings goose bumps to your listener, recognition of your peers, and satisfaction to you. If you’re a serious student, a Petrov might be just the thing.

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    I was wondering what “brighter” meant when referring to a violin. I thought it would be good to try both types to get a better understanding. I will have to wait until the beginning of the year to pay my card down enough to where I’m comfortable charging anything else, but I probably will then. If I don’t in January, I will when I get the tapes off in a few months. I just recently started focusing on playing left-handed, (pain with bowing), so it will take a little longer. Besides, I’m still afraid of scratching the one I have more. How do I get past that fear?

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