June 6, 2015 at 3:41 am #2515
We want to know what kind of violins our community members own! Let us know.June 6, 2015 at 3:52 am #2518June 10, 2015 at 3:57 am #2670
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I own a Gina Celestina and a Gliga Workshop GEMS 1.June 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm #2721
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The inside of my instrument is marked “Josef Lidl, Hand Crafted in Prague, Czechoslovakia” along with some other numbers. I wish I knew how old it was.June 11, 2015 at 2:38 am #2745
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I inherited a violin that has been in my family for 5 generations. My mother played this instrument when she was in college. I suppose it’s around 200 years old. I love the upper tones on this instrument. It just sings!June 12, 2015 at 1:09 am #2783
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I own a Joseph Guarnerius. I also have a Kohr viola, a Cecilio electric violin, and a hand made 5 string violin (made by a guitar maker who was experimenting with making a 5 string fiddle).June 13, 2015 at 2:28 am #2821
I bought the Elisa Domiano 5 string from Michael’s shop about a month ago and I love it. It’s everything Michael said it would be and sounds even better in person.June 14, 2015 at 10:27 am #2860
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I have an old (100 years) German-made violin….I found it for $50 at a yard sale. I thought old would mean good sound/quality, but…no. 🙂 One day I will own an Elda Marina!June 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm #2866
Don’t put off tomorrow what you can have today. 🙂 I wasn’t even planning on buying a new violin. After all, I only been playing for less than a year! But when both the Marina, and Damino came in the mail for me to try out and I played my first few notes, Wow! What a huge difference than playing on this cheap violin I had purchased brand new. I play this Damiano at least 1-2 hrs everyday, and I love it.June 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm #2868
That was a really hard choice between the Damanio, and Marina. If I had the money I would have purchased both.June 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm #2963
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I have an Elisa Damiano violin and a Pierre Martin pernambucco bow. Can’t blame the equipment! 🙂 I seriously love the outfit; it makes me happy to pick it up and even happier to play it.June 18, 2015 at 1:30 am #2967
Michael, Tell us what is your personal violin? And what was the best violin you’ve ever played?June 19, 2015 at 3:16 am #3002
I own many violins as you guys have seen from my background in the webinar classes. 🙂 I have jumped around from instrument to instrument as I like to break in violins and then sell them to students. Instruments always sound better by being broken in a bit, and I have gotten into that routine for the last 3-4 years. Many instruments that I have played are ones that are now owned by other students, including many Damianos and Marina violins.
Before I started teaching full-time, I had a violin made in the Czech Republic from the 1940’s, that my Mom bought for me in high school for $4,500 (last I knew it was worth above $7,000). When I was low on cash in my Nashville days (traveling around as a musician makes a man pretty broke), I sold it for $2,000. I do regret that decision, as it would have been nice to have that violin at this point in my life.
My Grandfather was a professional violinist and is still playing violin to this day at the age of 89. He owns a pretty nice violin made by a local luthier in the 1970’s that he bought for $500 back when he auditioned for the symphony in the 1970’s. It is now worth around $6,000, and he plans on giving it to me when he passes. That will be the most valuable violin I will ever own (regarding sentimental value).June 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm #3031
Too bad you had to sell that violin your mom bought you! I bet your Grandfather’s violin sounds awesome!June 19, 2015 at 11:39 pm #3032
I too bought a “Pierre Martin pernambuco” bow from Superior violins. It was nice that I could compare my carbon fiber bow that I paid around $150 for, and my cheap $30 bow to the pernambuco bow. What a huge difference in tone quality!June 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm #3208
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I purchased a Snow violin about three years ago from the local shop. I wanted to upgrade to something better than the beginner one I had paid under $200 for.June 29, 2015 at 6:53 am #3347
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As my first violin I own Gliga GEMS1. And to my mind it is the best choice among those that were displayed at the local shop, though not a cheap one. I paid about $350 for the violin sole. But I decided not to buy a cheap Chinese case set that will be enough for a year or a bit more, but from the start to buy an instrument that i will be satisfied with for many years.July 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm #3647
I definitely recommend spending at least $300 on a violin as anything less is 95% of the time going to be “junk.” Many people don’t realize how much a violin can positively or negatively affect even a beginners sound production. My suggestion would be to pay at least $300, and consider getting something even nicer right off the bat if you can afford it. The better sound quality will motivate you in many practice sessions and keep you going in the right direction.July 14, 2015 at 3:23 am #3685
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I have the Elisa Domiano! I’ve only had it a few Days and the sound is developing nicely. It is loud and clean! I was very impressed with the quality of the solid piece maple flaming backboard and the straight and uniform graining of the Spruce top. Definitely European Woods. Has the resonance and ‘hang time’ as I call it, of long term dried woods.
I can’t wait for my Pernambuco bows I ordered to get here and round it out and do it more justice!
Gary.July 14, 2015 at 4:24 am #3689
I bought mine about 2months ago and I love it.July 25, 2015 at 11:48 am #4006
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I have a Ming Jiang Zhu Conservatory a Sharmusic special. It has a very good sound. Through the 5 years I studied, I have owned a few cheaper student quality violins. The Ming Jiang Zhu sounded superb compared to the rest.
I am planning saving up a lot sum of money, when I will do the violin justice, I will get an antique Italian. It’s my dream.August 2, 2015 at 9:52 pm #4248
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I play my Elisa Damiano (Thanks Superior Violins) these days. I don’t remember what my first 2 violins were, but my first full size (big boy violin) violin was a Roth.September 11, 2015 at 11:38 pm #5069
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I posted this somewhere else, but I started with a $69 Skylark from Sears catalog. I thought it was great until I played a Grancino and WOW! That was a wake-up call to the difference a quality instrument can facilitate. So I started looking for something better than my Skylark. My wife and I both were well-paid back then, so every time I got anything for teaching lessons, performing weddings or funerals, judging talent shows, gift money… anything extra … went into my instrument fund.
I have a 100+ year old instrument that I restored with guidance from my luthier — he appraised it at $1250 when I finished it. I also have a 19th century instrument of unknown origin that is a very nice instrument. My best may be my instruments by Scott Cao, supposedly before he started his workshop line of instruments and his copies of master instruments.September 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm #5196
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sadly all I have is one of those cheap china made violins. but it was all I could afford at the time.
But do hope to be able to purchase a better quality instrument some day.December 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm #6492
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I own three violins. I bought a POS violin from an online source for $10. It came with a POS composite tail piece, and the laminate wood back has a wide crack in the outer laminate. For a $10 violin it still sounds OK. It might sound better with the sound post repositioned, but I don’t feel like paying a luthier $60 to work on this toy. I mostly bought it because I didn’t see any reason not to.
My second violin is a back-up violin I bought from a college student who needed the cash. I didn’t feel badly about it because she said she wasn’t playing it anymore, and I passed it along to my granddaughter at first. She’s no longer playing it, though. 🙁
The instrument that I play is an unlabeled violin my mom found for me about 50 years ago in a German pawn shop. It has a fine sound, but is rough going up on the G string, and I’m really jonesing for a finer sound. I’ve been shopping around and I’m always disappointed when someone brags up their fiddle and wants $1,000 for it and it sounds thin and hollow. Don’t people know what a violin is supposed to sound like?
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