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    My new violin arrived in the mail yesterday! I played it this morning. I'm still astounded at the differences between instruments...quite remarkable.

    I've gone from what turned out to be a terrible sounding cheap violin...to a slightly better sounding cheap violin...to a 'real' 1900s violin with issues...(interject one brand new factory made viola :P ) ...to a brand new 'small shop' violin...

    I'm learning as I go along...and also realizing I still have tons to learn.. Although I basically like my German Trade violin...since it's the first 'real' violin I've had, I was getting dissatisfied with it...although I think it basically sounds good...something undefinable (for me) was happening. This dissatisfaction started when I got my Shen viola. It somehow sounds much better than the violin. Then there's the issue of the repaired pegbox...I'm always scared to tune it. That's actually a bigger factor than maybe it should be.

    So, I went shopping again. This time I was primarily looking for performance. I wanted a violin I knew wouldn't hold me back and that if I made a 'bad sound' it was soley my fault and NOT the fault of the violin. Hard to find all that on a limited budget.

    However I think I succeeded! I just purchased one of Gianna Violin's 'Rose' violins (Steven and Gianna Perry, Tenessee). It may be more violin than I'll ever need...but it's nice to know I likely won't outgrow it.

    Inital thoughts: It's very different from my German Trade violin. It's much more responsive (which I really needed). It projects much better. I'm very pleased! Both violins resonate very well...but quite differently...however I don't have the words at hand to describe the tonal difference. It plays much better on the higher registars...but I don't know if the bridge on the German violin is quite right...it looks very high, which would affect playability. And I don't know if it's cut that way to compensate for the fingerboard, or if she just didn't cut it quite right (I had a new bridge put one when I bought it last winter).

    I know I can trust the set-up on Steve's, so that's one less thing I'm wondering about.

    Now I need to take a few photos...it's a del Gesu model...but the differences must be subtle to the untrained eye...I can't tell the difference yet between it and a Strad., which I'm assuming the German violin is (but it might not be... :unsure: ).
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    Yes...yes... The thrill of getting a better instrument that essentially aids u in your playing development...

    but 1 interesting thing to note ... better violins/viola etc are harder to control. They are always termed as &#39;tricky&#39;, caz they make u sound more &#39;real&#39; and responsive, that being that they amplify all the tiny mistakes that u make. Esp. intonation wise... U realise that bad intonation are magnified soooo many times :blink: with a better instrument. Strange... :huh:

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    You&#39;re right...LOL...I&#39;ve already noticed...but I think I&#39;m ready to get more accurate when hitting notes outside my current &#39;comfort&#39; zone (which is still 1st position - with a few notes outside of first - oh yes, I don&#39;t seem to have too many problems with 1/2 position )
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    What about 3 rd position? Actually I like it more than 1 st.

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    Cool, I&#39;m glad you like your new violin. That&#39;s a lot of fiddles in a short time&#33; It&#39;s really nice looking, too. I&#39;ve found the photo gallery at soloviolin&#33;
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    Originally posted by Daniel@Oct 4 2004, 03:40 PM
    What about 3 rd position? Actually I like it more than 1 st.
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    I&#39;m still not comfortable. I think I need to do a series of studies...but I don&#39;t have them...and can&#39;t figure it out totally on my own...if I had to pick one, so far I find 4th easiest, because I know better where the notes should be...
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    Originally posted by becky@Oct 4 2004, 04:52 PM
    Cool, I&#39;m glad you like your new violin. That&#39;s a lot of fiddles in a short time&#33; It&#39;s really nice looking, too. I&#39;ve found the photo gallery at soloviolin&#33;
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    Thank you. In all honesty I have to say it&#39;s not the fiddle I would have picked on appearance alone. :huh: I&#39;ve come to like the more dramatic flaming on the back and I prefer a brown colouration (love the look of my Shen :wub. This violin has very subtle flaming on the back and is reddish in colour (but thankfully not too red&#33. However, although not my favourite I find don&#39;t mind the colour - it&#39;s growing on me ...I do like the shading on it (antiquing) and I rather like the matt finish more so that the highly glossed (on my Shen for example). I also like the Rosewood fittings - very pretty. I now have instruments with ebony fittings, boxwood (datewood) and rosewood. I like them all but if I had to rank them though - I&#39;d say ebony, rosewood and then boxwood. But it&#39;s nice to have all of them at hand...just to look at .

    I bought this latest violin primarily for function - ultimately appearance doesn&#39;t mean much (as long as you don&#39;t totally hate it&#33. It&#39;s made in a small shop in Bulgaria, sent to the US in the white and totally refurbished and set-up to the luthier&#39;s specs. Lots of attention to detail. I like that I don&#39;t have to wonder if the instrument is set-up properly or not.

    Yes, lots of fiddles since last December. But I think I&#39;m done now. No more burning need to buy anything - instruments or bows or cases&#33; However, I am hunting for a new rosin (just for the heck of it) and will be playing around with strings when the time comes to switch&#33; B)
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    Any pictures coming?
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    Yes, there are some in the soloviolin gallery.
    <span style='color:green'><span style='font-family:Optima'>Music is what feelings sound like...Anon</span>.</span>

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    Check this out: http://www.soloviolin.com/forum/index.php?act=gal

    James and I were thinking of merging the gallery for soloviolin and solomusic.

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    Works for me&#33;
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    Congratulations&#33; I am glad you were able to find better violin--and that you told us all about it&#33;

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    LOL...I couldn&#39;t help myself...*bouncybouncybouncy*...
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    Yes. Congrats on the new "baby."
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    ...thanks so much&#33; My truck won&#39;t start...I&#39;m missing orchestra practice...*sigh* and I was so looking forward to it...
    <span style='color:green'><span style='font-family:Optima'>Music is what feelings sound like...Anon</span>.</span>

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