What's a good violin brand?

JackBlank

New member
I’m thinking about signing up for violin class. My online girlfriend loves classical music and always wanted to date a musician so, I was thinking of learning the violin before we meet up for the first time in an upcoming international dating social event in a couple of months. I’ve already researched a few good music schools or local instructors who are willing to come over to my place for the lessons but the only problem is, I don’t know squat about buying a violin myself. I could always ask the clerks at the music shop but I’m afraid they might sales-talk to me on getting the expensive but fragile one. I want something I can use and can withstand my noob playing for a few months and not break on me. Nothing grand but nothing too local is what I’m looking for. Musicians out here, please help me out.

 

wljmrbill

Active member
For a beginner I would suggest a pawn/loan shop for best price for a used instrument..a high value one would not be a good investment in your case.
 

John Watt

New member
I’m thinking about signing up for violin class. My online girlfriend loves classical music and always wanted to date a musician so, I was thinking of learning the violin before we meet up for the first time in an upcoming international dating social event in a couple of months. I’ve already researched a few good music schools or local instructors who are willing to come over to my place for the lessons but the only problem is, I don’t know squat about buying a violin myself. I could always ask the clerks at the music shop but I’m afraid they might sales-talk to me on getting the expensive but fragile one. I want something I can use and can withstand my noob playing for a few months and not break on me. Nothing grand but nothing too local is what I’m looking for. Musicians out here, please help me out.

I had to repost this so I could easily read it, because I had some violin thoughts just seeing the title,
and then when I read what wljmrbill said, I knew I was going to reply.
wljmrbill! You are either being dual-purpose diplomatic, or too subtle here, I'm not sure.
I decided to be a little off-white with this lovely lilac colour.

I had a violin given to me by a grandmother of my high-school fiancee, who I only met once.
She really liked my watercolour of a duck, painting it feather by feather, that we gave as a wedding gift,
going to Dunnville to visit some of my fiancees' family for the first time.
Her aunt showed me around her house, having a backyard overlooking the Grand River,
and she had a Hammond organ set up beside the outdoor patio deck, nice.
I told her I was a guitarist and sang in the choir of a Scottish church my parents were founding members of,
and asked her if she wanted to try some tunes. She was very surprised, but then got very enthusiastic.
I strummed along as much as I could, but I was singing while she was playing,
doing her oldies until she brought out "The Golden Beatles" songbook, spending almost an hour together.
That's when she left and came back with this violin, saying her deceased husband used to be a violinist.
I was having a hard time accepting it, she was saying it was his third violin, the least valuable,
and then she told me something she didn't want me to tell the rest of her family.
She said her and her husband bought the first stock Bell Telephone Company put out,
and she was selling it off bit by bit to keep her in luxury. I could see that.
She also showed me other stocks from utilities that are now national corporations,
and these documents looked like antiques to me. That was a great learning experience.

Saying you want to learn to play a violin to impress an online find before some social convention,
not only seems presumptuous, fatuous, or even just playing on us,
I doubt that someone who thinks in terms of "not knowing squat" has the mentality to succeed,
musically, even if the user name "JackBlank" is a good one.
Unless you get a violin that has frets, you can't just play one because you think you have to.
You need to feel the note to find it, and finding the same note twice is difficult enough.
However,
as far as getting a violin that can withstand abuse to be an all-round instrument,
carbon fiber violins are not only stronger, but have better acoustics than wooden instruments.
And just from what I've read here, I'd say get an electric violin with a portable amplifier,
so you can go wild and make a lot of loud sounds that rise above convention queen levels.
With a Roland portable amp, retail $145, you can play along with pre-recorded music or just fake it.
Sometimes, in the world of entertaining a love, pulling off being a poser is better than getting strung out.
It's also the best to look the part.



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AlderonFrederic

New member
Yep, Life is the series of choices you make. And wake up every morning you get up can making them, starting from your clothes and ending up with a cafe to go. In making a choice, we always strive to pick the best one. And investing in a violin is something that you need to think about seriously, because you need to have the best violin, as buying on a whim may result to wasting a lot of money.
And coming to the violine choice here is the pretty good looking post for those who seek the best - https://consordini.com/best-violin-brands/
 

Ella Beck

Member
[COLOR=#ffffe0 said:
AlderonFrederic: Yep, Life is the series of choices you make. And wake up every morning you get up can making them, starting from your clothes and ending up with a cafe to go. In making a choice, we always strive to pick the best one. And investing in a violin is something that you need to think about seriously, because you need to have the best violin, as buying on a whim may result to wasting a lot of money.
And coming to the violine choice here is the pretty good looking post for those who seek the best -
[/COLOR]https://consordini.com/best-violin-brands/

You're right.

It does need serious thought.

That's because it's hard to become a good violin player, and in the early stages, it's not worth investing in a costly instrument in case you give up.
(I am using the generalised 'you', not referring to anyone in particular.)

My advice would be to do as I did - buy a cheap violin but have good strings put on it.

Practise for six months till you know that it's become part of your life, and then buy a better violin.

An alternative is to rent a good quality violin for the first few months before buying one of your own, once you know that the instrument is for you.
Renting is apparently fairly easy in America, but not the usual thing in the UK.
 
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negarnekouei

Civilian
majiddrums

Hi dear,
your post was very interesting and useful and it gave me a good idea. I would like to mention the very recent Majiddrums innovation, “Cajaronda” as well. Majid has recently created a new type of Cajon, with a revised design and new added features. In other words, it is a higher version of the cajon existing in the market. I highly recommend to watch the full video of its production process on Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b1bc-ZPBDo&t=98s/
 
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