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  1. Hi, while on "pet peaves", I am sorry to say I really don't have any, not yet anyway. I am thrilled I learned two, yes count them! 2 new words from the thread, Teka and Flesch chin rests. Here is my humble contribution to this thread, a pic of the way some people in India prefer to play the violin. Cheers, don
  2. Well two thumbs up for Glass! Maybe all his stuff isn't all that popular or well liked, but enough of it is to have made him what I would call, "a unique flavor" in music.
  3. Hi Mark, Well what are or is the brand of what you are using? Is it just something modified you came up with or is it manufactured for violins? I know the Tourte Mute, and even have one. I guess I am just shocked that as an comsumer, something I bought actually works and does what it says its gonna do. I am sure your right about the chrome plating, that even the brass one would do the same job. Your right there are hundreds of people and places selling Yamaha and other electric violins. But my observations are that used Yamaha electric violins are a "hot" item, everyone seems to want one. I guess it was just a personal realization that I had it in the back of my mind to add an electric violin to my collection just for silent practice. But since the mute really does work, well...never mind about getting something I really don't need. bye, don
  4. Yes it's any excuse I can think of to take another pic of the cat. I have thousands I am sure, none of me, but of the cat, so very many.
  5. Hello everyone, First off, I really must say that the metal chrome mute actually works better, way better than the cheapo rubber mutes. I got mine at a violin shop for $30 USD, so it's not the cheaper one on Amazon, but still even the Amazon one has very great reviews for cutting down the sound. The only crictique is the loss of tonal color, but still one would expect that. But onto the real subject. Electric Violins. I tried finding other older threads on what people actually had to say and compare the various brands and models. But couldn't come up with anything, so...lets start one now. There seems to be the cheap plastic ones that aren't worth the cheap plastic they are made out of. Then you have the Yamaha Silent Practice Violins. The one Yamaha the SV 150 boasts of a weight of only 14 oz or 392 grams, with the feel of an acousitc violin. With tons of electronic bells and whistles, etc, and is very pricey. There are others of course, but I reference that model due to its claim to fame of being so light with a natural acoustic violin feel. Well I am excited that something actually works to deaden or quiet down the sound. And honestly I don't have to pay a small fortune for another violin so I can play/practice in almost total peace and quiet. Yeah! don
  6. Finally a better pic with a chrome practice mute, which really does a great job of quieting it down. The mute doesn't fit completely over the bridge but works just fine.
  7. You are so right, and it sounds great actually, but I am gonna have to bow out on anykind of expert or informed opinion, since I am really not that much of an authority. But trying it now the E string is shrill in the 4 th position and the A is a bit tinney, G and D are ok however. But where I am at tonight its 77% humidity outside, and in the truck I ain't got a clue since I misplaced my hygrometer somewhere, duh? It still could be the new strings are still settling in. But really the strings are only a couple of days old, and still maybe need a lot more playing in. However its just kinda exciting to have a brand new, half way decent and nice violin that in maybe in 50 or 60 yrs from now, some one may bid on ebay for it, for a hundred bucks, and really be just as thrilled to get it or have it as I am. Bye Rue, don
  8. Hi, Just under $700 for the violin itself. I declined to get a case or a bow with it. I really don't know if its CNC or polyurethane in the polish, or they just over buffed the heck out of it, causing heat and by some quirk of fate, it made the thing all plastic and shiney. I have no others of their brand to compare this too. It actually looks great in artifical light, its only in real sunlight that it changes colors or its' appearance. The funny thing is, in my mind before it came, I was really thinking about treating this like it was the cat's meow, or like a treasured item. But instead I am going to treat this no better than a door mat, I am going to humidity cycle it, play it outside, use it even to beat off flies if I really have to. And once it fades and the high gloss polish wears thin, then maybe I might be more inclined to treat it a little bit more respectfully. Maybe? Overall it actually is very nice. It feels a lot heavier than a couple of other violins I have. It actually feels a bit top heavy in the neck and scroll. I would just say, that if I were a woman I might not be as comfortable with the weight as I would with another lighter violin. But thats just my humble opinion,, nothing professional or anything like that. In a way I am very glad it isn't flawlessly perfect and omg! I am not intimidated by it at all, and actually rather comfortable with it over all. Who knows what Gligas other violins are like, I really can't say. But they do advertize "shiney" ones, which knowing what I know now..... Luv ur cat pic, honestly if it came down to the cat or my violins, it would be the cat everytime! meow meow, don
  9. Hi, It doesn't sound like your much of a quitter, are you asking for some one elses permission to quit and give up? Maybe change and go back to the past where it seems so easy and comfortable and familar? You sound a bit tense, high strung and like your a bit of a perfectionist. I had the worst parents for that trait, the ones that said constantly, "I told you once!". It makes me want to do things perfectly the first time, and anything beyond that makes me tense, nervious and is a challenge. I agree with some others here, play other things, learn to have fun, enjoy yourself. No one except maybe your teacher is grading you on so harsh a perfectionist scale except maybe yourself. Maybe if you were a surgeon, then everything you did had to be perfect. But a musician, your the only judge, the only critic, the only one who really decides whether or not your happy. So be happy! just thoughts, don
  10. Hi, Pardon my chirping in but. From reading and reading the only assumption I can make or the conclusion I've been drawen to reach is. With violins, there are no absolutes of anykind. There is what people term, "good wood", and compared I guess to "bad wood", which might be entirely subjective. "Good Makers" as opposed to "Bad Makers", which even a good maker can have a real bad day and a bad one a real good day. Good sounding violins can start out that way, then die in 6 months, then let it sit for another 6 months and it can bounce back again to being good. Bad sounding violins starting out will always be or continue to be bad sounding instruments. If you get one and it has a flaw in its' sound, don't expect it to improve very much with time and playing it. It's an flaw that the instrument will likely continue to have all its' life. And, its not the instrument but the person playing it that improves, and not the instrument itself. A different set up might improve some aspects of the instrument, greatly or marginally. Regraduating a thick top can either damage it beyond repair, or bring it to life, and then it can die in a few years and then become junk And a violin might grow and becoming a mature sounding instrument in 70 or 80 years. So if you buy something new today, plan on your grand children reaping the benefits of your purchase long after you have passed away. I hope I didn't miss anything or leave anything out. Just some thoughts on what I've already read elsewhere and even in prior posts on this forum. don
  11. Hi Rue, Well I almost have to agree, the dull reddish brown stain on most I see is, yuk! Boring, drab, lack luster, ordinary, etc. But still actually its not its' apperance, but the way it feels, very plastic like. It doesn't feel at all like wood, but polished plastic. It's kind of like petting a cat with no hair. You just keep getting that feeling that something isn't right. Well I think I almost got the adding pics to posts thing down, its just changing the avatar and other stuff I've yet to figure out. So here are the pics, and one of the internet photo that came with the violin. Some are in direct sunlight, others in a shadow. Ta-Da! Success with the pics. And I decided to name or call this the cameleon or klaidioscope violin. It never looks the same way depending what kind of light it's in. bye, don
  12. Hi CCM, Well because it is my first brand new violin, so I am hoping the finish fades and wears down to a normal look after time. I don't know, I just really wanted to treat myself to something that is brand new. It has been beneficial in that I have read as much as I could on "breaking in" or "playing in" a new violin. I googled "break in time for new violin", and omg! On this forum several years back there is a 12 page discussion on the topic, ranging from hydrogen atoms to stereo speakers, physic's and everything else. Plus a couple of other smaller threads. On the Violinist.com there is also a very long discussion from 2006/7 even with some of the same people now here, discussing the idea of a break in time, etc. One reoccurring theme in the posts was how after a new set up, let the violin sit for a day, then see how it sounds and plays. Yep! Exactly I have to agree. Only after a few hours of having taken it out of the box, it did sound very weak and under powered, very poor projection. I even joked that I needed to find someone that would stand 4 or 5 feet away and ask them if they could hear it while I was playing it. Yes it was that quiet. But on the next day by leaving it sit out in the open air, after what I think it acclimaized or settled in, wow! It projected just fine, as good as any other violin I have, and no complaints. I really should have made a blog out of this adventure, but its all good. I am giving some serious thought to the Linsey Sterling way of playing it in. By playing it in the pouring down rain, in any ice cave I can find, under water, and while being eaten and attacked by sharks or polar bears, oh yeah! I love your cat pic, my cat is an antique at 17 going on 18, here's an 100 yr old german violin I have as my favorite pic. I don't have any yet of the new Gliga, but its really not that bad, I'll give it few years and see I suppose. bye, CCM don b
  13. Hi Rue, and thank you. I really don't know how to post pic's yet to even change my avatar, and update info and personalize the blank empty space under my name, lol And I don't even know using the menu on the post how to access my comps pictures to even post a pic here. Yes everyone loves them forsure, honestly, perhaps its just the unique style and finish that isn't the usual norm for their brand. Antique Stained, even on its little tag and info sheet its labelled "Special". But to continue, it has a plastic look and feel to it, that I can only hope wares off soon and starts to look like a piece of wood, rather than a piece of plastic. This is a real first for me, I do sometimes go in and out of music stores, see the violins but usually have never picked one up or had a reason to feel one. Because usually they all look like regular wood, reddish brown stained, or whatever. I am almost laughing to myself now over this, its just amusing thats all. Maybe its an experimental concept violin finish that they got bored and tried making? If anything I'ed say its way over buffed, to the point of having sanded down any wood grain and glazed over into a sheen plastic, glass like finish. ? maybe? Unusual forsure! Which is the usual hallmark of almost every violin I own. Maybe I'll do a Linsey Sterling thing and go outside and play it in the rain, that might help it a bit. The irony is, I wanted something sparkling brand new, unblemished, nice, gorgous, etc. And now I can wait to mess this up and get to look at least a little more like a normal violin would or should be looking. lol However it sounds perfect, it sounds like a violin. It the body seems to resonate or vibrate with the notes being played. Good tone in the lower and upper registers, the E is great up and down and so is the G, good good good. I will say this, it really does seem to have a sweet and warm tone, it really does. Perhaps due to the Obligatos, its not too over powering and loud, but still has a clear solid tone. Now as far as the set up, its perfect for me. I asked the woman on the phone before I bought it, about the issue some people were having over wanting a different set up. She explained its more due to a preference for a certain style, uniqueness that they have developed over the years in their personal set ups. And the million dollar question???? da da, da da! "Would I buy another one again?" I would say yes, but I would wait and save up my money and get a Mastro next, if I seen one that appealed to me visually that is. But its still to early to tell. Most might agree, its what it sounds like several months from now when its played in that is really the test. While I was playing it, there was a fly sitting next to me and it sneezed and I couldn't hear the violin when he did. But I am sure the violin will get louder as time goes by. LOL Just kidding! bye, don
  14. Well my Gliga Gama came today, yippie! It actually has a very plastic look and feel to it, which I don't really like. I thought it would be more "woodsy", but I was told its an oil stain and buffed out finish. I am really hoping it dulls itself down, we'll see. Here's an interesting review from a GB seller, Elida, a commentary lets say on its quality/skill level I thought was interesting. GAMA "Typically sold to adult improvers, folk fiddlers, teachers, freelance professionals as a backup instrument, young players of Grade 5 up to Grade 8. We will not make silly claims and describe this instrument as suitable for first instrument study at a conservatoire but we will and do say confidently that it will be entirely adequate for anything below that level." http://www.elidatrading.co.uk/gliga.htm The above link is to the commentary page on the different Gliga's they sell. I must be used to my more old wood and looking like old wood violins, then an off the shelf wood that looks and feels more like a plastic violin. ha! It does sound nice, a bit quiet I suppose with the Obligatos I had put on it. I went to a shop today and got the chin rest changed out for a lower one. The luthier asked why Obligatos on a notorisly dark and quiet sounding violin. Well they were only a $10 more upgrade over the Dominates that normally would come with this violin. And to be honest, I doubt ever again I would spend the $90 anyway on a set of strings. So why not try them now just to see how they play. Actually so far, I think this is the only violin I can play/practice on within a few feet of my sleeping cat, and it doesn't bother the cat at all. I am amazed and actually abit happy over this. Well so far so good! don
  15. Hi Dwight, You made some really great points, this post actually would have fit right in with the guy with the upgrade violin. It seems when he changed violins to an upgrade, its like you say, everything goes backwards before it reverses and goes forward again. Outside of violins, the only thing using your model I can compare my experiences to are trucks. I would say it is a learning experience, but based on cautiousness and uncertainty concerning what the new limitations or abilities of the change will bring. Actually I feel kinda bad that Rue thinks maybe I was being insultive to him, I was really just trying to be funny. But still I can't get the thought out of my head that he feels wood aged for 7 years is still considered "green" wood. Unless I misunderstood him, that is. I have seen some play a new violin with the attitude, "Drive it like you stole it!", where if it doesn't fall apart while they are playing it, it is a good violin. It's funny to me now, but I might just adopt that as a slogan while playing myself, "play it like you stole it!" haha, bye Dwight, don
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