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John Chew

Buying a New Violin

December 28, 2005 at 12:02 AM

Question... is it possible for a beginner to own a violin that is too much for him/her? I am considering buying either the Kallo Bartok or Michael Todd II violin from Stringworks. I was told the that the Kallo Bartok is less forgiving than the Michael Todd II. Thanks everyone. Let me say, I am impressed with the talent I have seen on this board, and everyone's considerable youth!

From Donna Clegg
Posted on December 28, 2005 at 3:23 AM
I upgraded from the Stringworks' Artist to a KB 2 years ago and it was a good move. The better sound of the KB violin amazed me and fueled my desire to become a better violinist. I say go for all the instrument you can afford. I'm sure you will grow in to it.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on December 28, 2005 at 3:38 AM
The subject "Buying a Violin" is discussed in detail on this site. Buying a Violin. There is a lot of helpful information there. I suggest that you look at the Wikis and discussions on this site, read them, and then post a question. BTW, it is generally better to ask a question by starting a discussion thread than by including it in your blog.
From Barry Berman
Posted on December 28, 2005 at 11:31 AM
I see nothing wrong with owning a violin that is beyond your playing ability. Just make sure that you are able to take care of a nice violin, so when you graduate your abilities to fully take advantage of the sound, it's still in great shape for you. I bought the best violin I could for my money, and for me it's art as well as a nice instrument. Is it beyond my ability, oh yeah. However, I get happy everytime I handle it;)
From Evil Linda
Posted on December 28, 2005 at 1:17 PM
I see nothing wrong with owning a violin that "better than your ability" as long as you cn afford it. Eventually, your ability will catch up. :P
From Karen Dotson
Posted on December 28, 2005 at 10:06 PM
I moved up from a Maestro to a Michael Todd II. I considered the KB, but after talking with them at Stringworks I decided on the MTII. They said it was an excellant violin for classical music. I have absolutely loved the MTII. Just my .02

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