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Shelly ~ South Carolina
Well... just heard back from the luthier.  She did a complete review of my violin and it has a couple of open edges plus two open wing cracks, as well as a crack on the bass side top (the one I noticed originally). :-(  A complete overhaul is going to be $330.  BUT - that includes a lot of things:  repair the cracks & edges, fit a new custom bridge, resurface the fingerboard, fit a new light weight tail piece w/fine tuners, fit a new sound post and replace the old chin rest with a new one plus clean and polish. 

She also stated she was certain it is an old German made violin, approximately 100-110 years old and considering it sat for such a long time it is in very good condition - just needs a few repairs and maintenance.  She thinks the sound will really be beautiful on it once it is fixed.  Sooooo... I guess putting a little money into it is worth it.  She said it could be done in about 2 weeks. 

Can't wait to get it back!!! :-)
Shelly ~ South Carolina
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Posted: October 14, 2011
Last Comment: October 20, 2011
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Shelly ~ South Carolina
Posted: October 20, 2011
Thank you for that website, Anne!!  Unfortunately South Carolina is not even listed.  :-(  I live in such a small state.  <sigh>



Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: October 20, 2011
Shelly, in the US, you could start with beststudentviolins.com. It looks quite comprehensive.  The owner has a teacher directory at http://beststudentviolins.com/Teachers.html. Best luck in looking for another teacher!

Eileen
Posted: October 15, 2011
Shelly, you can try by doing a google search for violin teachers in your general area.  I imagine that most teachers will have some kind of website or blog put together to advertise or communicate with their students.

I found a fiddle group in my area back when I was first starting out...just by googling "fiddle groups in CT".  I found a group that was only 15 minutes away and played with them for about 2/3 years.

That sounds frustrating.  I imagine it's hard to work up a trust relationship with a teacher when you feel she might not have "your" best interest at heart.  That's too bad.....I do hope you're able to find a lovely teacher who's as interested in your progress as YOU are !

jojo
Posted: October 15, 2011
thank you Shelly, I know when I am 'exaggerating' and when I am realistic and I was being realistic I am afraid, it was really really and honestly 'bad'

BUT I am glad to say I have SUSSED IT OUT ta-dah!!! :)

I can now play artificial harmonics quite well and I have almost sussed out Bartok N3 how about that?

Have been to lesson and my teacher helped me with the last finishing touches, and I also realised my plain gut strings were making things MUCH harder for me.  I LOVE my plain gut strings for dear life but as I mentioned in another thread they are not very friendly in the less expert hands and of course I am not a professional violinist and they were making it more difficult for me to learn the artificial harmonics.

I know a professional violinist who plays with the exact plain gut strings I have on my violin, I contacted him, he can make beautiful artificial harmonics on these strings but I am just starting out....
so I swapped the strings for Eudoxa which are gut covered ones and voila'! I find it much easier to draw a clean sound all the time rather than hit and miss on my plain gut ones.
The draw back is that my plain gut strings were absolutely gorgeous when playing EVERYTHING ELSE!!! so what do I do? just have Eudoxa when I play the Bartok and then put the plain gut for everything else??? gosh what a performance LOL

I think I'll have to get used to Eudoxa for now for another few months maybe? or a year? then I can try my darling plain gut again :( oh well :(

Back to you Shelly:

if you were here in UK I could recommend teachers and sites/places, shame I am not over there.  Maybe Beth has links etc?

one thing for sure, if you don't 'click' with a teacher for whatever reason, it will not work...

Shelly ~ South Carolina
Posted: October 15, 2011
Jo, you are hilarious! :-)  I'm sure it all sounds just fine!  And you know how to get to Carnagie Hall don't you?? PRACTICE!!  (old saying here)

Does anyone know how to go about finding local teachers?  Is there some website I'm missing or whatever?  I seriously need to change teachers ASAP.  Mine has gone over the edge with me yesterday.  I told her I was getting my violin back and told her the repairs that were needed and she said "well, it will never be as good as a new violin.  It's pretty old and therefore will never be repaired to be 100%.  The tone will probably be bad too." 

She keeps trying to sell me one of hers - in fact, she is constantly trying to sell me stuff through her (versus me buying on my own).  She sold me a metronome for $35 - only later I found it online for $20.  I just feel like she is cheating me, ya know?  It just frustrates me!! 

So, if anyone can refer me to a great source for finding teachers I would greatly appreciate it! :-)

jojo
Posted: October 15, 2011
Eileen, I NEVER felt this way when I played the violin, NEVER, that is how bad it was!

I HONESTLY never sounded like a strangling cat, not even the first day I picked up the violin! but last night I did and it was so 'revolting' I could not bring myself to carry on, I wanted to stop, but then I knew that if I did not carry on I would never learn!  So I persevered!

After ONE HOUR of INTENSE practice I finally started to make the Bartok N3 sound vaguely what it is supposed to sound like...no longer like a strangled cat, a bit more like wind whistling in between trees (better but not quite there), now I am no longer in need of the vomit bowl!!!

Tonight I shall practice more :D  and even better I am not going to murder my poor teacher this morning! AH!

Eileen
Posted: October 14, 2011
Jo ! That is toooo funny !   x-D

I too often feel the same way when I practice haha !

jojo
Posted: October 14, 2011
I think your luthier has to consider herself lucky she cannot her me learning the Bartok romanian dance n3 (it's all artificial harmonics), how do I say this?.......

I have to hold myself from spilling back up the coffee I drank 20 minutes ago (bleh...puke) LOL

artificial harmonics is not my 'forte' but I have a few months to crack this before my exam, on the other hand chords and double stops are flowing nicely :)

Shelly ~ South Carolina
Posted: October 14, 2011
Good idea, Eileen! Thanks for the thought on taking a couple of pieces to play.  Though the luthier may have to cover her ears... lol!

And I know there might be adjustments... we will have to see how it goes!  Just need to cross my fingers and toes for the best! :-)

Eileen
Posted: October 14, 2011
Wonderful news Shelly !

When you go to pick him up....make sure to be ready to play through some scales and bring along one or a couple of your favorite pieces to play as well.   With the work on the soundpost and fingerboard you'll want to check and see if there will need to be any minor adjustments here or there.  There usually are, especially when you fit a new soundpost.

And like Jo said....it'll probably take a little while for it to find it's voice again.....funny how "human" these instruments are !  haha...they have a human voice, they get all sad and mopey if you let them sit around and don't play them for awhile.....and they get old and squeaky and have to recuperate after surgery....just like we do !

Hang tight till he comes back to you all spiffied up  !   ;-)

Shelly ~ South Carolina
Posted: October 14, 2011
Thanks, Jo!  I really, REALLY like this luthier I found!  She is very appreciative of my "old guy" and thinks it will have a really wonderful sound with this little work it needs.  I know it will take a little time to settle so I will have patience - tho for me that is hard to do! lol  I'm so anxious to get it back!! :-)

jojo
Posted: October 14, 2011
good decision! it will all be worth it, you'll see! :) your darling will be sounding more gorgeous than ever :) :) :)

ps it will take time for your violin to settle after all that work so don't be surprised if the sound is not as 'striking' as you will expect it to be straight away (though of course you will notice a difference straight away)