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    • I told my music teacher that I feel very, very guilty for making such a purchase during this time, when so many people are out of a job, I also feel that I don’t deserve such a nice instrument, that it’s the equivalent of a Ferrari to a new driver, or a $15,000 bicycle to someone who just graduated from training wheels.

      She pointed out that if I continue to play for the next 40 years (If I’m lucky!), the cost per year is minimal. Plus, the instrument will double its value, leaving a wonderful legacy for my grandchildren. Who knows, maybe one of my grandkids will play it too?

      Regardless of the future, it is bringing me joy and that’s all that matters.
      Lost in the right direction.
    • odd man out wrote:

      Traffic Jam wrote:

      I found my forever fiddle, the one that I will live with for the rest of my life!

      She was made by Robert Glier, Jr. in Cincinnati in 1926. She sounds so rich, resonant, and sweet (despite me)...a million times better than the previous one.

      I anticipate many years of happiness.

      :)
      How wonderful. How about the bow? Did you also upgrade that too? If you are like me the bow is worth more than the instrument. My bow is by GF Lotte (French). My cello is a true novelty item. Made by the Gibson Guitar Company of Kalamazoo MI ca. 1940.
      UTR (Under The Radar) on Detroit PBS had a segment on the Gibson Guitar Company last week. I've known of Gibson guitars since I was a camp counselor many many years ago. I was about the only counselor who didn't play guitar so one of my fellow counselors took me to her fav music store when we both had a day off and I bought a sweet acoustic guitar.

      IMScotty wrote:

      Traffic Jam wrote:

      I found my forever fiddle, the one that I will live with for the rest of my life!

      She was made by Robert Glier, Jr. in Cincinnati in 1926. She sounds so rich, resonant, and sweet (despite me)...a million times better than the previous one.

      I anticipate many years of happiness.

      :)
      That is so great TJ. We can tell from your smile that you have found a keeper :)
      No pressure, but it would be great is you put something up on YouTube sometime that you could share with the group. Bet you cannot wait to rejoin your music group to try this out. Have fun!
      I was going to request the same thing! So, SECOND!
    • Trillium wrote:

      odd man out wrote:

      Traffic Jam wrote:

      I found my forever fiddle, the one that I will live with for the rest of my life!

      She was made by Robert Glier, Jr. in Cincinnati in 1926. She sounds so rich, resonant, and sweet (despite me)...a million times better than the previous one.

      I anticipate many years of happiness.

      :)
      How wonderful. How about the bow? Did you also upgrade that too? If you are like me the bow is worth more than the instrument. My bow is by GF Lotte (French). My cello is a true novelty item. Made by the Gibson Guitar Company of Kalamazoo MI ca. 1940.
      UTR (Under The Radar) on Detroit PBS had a segment on the Gibson Guitar Company last week. I've known of Gibson guitars since I was a camp counselor many many years ago. I was about the only counselor who didn't play guitar so one of my fellow counselors took me to her fav music store when we both had a day off and I bought a sweet acoustic guitar.

      IMScotty wrote:

      Traffic Jam wrote:

      I found my forever fiddle, the one that I will live with for the rest of my life!

      She was made by Robert Glier, Jr. in Cincinnati in 1926. She sounds so rich, resonant, and sweet (despite me)...a million times better than the previous one.

      I anticipate many years of happiness.

      :)
      That is so great TJ. We can tell from your smile that you have found a keeper :) No pressure, but it would be great is you put something up on YouTube sometime that you could share with the group. Bet you cannot wait to rejoin your music group to try this out. Have fun!
      I was going to request the same thing! So, SECOND!
      I don’t know... it never sounds very good when recorded on an iPhone. And I haven’t replaced my tapes so not everything is in tune. I can’t decide if I want to put them on my new violin. I like not having them and most first position songs are in tune but anything that shifts positions sounds bad. I’m learning The Entertainer and it’s terrible, just terrible.

      Lost in the right direction.
    • odd man out wrote:

      Definitely no tapes. It's your ear that makes you play in n tune. If you can hear that it is out of time, you don't need tapes.

      It’s getting better, I think. My fiddle is so awesome, the beautiful vibration it makes lets me know if I’m playing in tune so I listen for that.

      Not having tapes does affect my confidence and I haven’t been playing in the park which I used to do once a week before my lesson. Plus, there’s been so many people out walking when I’m there, it’s inhibiting. I need to get over it but most people are very critical of music that they don’t consider pleasing to the ear...they’d rather not hear it.

      ...which is a very funny thing. With an instrument like a violin, the softer and more timid you play, the worse you sound so it’s better just to belt it out with gusto and confidence.

      It’s definitely a rewarding but extremely challenging instrument.
      Lost in the right direction.
    • Traffic Jam wrote:



      ...which is a very funny thing. With an instrument like a violin, the softer and more timid you play, the worse you sound so it’s better just to belt it out with gusto and confidence.
      In a similar vein, when I was playing string quartets, we all knew it was easiest to play the notes in the slow quiet movement, but it was always the hardest to make sound good.
    • with warm weather coming I'm starting to think about the water that surrounds this island that I live on and our canoe. I'd like to build some kind of sailing rig for our 16 foot, fiberglass canoe. I'm wondering if anybody here has successfully done such a thing. I tried years ago but it would only run in front of the wind and wouldn't tack at all. I think I had the sail too far forward, but don't know for sure.