“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

(WARNING: This post may veer off into annoying exclamation points.  Like this!) 

 This past business trip to DC turned out to be a little expensive.

I finally bought My. Own. Violin.




An actual, respectable violin, as opposed to the vaguely violin-shaped-object I had been playing.

And it comes in TODAY!

I went to Potter’s Violins in Bethesda, which turned out to be thankfully a brief bus ride from the Bethesda Metro station, and on my way from Rockville to the airport.  I almost felt like a poseur even walking in the door.  I have been playing for less than a year,  I know NOTHING about what I am doing other than I have a good tonal ear.  I planned the side trip based on a recommendation from my teacher, and a few reviews in music magazines.

They were blessedly kind and patient and helpful without once being condescending.  They helped me range the selection of appropriate instruments by tone, played for me, pointed out the finer points of deciding what sound was best for me, and treated me like a real violinist.  I am very grateful for their kindness.  I learned more about selecting and maintaining violins in that hour than I think I could have in weeks on the internet.

The violin I bought is a student violin – I have no illusions regarding where it rates on the incredibly large spectrum of instruments.  But it is a violin with a little bit of soul.  It is a violin that wants to be loved and sings when you touch it.  I know that sounds silly, but it’s the closest I can come to explaining the feeling I get from handling it.  And the bow!  A bow that actually knows the difference between a whisper and a wail.  I am in ecstasy, I tell you!

I also know that in a few years, I will likely replace it with another violin, of even better quality.  I will never be playing the six and seven figure instruments that real virtuosos use, but every player, if you progress “outplays” their violin and suddenly finds themselves looking to the next price bracket.

But shhhhhh.  Don’t talk about that now.

For now, I am seriously in love.

March 26th, 2008 at 11:00 am
7 Responses to “This is me, excited…”
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    Tracey Says:

    OMG! OMG! BOUNCE! BOUNCE! I am SOOOO happy for you! When you get it in, are you going to take pictures and post them?

    To explain my excitedness – other than my elation on behalf of your joy – I too wish to play violin. You have now given me hope that I, at 37, could possibly take the plunge and finally learn.

    And you know me well enough to know that I subscribe to the exclamation-marks-are-your-friend philosophy! :oD

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    jodi Says:

    yes, but you didn’t get to see me:(

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    Gillian Says:

    That’s fantastic news! I’m sure you will get many hours of joy from such an instrument. I was lucky enough to be given my violin when I was younger (I had to “grow into it” before I could play it…). Even though some people have commented that I should buy myself a better one, it’s special to me, so I’m keeping it 🙂

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    OS Says:

    I’m excited for you! I frequently wish I’d stuck with the music lessons I took as a kid. Congratulations!

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    Stephanie Says:

    Ooh! For someone that doesn’t play an instrument, and has always wanted to do so…I’m jealous! Insanely! Though if I were to learn to play an instrument now…it would have to be the cello. ~swoon~

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    magpie Says:

    That is awesome.

    Maybe I should get my flute out again.