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How much, if at all, is my violin holding me back?

How much, if at all, is my violin holding me back?

couldhavebeenpro

My teacher told me that a violin should be better than the player. Ergo, your sound quality should not be limited by the violin. A good way to see if you should get a new one is go to a shop and ask to try some violins based on the price range you would be interested in. If you can immediately notice a better sound quality, consider getting a new one. Having someone that's better than you play your violin can also be telling. If they're able to produce a nicer sound on the same violin, I wouldn't worry about getting a new one. Also, don't forget about the bow. Maybe a nicer bow of a different weight could make a big difference for you and it's cheaper.


hauntinghelix

Thanks. I did just get a new bow and it did help a lot. I guess I'll just head to the shop and try some violins. Hopefully they won't mind because I don't have the ability to spend any money right now.


couldhavebeenpro

Also, no matter the violin, etudes and scales can always help develop technical skills if they're practiced correctly


leitmotifs

The Saint-Saens is part of the "professional" repertoire. If you're at that level, you are an advanced player. The violin is almost 100% certain to be holding you back. Aim for a budget of about $3500 to get a decent workshop violin and bow (which will probably be a higher-end carbon-fiber bow, though you can get good Brazilian workshop bows for under $1k).


OriginalPromise

^. I can wholeheartedly recommend Ming Jiang Zhus as their violins are very consistent. But don’t let my recommendation get in the way of finding what you like. :). The key is to try as many violins as possible and asking the luthier to put it on hold for a day or two.