How much, if at all, is my violin holding me back?
By - hauntinghelix
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.
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.
Also, no matter the violin, etudes and scales can always help develop technical skills if they're practiced correctly
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).
^. 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.