Pimp Up Your Cheap Violin!!




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LearnToThinkFree: Am I drunk, or are you just out of focus

hippiechickie18: I'm sorry, but Dominant strings just SUCK! I don't know why violin teachers have been so enamored with them, they sound so tinny and terrible to me, especially that god-awful E string. I much prefer Obligato, I think they have a much better and warmer tone.

Tom Vasile: Good video! I got my Violin last week - Mendini MV500. It's nice and feels great on my shoulder. But, I do need to "pimp it" the Cecilio strings on it, are rubbish. Won't even hold tune very long. I know you mentioned Dominant strings. I heard they are good. But, for the Irish Celtic style I want to play. I heard good reviews on D'Addario Helicore strings. They say are more sensitive. and have a warm rasp to them. Did you ever use these, or anyone who sees this ever use these type strings? Also, I heard for Bows. Good quality wood bows, give best sound...Then I know, the new carbon fiber bows are becoming popular, which can be pretty expensive. Just wonder what's the sound difference between carbon fiber and wood? 

Hiiro Takako: what's the difference between the cheap and pro violins? does the quality of the wood make all the difference? or the craftsmanship? 

MrLootman5: I subscribed because of the SlenderMan noise at the start :P

panserkjempen: are you english

agent008chico: Got my violin 4 years ago. Finally retired and beginning to marry the bow with the violin; my time to finally learn.

Pedro Lopes: Subscribed, good videos here!!

Edge of Ages: I've played the violin since I was 7 years old and I'm 16 now.. So I've had many violins.. But I bought my newest violin for $50 at a pawn shop. It was a bit beaten up so I took it to a violin shop and they told me it was worth around $500! It's still student quality.. But it's very good for a student quality violin. I have dominant strings on it. I have a very nice bow. (The bow was a lot of money) And over all it's just a nice violin. It kinda has a smooth and dark tone to it. And for me.. That is perfect. Inside the violin it says: Scherl & Roth - Genuine Reproduction of Antonius Stradivarius. I plan to save up for a master violin someday. But right now this is fine. Out of curiosity.. What kind of intermediate level violin would you suggest I get when I have some money? (Based on the fact that I like darker tones)

André Silva: I bought a Cremona SV-175 (I am starting to learn how to play, but only had 2 lessons yet) and only afterwards noticed that its tailpiece is made of plastic (and aluminium apparently, but I can't see it anywhere on the tailpiece: http://www.sagamusic.com/products/product-details.aspx?item=VP-61). Do you think that's OK, or an ebony tailpiece is advisable? Also, I seem not to be able to hold the violin in place without holding it with my left hand or without a shoulder rest (I bought a Wolf Forte Secondo but i'm waiting for the delivery). May that be because I broke my clavicle some years ago? My teacher never even tried to see if I could hold it without my left hand (so I think that may not be that important). And it seems nothing is in contact with my chinrest: again, bad positioning of the violin or should I get a centered chinrest (one of those that sit on top of the tailpiece)? Thanks ;)

Cora Newbold: I said earlier that I got a cheap Mendini, and Just by hearing it I thought I had wasted my money, however, I got a new bow, Stravilio strings (originally Cecilio strings) , D'Addario Kaplar rosin and then sanded down my own bridges and it made a WORLD of difference! I mean the bow alone really was so much BETTER than the one that came in the case that I'm ready to throw it out! But you could tell the difference just by putting different strings on...and the BETTER bow helped just as much. So now I'm happy with my investment. =)

Emmanescence Davis: idk what to do about my violin like the shoulder rest i bought with my violin which the shoulder piece was $15 but its to big for with my violin because i got a fullsize violin and shoulder rest is little big too and i to worried to use the violin without shoulder rest because it my slip ,any idead what i should do? also i forget where to put my fingers on the violin like the right place without going on the wrong tune ? my violin was $100 but i think it a good price for it the strings are fine its just me not able to know the correct way my teacher gave up on me because i am unable to learn notes i was only ale play by ear but its cause i have a learning disability which causes it to be harder for me to learn i can only be taught things sometimes in a certain way that i can understand which makes me feel alone from everyone else.............do you know anyway that is best for me to learn

Ludwig vonGrein: Peg compound and an $8.95 sound post adjustment tool. Found a small violin shop in San Diego. Asked about installing Grover Champion pegs and got a $4 stick of peg compound (turns out there is no clearance in the scroll for the A string bushing and the instrument would have needed to be drilled) - instrument has stayed in tune very well for almost a month now. Went in today and inquired about a sound post adjustment (luthier said bridge was on backwards and sound post was crooked plus he recommended better strings) - bought the tool and it took 5 minutes to flip the bridge and straighten the sound post. Louder fiddle.

Nunof Urbiz: Not to be argumentative, but.... The cost of the bling to pimp my cheap violin isn't peanuts. Then there's the time necesary to make each change. Why not buy a better violin? That's why better instruments cost more money, right? Again, not trying to disagree or argue - maybe I'm just to much of a realist. Like your videos, even learned some tips, tricks, techniques and/or methods from you. You're one of the best online violin tutors I've seen.

Amanda Knutson: Hi Alison, what would you recommend as a replacement bow? I purchased the Stentor II a while back and the bow is starting to fray a bit and I've noticed it just doesn't quite play the same. I'm still a beginner and am on a budget so something cheapish (like $75 or under US) would be good. There are so many to choose from on Amazon and not knowing much about them puts me at a bit of a disadvantage. 

shol402006: Hi, Do i need to change my cheap violin a expensive string? What kind of string? even it's cecilio violin can change different string? And why the peg is not tight? What do i need to do? Thank you again and God bless!

Tammi Simons: Hello. Just rented a Yamaha 4/4 violin. Is this the violin I would want to purchase for a long & successful learning experience? Or, do you recommend another brand? Thanks in Advance!

monsiermusic: Hi, thanks for the video. I have ordered a violin you may haven't heard of it before, it is called the Theodore sg50 violin by. Tiger music. It is being sold for 40 pounds on amazon. It says that it has ebonized fingerboard and pegs, is this good? Does it make any difference to the sound and will be a trouble to tune? Thanks

Avinash Sharma: Hi Alison, I am looking to buy a decent violin. I am an absolute beginner. Can you advice me on whether to buy this one or not.. http://www.muzickart.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=99

20BlueJay09: Hi Alison, I am a total beginner and just self-learning using the Suzuki method and your videos are really helping me get through. Anyway, my question is regarding string replacement. The violin that I own is a cheap one with cheap stock strings. The A and E strings are very very scratchy (I would like to believe that it's not the way I play). I want to have a pleasant learning experience and not a discouraging one. I tried looking for string replacement and here are the brands that popped out: Dominant Thomastik, Pirastro Tonica and Jargar Medium. Which of these do you think is the best?

Maid0fHearts: Yeah.. I have a Eastman Vl100, and in never stays in tune. I was using the pegs and the E string snapped and hit me in the eye. Well, time fro string upgrade.

lastmoto777: I just wanted to say thanks for the videos. I have been playing for a whole 3 days now, and your videos have given me a good base to start with ! One question, I bought new strings and noticed that the old ones have tiny plastic tubes they run through on the bridge. Do I need these ? The new strings do not have these. Thanks.

heath loper: I got really nice strings from my friend, but they are kind of unraveling (not really sure how to explain it) but I like older strings better. I personally think they sound better then new ones 

Ludwig vonGrein: Here is a video of the makeover I did to a Cecilio CVN100 violin. The kit was $89. Today I had a REAL violinist play it and bought a carbon fiber bow from his shop. Cheap Violin Makeover

orlando walden: i like how the focus is just perfect for the "please subscribe" behind her :D....... yeah... i subscribed v.v

Oberyn Martell: I love hearing "pimp up" in a classy British accent. It's really funny.

*~TheChromaniac~*: Thanks so much for this video! I had gotten a violin this previous Christmas, brand new with almost every accessory needed, but it was about 40-50 dollars... Not a very good violin in general, but great for the price and beginning. This definitely helps me! I really hope to go far with the violin. If you have any tips in addition to these, please let me know! (My E string had actually broke recently... Just bought a new pack of strings and will soon be playing!)

Kyle Cardwell: I want one that isent to exspensive or to cheep so any advice you can give me ide greatly appreciate it

michael van leeuwen: i dit pay 60euro for mi violin and the only difrent between the violin in the video and my violin is the chin rest i dont know if you got the dominant trings on that violin but i dit pay 60 euros for 1 new violin in a music store wirh already the dominant strings on it and a sort of wax for the bow harden shuitcace to keep it save and some thing that looks like lipstck ( its not realy lipstick but it looks like lipstick but i dont know were that for but its wat in the box i dont know if i have pay to mutch but i think i dit buy i for a good price but nice video you give good advice :) maby you can show me were that lipstick thingy for is :s

Darian Burkhart: Actually, I noticed that too, that as you play the violin, as you "break into" it, it will develop a warmer tone. Just like shoes, the more you wear them, they get a little shinier, but that's only temporary. If you wear them too long, they get duller.

Daniel Demski: I bought a $50 (Mendini Cecilio) violin, about the cheapest they make 'em. The biggest thing I recommend doing is adjusting the nut of the violin. Ultracheap violins, at least the ones I've seen, have very high nuts to help mask defects in the fingerboard. This makes playing near the nut very difficult and certain notes unplayable. Of course this is better if done by a luthier, but the nut really needn't be more than a millimeter high so I say remove most of it yourself.

John Anderson: Nothing much to see except your beautiful face. ;) blurry as it is. I play guitar too. And the Warmness you describe happens there too. it's partly you as you get used to the instrument. but I think also it's like the brain opening up new passageways. the wood just learns to vibrate with certain frequencies.

Fallen Angel: I got a really good full size violin! My 3/4 is awful it still sounds bad when I play it and I don't play that bad. Ta doomed

Larry Mayes: Replacing tailpiece? I bid and won a violin on Amazon and ended up having to learn to play it. I played a cornet in high school so I wasn't a total novice. After several months the tailpiece broke and discovered it was plastic or composite. I replaced it with an ebony tailpiece and noticed a better sound. For awhile I still sounded terrible, but it sounded better. So a new tailpiece, especially one less likely to snap into two pieces improves the sound AND gives a boost to confidence as you continue to practice!

Naomi Cole: Thanks so much for all your help and advice Allison! There is one thing I recently found out I thought you and your following might be interested in: There is one situation where the expensive strings are worth it on a cheap violin! I got a second hand violin for $85(Canadian) (the bows had to be repaired so the seller came down, it was evaluated at $160Can) and the strings had recently been replaced but I am not sure what brand they were but I would say they were medium quality (all had blue thread if you know what brand that would be). When the E broke I replaced them with Pirastro Chromcor (they cost $50Can) and I noticed a slightly better sound (mostly with my A string); but when I played with my Ultra Practice Mute is when I noticed the real difference, and what a difference it was! The sound quality did not diminish in the least, something I was always annoyed and frustrated with with the old strings, I could switch between mute and no mute with ease, and my "ear training" was no longer hindered by using the mute. So I would say if any of you have to play regularly with a mute get more expensive strings, it will be worth it!!

Miles Thompson: :D Bad Billy Bob 5:38, btw loving the vids in general, have been learning for 2 years, and am progressing steadily each month that goes by, Distinctions for my first 2 grades so far *Grin, it is so nice that you share your experience so openly, Thank you!

Natalie Kruijen: hi, I have a cheap violin I bought on Ebay a while ago. I have played the violin years ago but I stopped. Now I have a new violin (a cheap one to see if I like playing again, if I do, I am going to buy myself a better quality violin). Anyway, I want to buy myself a new set of strings. I was about to buy the Pirastro Tonica, but I heard that Dominant is also a good string. Which one do you recommand? I don't want to spend that much money on it, because in the end I'll probably end up buying a better quality violin anyway.

Jamie Cervantes: Hi Alison! I love your video tutorials! I have watched many of them. I am a beginner and they encourage me to continue to learn the violin. I don't have a private tutor because I can't afford one, so your videos are very helpful! After I watched this video today, I examined my violin a bit, and noticed that on my tailpiece there is some cracking/chipping where the strings connect to it. Should I be concerned about this? Do I need to replace my tailpiece or does it affect the quality at all? It is an inexpensive violin. If you need to see, I can send you a picture. Thanks a lot for all of the great advice you share with people! 

michael van leeuwen: i think that the moninant strings ar cheap the E strings her in holland ar just 5euro lol i have already break 5 E strings in the first 5 weaks i dit have mi violin xD i have kill 5 strings befor i finly was abel to find out how to tune that thing :s

daniel davis: I'd rather go with everyone else who say Dominant strings are good then the few who say they aren't, thus why I ordered a set the other day to test myself. I know they have to at least be better than the default set that comes with the violin (which I bought because of one her "review videos") 

shkedovb: Great video indeed! Just to share with you guys, the soundpost in hebrew is called the "soul" (pronounced "neshama").

Jamie Cervantes: Thank you for your response. It put my mind at ease. I liked your tutorial of Silent Night. I'm going to practice so I can play it for my family at Christmas. :) 

Chip Wilbury: I still think you are Hot!!

Smile Tuka: good video!

Philip Shaw: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE is in perfect focus. lol. 

galadriel511: I am confused about which Dominants violin strings to buy. There are different types listed - Steel ball end or wound loop?? Which one do I buy? Steel or aluminum perlon? Could you suggest the best type of the Dominants to purchase. Thanks much,

KnightetOfCydonia: Hi I just bought a second hand stentor II on your recommendation as my first violin! Very excited. I think I may need some new strings but the dominant are quite out of my price range as I just bought the violin. Is there a less expensive brand you can recommend or should I just put up with it untill i can splash out on the good strings? Thanks!

Alex Gray: haha thank god you said it in the end, because i spent like half of the video thinking "Isn't it easier (and probably cheaper) to buy a better violin instead of buying a cheap violin and changing the whole violin but the body??" haha in anyway really helpful video, as most of your video. Thanks a lot from a guitar player who's learning to play violin by ear and some of your videos ;)

Ze Potato: Will this work for a viola?

KnightetOfCydonia: Ok thanks for your help. I know I definitely need dominants then! I will wait and get them when I have more cash 😊 thank you very much xx

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Pimp Up Your Cheap Violin!! 4.8 out of 5

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