Pimp Up Your Cheap Violin!!




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Christopher Fernandez: Hi! Are the £30 'beginner violins' decent quality? I've been looking to learning how to play the violin but don't have a lot to spend. Thanks!

Michael Sullivan: I am considering the Stentor II , but recently have seen some Gliga Violins .. specifically the Grottano and the Vasile Gems I or II. How would they compare to the Stentor II ... for a beginner?

Lynn Tsoi: Hi, I am planing on buying the Franz Huffmann Étude violin, do you think it a acceptable violin?

ivan de jesus oreamuno canizal: Alisson, Thanks for the video! based on this, 2 months ago i decided to change the strings and bridge of my Viola, The luthier that was putting the strings noticed that the sound post was not on the right place, he moved it and placed correctly and the instrument now sounds incredibly amazing! I cant describe the change i noticed, it was a whole diferent instrument. Those tips helped me a lot! Thanks!

Adrian Re: I got mine for 750 dollars ......

Ludwig vonGrein: Here is my first attempt of Misirlou on a pimped up cheap violin Misirlou in A - first attempt on violin

Colin Hesketh: Hi Alison, You don't mention about ball end and loop end strings. I have a stentor2 and want to change the strings.

Steve Houghton: That was interesting what you said about the Sound Post. I was surprised to hear that they are not fixed (Glued). Are you sure they are not fixed in ? If this is the case, it raises all kinds of questions such as, when changing strings it might rattle loose. If you are not aware it has slipped out of position when changing strings, one could potentially crack the wooden case. (Because the Bridge is no longer being supported) Also, does this mean that the Bridge must sit directly inline with the Sound Post ?

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)

Trevor Raines: is a grace violin a ok starter violin?

schpoingle: playing nice violins makes them sound better. the vibration throughout the body creates friction in the shellac (finish), and actually changing it and thus the tone. shellac is an insect poop! it's naturally colored but it is sold with stain mixed in with it. Applying shellac well is an art. Luthiers usually go to a 'finishing' school for a few months just to start out.

Willow Dawn: I changed the strings to the Dominant strings and you were right. It sounds lovely now, and less of a scratching sound. Also just practicing tons more has helped to warm it up to a slightly nicer tone as well. I purchased a Helmke in 2005 and just now decided I would start to learn how to play. LOL... Thank you!

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

DoopDog124: i got a cva 400 cecilio viola! when i put my fingers on certain notes it doesnt work/doesnt sound right

rosycheks: I bought a lower bridge for my violin and it helped with the sound a bit but I feel the strings suck. I'm eager what you're going to say about making the sound better with a standard violin.

grace max: Hi Alison! I only had my violin for a year now but my violin bow hair are breaking one by one. i dont know why. Can i rehair my violin bow on my own? or can you teach us please? Thank you! :)

Trpt2Dr: Your videos are so helpful & just great - thank you! I'm actually semi-pro trumpet player trying to learn violin and it sure isn't easy! The violin I got is definitely a cheapie - but I did get the A, D & G string Dominants and a Gold Label Pirastro E string and notice a nice difference. Even though I have barely figured out how to HOLD the bow, I already can tell I need a better one. I see your comments earlier suggest I will need to go out & try some bows for myself - but before I do, can you give me a reasonable target for price range, given my incredibly beginning beginner's status?!

Kevin Goringe: Since posting I have found a Cecilio 4/4 CVN320-L violin on eBay. It`s a left hander & ships from the US, $129 + $50 p&p. Have you come across this model, played it perhaps ? I also have the choice of getting a student Stentor & having it converted to a lefty. 

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

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 ;)

Callie Walsh: I took my violin to a luthier when the neck broke off (for the second time!); he took the back off to put a screw through the neck-block into the neck. While he had her open he reshaped the bass bar, made a few minor adjustments, and moved the sound post and WOW! What a difference! I would really recommend talking to a luthier, at least to adjust the sound post. I actually had the sound post come out twice before and once I could not stand the sound of any "G" after one replacement and after another reset the middle "C" drove me crazy. Luthiers are amazing!!

Kevin Goringe: I have been looking at the Stentor student violins but am left handed. The strings, chin rest would have to be changed but what about the small sound post you mentioned inside the violin - would this have to be repositioned ? With the extra cost I might have to pay I`m not sure if I should buy new or second-hand.

nace goodman: please please please!!! refocus your camera. you are all fuzzy and only your background is in focus.

Johann Kuhn: I have a Cecilio CEVN and a cheap (600 ZAR) Sanchez accoustic violin (as mentioned on another video), and I noticed that the Sanchez hurts my fingers. What would you recommend doing about it? Currently I have to haul my Cecilio with a full blown Yamaha receiver, pre-amp, and speakers to every lesson. Or would it be better to just get a guitar amp? Also, should I first replace the strings or the bridge on my Style 1 CEVN?

Chip Wilbury: I still think you are Hot!!

alexis dryden: i am wanting to learn the violin and looking for one what violin do you recommend and price of the violin 

Ritch Flaming: Hey I am thinking about buying a violin could you give me a few good brand names so I could look through them? Thanks :)

Etienne Routhier: So if you don't like your 100 $ violin, spend 200 to get it right

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.

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

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 

cgavin1: Great video! I think I'd just get a better instrument, especially if the cost is almost the same to make a cheap one sound better .. :)

Brian0nYutoob: I'm guessing you meant "Primp".

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

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

Pedro Lopes: Subscribed, good videos here!!

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.

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!

Ze Potato: Will this work for a viola?

Second Fiddle: You never linked to the other videos about the rosin and chinrest

panserkjempen: are you english

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!

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? 

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.

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. =)

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

haza9988: There is a violin for sale on eBay, it is a maestro copy of a Stradivarius violin with a 1a bow. It is being sold for £62. Shall I trust it, and is it worth it? Thanks

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

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.

cameron8ification: What violin do you play?

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