Congrats Smitty! I played violin for about eight years (started in 6th grade, last played when I was a freshman in college) and enjoyed it greatly. I ultimately put my violin down because of my last conductor - I was in the University of South Carolina's Symphony Orchestra and enjoyed it...LOVED getting to play Carmina Burana, Carmen, Copland, etc., but the conductor was just an awful human being who delighted in making members of the orchestra miserable. I remember when he insulted a flautist in practice because she missed a tricky run and said that if she were a music major she might want to consider a change of major as she had no chance of being anything in the musical field - "Madame, I have more talent in my pinky than you have in your whole body." It was just such an overwhelmingly negative experience I didn't desire to come back for a second year, especially since I didn't need the credits. I do miss it from time to time though and have often thought about getting my violin back (it's still in CAE
with my mother), restringing it, getting it back into shape, and trying to gain back what I might have lost in terms of muscle memory.
As for picking up a random instrument later in life, I've always wanted to try my hand at the banjo or an electric instrument - particularly bass.
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As in literally green colored? That must be something to see. At some point I can see buying my own instrument...my teacher said something about her BOW costing $3,000 so it won't be anytime soon!
I have never seen a green violin like SmithAir's before! As for price, there are price ranges all over the place - not all bows are that pricey. Generally the factors affecting bow costs are the type of wood (rainforest woods like pernambuco are the most expensive), whether it's fiberglass or horsehair, and whether the frog is made of plastic or natural materials (ebony, ivory, mother of pearl, etc). My violin that I used forever cost us around $500-$600 in the early '90s. Not the finest quality ever, but a solid instrument that treated me well. Check out Southwest Strings (www.swstrings.com) and you'll find instruments anywhere from $140 to tens of thousands of dollars. A middle of the road pricepoint will do you well for a first instrument with decent quality sound.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.