oh, I know they have to be played! of course. my best friend from high school was an awesome violinist, so she told me all about that stuff. I know you can't just leave a wooden instrument like that sitting. however, generally speaking, it's always seemed like older violins sell for more than modern ones straight from the manufacturer... something along the lines of that they used to be made more detailed and more specifically than they are now. Sure there are those huge exceptions, but I thought for the most part.Originally Posted by JoY
Oh, I know... I have a mandolin which is a little bigger than a violin, and I left it in a bad place for it (huuuumid...) for a day, and now it's ruined... can't fix itthere once was a 7.5 million Stradivarius violin - one of the most expensive, valuable out there - someone bought it & put it away in his safe. two years later he couldn't even get 100 dollars for it. a violin is the most vulnerable to these things (mainly inactivity, but also just when you drop it); it's the smallest of (regular) stringed instruments, the woodcraft is the most precise, the way it was cut, made, curled, shaved comes down to such tiny details, that it makes it one of the most vulnerable instruments out there. plus, the material, the wood, is extremely thin. it breaks, cracks & bends easily, but it also stiffens easily. once that happens, either one of all of these things, your violin instantly becomes worthless. instantly. no matter what the price used to be. you can't fully fix a violin.
haha, oh yeah pics can sound great in the right context... but are god-awful as a solo instrument! anyway, that's not true about wood!!! Why else would wooden clarinets be sooooo damn expensive? Wood has a different resonance than metal. That's also why metal mouthpieces for woodwinds are less desirable (unless you're playing jazz) than wood or rubber. The brash, harsh sound of the metal works poorly for pic. For flute metal is great, just due to the overall difference in the sound. The most expensive piccolos I can find are made of wood. It just has to do with the intonation and response.piccolos? I think they're amazing, if used well in music!! <3 I don't get why a wooden one would be most expensive though. for an instrument you "blow" on (don't know the right term), wood is the most unlogical & cheapest material you could choose. plus, the wood does give a rather uncharming sound in their case. silver or gold makes them sound much more clear & gracious & those would be expensive materials, I imagine. also, regular wooden fluits are always cheap-ass as hell!
haha, that's awesome.this violin kind of came on my way. my teacher let me play on it, because he hated the one I had. he's very sensitive to these things. (as am I, by the way) he demanded I'd play on his violin. =) after a while he asked it back, because his uncle (Nello Mirando - his name is also Nello Mirando) wanted to use it for a concert. I then said I wanted to keep it & what its price was. he smiled & said it wasn't about the money. a thousand. 1000. I thought I just hit jackpot. total utter pure heaven. needless to say I sold my old one & bought this one immediately. man, I would've sticked with my old one forever, if this opportunity never would've came on my way.