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Meet Carlos

After my lesson on Friday, I took my violin over to Sullivan's to get a checkup (it's buzzing on the G string). Ken (Sullivan) made a dad joke about pollen and bees, and I explained that it does this when the weather shifts; it used to do it in the winter, but it was fine all winter this year. Now that it's rain season, it's buzzing again.

I said I know it's really cheap - my mom got it for me over 15 years ago, and I think she got it from some cheap novelty shop or something. He agreed; said he hadn't seen anything this cheap in ages.

Jokingly, I asked if he by chance has a rent-to-own program for his violins.

Next thing I knew, I was talking to another representative and signing papers, and forking over 3 months of payments up front (edit: and paying equity for the next year, concluding with paying off the balance within 3 months after the year's up). I walked out with TWO violins!

Ken first brought out their beginner's model, which looked a lot like mine, which was exactly the opposite of what I wanted, being shellacked on top of varnished as well as a golden honey colour. I was asked how long I've been playing, and when I said two years, I was given a step up to the advanced model (there are just three rent-to-own models - the advanced is a Modelo Italiano). I'm so glad, because it is just the lush thing I've always wanted!

And I LOVE IT! It is a lighter weight, with a longer neck, and has a gorgeous rich sound, deep varnish, and even has cute pegs! I got a nice case, with a spot just for my shoulder rest (finally, no more sticking it awkwardly in my purse when I head to my lessons) and a carbon fiber bow! The bow is great, except that the hair is set a centimeter too far to one side, and I have to push a couple of the hairs back into position when I tighten it. I might end up re-hairing my other bow. Oh, and it also came with a suspension cushion, nice new rosin with a wood base, and a (albeit, minuscule) shoulder strap!

But it's lovely! And I am not putting finger tape back on the fingerboard - my fingers should know where to go by now. :)

For comparison, here's a couple pictures of my old one. I upholstered this thing myself. I'll miss bringing out this stickered thing; I'll especially miss seeing my Sandman and (multiple) Man or Astro-Man stickers.

The old one was named Dream, because it was my dream to learn the violin, and I usually name things after the first thing associated with them, be it whatever I'm watching/hearing at the time I name it (as I do for electronic devices), or whatever I put on it - in this case, a Dream (Sandman) sticker that I've actually had for longer than I even knew about the Sandman comics.

The new case isn't going to take stickers, being a fabric case, so if I want it decorated, I'm going to have to get creative with patches. The first patch I intend to put on it will be my Welcome To Night Vale patch. And so I'm naming my new beauty Carlos, because it has dark and delicate skin, a voice like caramel, and is just beautiful and perfect.


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May. 3rd, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
I probably would have been just a tad defensive if they had easily agreed with me about what I had being so cheap and old. I mean..yes, it's cheap and old but my mom got it for me and knowing my mom, she probably went without something she wanted to get it for me.

I'm extremely close to my mom though. So.

It's cool that you could get a new one though! They always seem so expensive to me so when you mentioned only 3 payments, I was slightly surprised!
May. 3rd, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, I started bad-mouthing the cheap quality of it first, and he followed suit (I'm pretty sure it was one of those $50 or $100 ones from the internet, just a couple steps up above a tinker toy). But yeah, it was probably the only amazing thing my mom ever did for me during my childhood, and I'm sure she did have to sacrifice something to get it :)

Oh, I should clarify, I needed to give three months' payments up front, but I'll be paying equity on it for a year, and then will have to pay the balance within 3 more months after (the violin + case/bow add up to $1200).
May. 3rd, 2016 05:05 pm (UTC)
<3 I have no idea about violins and even less about playing one, but I love how happy it seems to make you <3
May. 4th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
What a beauty! So glad Carlos is in your life now! :)
May. 4th, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
This looks wonderful! Hopefully it can take you to new musical levels!
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