Originally Posted by Oistrakh
Here is my violin. It was made by the Italian maker in the US Giovanni Longiaru in 1925. He was one of the preeminent makers in the US at that time, and was trained in Italy. The bow is made by an unknown maker, but is excellent. The violin and bow together Value at more than the cost of the orpheus system. Right now I'm working on the entire Bruch Concerto for the Violin in G minor and Bach Partita 3
Here is my violin with bow
Here is the label inside the violin
Excellent violin! A good violin is a violinists 2nd best tool; the first being his fingers! Which Bruch Concerto are you playing? I've played (well, claim to be able to play
!) the 1st and 3rd movements of the Bruch's 1st Violin Concerto. You playing the whole of the 3rd Partita? I played the Preludio, Gavoote en Rondeau, Menuet I & II and the Bourree a few months ago. It's fun isn't it! Some people don't like Bach, but I think he is definitely one of the greatest composers of all time.
I've just started on Paganini's Caprice No.17. The first half is manageable, but the second half... The fingered octaves are so difficult to play in tune!
My bow is really cheap, but it serves it purpose. I believe I got it for around $500 a few years back. My violin, on the other hand, costed upwards of $24k when I got it last summer. It was given to me by my parents. There is no way in hell I would've been able to afford it at my age. Sad to say, $24k is still entry level to the world of nice "fiddles". My violin teacher's Vuillaume costs over $190k! Even that is pocket change compared to the Strads and Guarneris, which easily cost over $1million. When I'm rich, I'll buy all the violins and headphones in the world...j/k