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20 October, 2012
Rat Fink

All it needs is a nice polishing, and at least it’ll look good. HA. I love this instrument, actually. A Strad copy built in 1968 by Roth (so I come down on the German side of the whole German vs. Italian violin thing), my parents bought it for me when I was in the 3rd grade, and I’ve played it somewhat regularly over the decades — with its original pernambuco bow — ever since. I do need a rehair, though, yikes.

I studied privately, nonstop (including summers, grrr) from 1968-1977, when I graduated high school. I hated practicing (then as now), but I have to admit I love playing it — now that I don’t *have* to. :-)

For being a “student model” violin, it has an amazingly warm, full, dark tone, and I wouldn’t trade its color and sound for the world, or for its brighter, more bell-like Italian relatives. It’s like an extension of me after 40-some years, and I hope to play it for many more to come.

Speaking of playing, I suppose I ought to think about warming up the fingers and arms. Many hours to go before I collapse back here late tonight after cleaning the reception hall, post-party. Papa Thriller is looking forward to getting gussied up and giving away the bride; it will be a fun day.

Laissez nous rouler!

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Mavis
Mavis
20 October, 2012 8:25 am

One of my fondest memories of childhood was hearing you play that violin. The sound always carried me away to some faraway dreamland, back then. I love hearing you play, and you’ll do the ceremony proud today!

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BoomR
BoomR
20 October, 2012 11:31 am

Lots of pretty pictures, please! :D

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Meg
Meg
20 October, 2012 1:19 pm

Please play at my wedding? And sing at the same time. Maybe play the piano too. :D
Enjoy the day! Can’t wait for pictures!

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