It’s time to turn my rental violin back into the shop. I feel like I barely got to know it – I’ve been practicing on my new instrument for almost a month, so it was really only the first two months of coming back to the violin during which I played the rental. I thought it would be far longer.
I chose this rental shop in part because they apply rental fees to the eventual purchase of an instrument. I expected to rent for two years, then to buy an instrument from them. Unexpectedly coming into my father-in-law’s violin late last year, superior in quality to any I would consider purchasing for myself anytime in the foreseeable future, changed my plan.
The repair person/luthier my teacher introduced me to and with whom I plan to continue working on my 87 year old instrument is not at the rental shop, so it’s possible this will be my last interaction there. I found them to be very nice and accommodating, and I expected, over time, to give them far more than just one quarter’s violin rental fee – it’s a tiny, locally owned place and I like supporting them. But I’m sure they will be fine without me – they’ve been around since the early 80s.
My rental, pictured above, was made in 2005 in Reghin, Romania. It’s called “Euro Basic Lacquered.” It has a high polish orange lacquer and a two-piece back. It has fine-tuners on all four strings, and it came with fingertapes marking first position on the fingerboard, and a case that I like a lot (I’m still working on getting a case for my new instrument). It also came with a Glasser NY bow.
It was a fine instrument with which to start my journey, and I’ll remember it fondly.
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