This is my violin.
I’ve been playing for nearly 5 years and I’m just about to take my Grade 4 exam. I love playing. It’s a way for me to relax and I love working away at trying to produce a better sound. I’m going to join the local community orchestra after my exam which will help with my sight reading.
OH bought my violin for me a few years ago for my birthday. It’s a beginner’s model and wasn’t expensive but has a nice sound. My teacher has suggested that the time is beginning to come where I might want to start thinking about a better quality instrument as my playing improves. I would be looking at spending a few hundred £s.
Obviously spending on a new violin is not frugal, but playing the violin falls into what I call the ‘richer life’ category. I don’t need a new violin, but playing is one of those life affirming activities.
I haven’t decided what to do yet. I don’t need to make a decision right now as my current violin does the job. I’m not going to be a professional musician (unless the little band I play in takes off, but given that the average age of the group is probably 48 and we play folk music, I’m not banking on it!).
What I have decided is that if I do buy a new instrument I will be saving up for it. I will put a small amount away for a while and then decide what to do later on in the year.
Which hobbies are you really passionate about? Or have you changed hobbies to be more frugal?
Until next time, Tawney x