it never hurts to ask*

Anyone out there have a violin they want to give me or sell cheap?

*It’ll just hurt for a little while until I get the hang of it…

And/Or a cello???

38 Comments!

  1. Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm |

    Check your local pawn shop or antique/junk shop.
    I see them here in NC from $50 up.

  2. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm |

    Cello is what you want; trust me……………

  3. Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm |

    I got a tenor sax that’s been collecting dust…. I was thinking about selling it.

  4. mech
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm |

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTI23Kcc1a4

  5. Mumblix Grumph
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm |

    I have teeny tiny one that I play when I hear a Liberal whining about something.

  6. Mumblix Grumph
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm |

    In all seriousness…try Craigslist.

  7. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm |

    ^ Craigslist freaks me out.

  8. Mumblix Grumph
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm |

    I just use CL for used stuff. I’ve actually got a lot of great stuff from there. Just meet at a public place if you buy something.

  9. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm |

    “It’s still warm.” — Eyegore

  10. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm |

    I think you can get a discount if you buy, oh, sayyy, eight of ‘em.

  11. Dave
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm |

    Craigslist is fine. If you want to meet at a house use mine. I do it all the time.

  12. TimB52
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm |

    And who would be the intended victim of your tortures?

  13. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm |

    ^ Whoever is within earshot of The Asylum :)
    ( a violin or cello would sound gorgeous in that house! )

  14. Paul Moore
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm |

    I’m with Tim. Do you really hate the neighbors THAT much?

  15. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 12:33 am |

    ^ Out that far,
    it’d be dueling violins.
    Okay, mebbe a fiddle vs a wash-tub bass.

  16. PeggyU
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 12:46 am |

    I have it on good authority that a viola is what you want. Gotta have some place to use viola jokes. :)

    Q: What’s the difference between a viola and a trampoline?
    A: You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline.

    Q: Why do so many people take an instant dislike to the viola?
    A: It saves time.

    Q: Why did the violist marry the accordionist?
    A: Upward mobility.

    Stolen from here.

  17. Hopefulone
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 12:56 am |

    SeaTac/Oly Craigslist Violins. Click on the other tabs for nearby cities… I’ve bought a guitar, a bass, a computer rack, a data center UPS, and more, with no problems. (Other categories of “shopping” may be the creepy.) Just make sure that you check carefully so that price matches condition.

    Violin = cheaper, but with lots of “SQEEEEAK”
    Cello = pricey, but little squeak.

    Make sure that you get a bow with hairs still in good condition or you’ll be spending another $100.

    …and, if you can, get the rosin with it so that you can get fresh rosin of the same brand. (‘Makes life easier, as you are supposed to remove old rosin if switching. …which you may do anyway once you get going.)

  18. Posted February 24, 2013 at 7:57 am |

    Red is learning the cello and she did a lease to buy deal. It was very affordable.

    Doug (15) when dueling, I prefer something with more range than a violin.

    And Peggy (16) since I don’t have any viola, violin OR cello jokes:

    How do you tell if the stage is level at a bluegrass show?

    The banjo player is drooling out of BOTH sides of his mouth.

  19. MitchM
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 8:24 am |

    I’ve got one if you want it. Still got my phone #? Give me a call.

  20. MitchM
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 8:28 am |

    Carlos Robelli full size violin. Brand new condition. With case, tuner, resin. Free.

  21. MitchM
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 8:29 am |

    I don’t have enough neck to play it, hurts too much. Took up banjo instead .

  22. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 8:52 am |

    Thought of a Celtic Harp? Beautiful instrument…
    both auditorily and visually..

  23. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 8:55 am |

    Take the cello on your Asylum beach walks. See how many snow owls and bald eagles you can draw! (…recorder would be nice to capture them joining in, with sounds of their own…)

    HEY! Sell musical discs under the name: “Baldy, Snowey & Headmissy in concert” (….if lucky, can add, mebbe later, “And The Seal Barking Orchestra! …..)

  24. Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:06 am |

    You’ll need this info when you find a fiddle:

  25. Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:08 am |

    Oops, second try: http://truebluesam.blogspot.com/2010/08/if-you-can-make-it-for-dime-and-sell-it.html

  26. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:10 am |

    ^DougM (10) I think you can get a discount if you buy, oh, sayyy, eight of ‘em.

    Better hurry before some gubmint doofus tries to limit you to seven.

  27. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:16 am |

    Peggy (16)
    You are a cruel mistress.
    I’m hoarse from laugin’, an’ my abs hurt.
    (What? I didn’t know the safe word.)

    K-Nine (18)
    One of Peggy’s jokes covers the “range” issue.

  28. geezerette
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 11:10 am |

    Dueling violins are better than dueling banjos.

  29. rickn8or
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

    Why did you have to say cello?

    You reminded me of the rant by a frustrated orchestra conductor at his incompetent cellist: “My God woman! You sit there with the finest instrument known to man between your knees and all you can do is scratch it!”

    Well, it was funny to me and it’s been a rough week.

  30. PeggyU
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm |

    Of course, if you don’t want to spend anything, you could always go this route.

  31. Jess
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm |

    I’ve fiddled around with a violin. (pun intended) If you have any musical inclination, it’s hours of intense concentration and the feeling that music is a way to escape for enough time to refuel.

  32. TimB52
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

    Now I’m having Airwolf flashbacks…

  33. Merovign
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm |

    They just had some on one of the daily deal sites. Search online for “violin cello deals”.

  34. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm |

    This: bad (there’s always room for cello)
    This: good (the whole score is delightful, but the strings parts are extra wonderful)

  35. mech
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm |

    Since we are expanding the parameters, How about a Theramin?

    No rosin build up there.

  36. rickn8or
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm |

    DougM, I think I know where TSA gets most of their baggage handling experience.

    (Link now repaired: you must’a submitted it via checked baggage — dm)

  37. geezerette
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 8:12 am |

    Would the hang of it be finally hanging it on that wall below the balcony that you wondered about?

  38. mojo
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm |

    (Evil Roy Slade sticks his pistol in cellist’s ear)
    “What’re you doin’ with that violin between yer legs? Don’t ya know there’s ladies present? Now, you just tuck that fiddle up under yer chin the way it’s SUPPOSED ta be played…”