An Amusing Violin Ad


said: May 18, 2008
 55 posts

My husband was looking through the flyers of our newspaper to check out the sales, and he found an ad that we both found so amusing I have to share. It is from a liquidation bargain-type store:

4/4 VIOLIN with BOW AND CASE $59.99

  • smooth action, bright resonance and good intonation
  • alloy tailpiece with fine tuners
  • solid spruce top with maple back and sides
  • genuine horse hair bow
  • kit includes plush lined case and bow resin


Connie Sunday said: May 18, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
670 posts

How funny. If only “good intonation” could be purchased. :D

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Jennifer Visick said: May 20, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Reminds me of trying to explain to certain students why the pegs are not just glued in place so they don’t slip…

said: May 20, 2008
 103 posts

I think I saw that same ad! We laughed over it too—though I have one family who might have taken it seriously if they’d seen it (yikes!). No matter how many times I explain what a good 4/4 violin costs, they still look for “good deals”.

Jennifer Visick said: May 22, 2008
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I tell ‘em, if they want to look for a deal, fine: just be prepared for the possibility of realizing that you’ve bought some very expensive firewood (or, perhaps, a wall decoration?) after it arrives.

said: May 23, 2008
 103 posts

:D Well said!

Rachel Schott said: Jul 30, 2008
Rachel SchottViolin
Harrogate, TN
127 posts

Many cheap guitars play out of tune as you go up the neck…I think this is the ‘excellent intonation’ reference. Yeah, I bet this one is real whopper.

Anna said: Jul 31, 2008
 145 posts

Violin Teacher

About The Job
is looking to fill this vacancy 28/07/08

Situated in the heart of the City of London near The Bank of England a fast-growing music academy is currently looking for a serious, qualified, experienced and dedicated violin teacher.

The perfect candidate:

Experienced and qualified
A great interest in teaching adults and children
Well groomed
Elegant manners
Impeccably spoken English

Flexible hours depending upon demand and teacher’s availability.

We are looking for teachers who are:

* Reliable and commited
* Loyal & trustworthy
* Serious about teaching
* Humble & honest
* Free from gigs & concerts

We are NOT looking for

* Freelancers
* Musician who are over confident
* Stars
* Teachers who play a lot of concerts/gigs
* Teachers who will consider their teaching as an extra trade

If you are serious about teaching and qualified, commited and have a spirit of excellence in everything you do, please do contact us about available positions. Please send us your CV & references. Payment is £15 per hour. If you do not want to teach for this amount, please do not contact us as it is not negotiable (a music school is not the same as private tuition and has obvious cost to cover such buildings, secratary, solicitors, accountants, VAT, tax etc…).

If you are interested in this position please send your CV, photograph & cover letter via email.

NB – Applications not accompanied by a photograph and a covering letter will NOT be considered.

City of London


1 year contract

Jennifer Visick said: Jul 31, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
1076 posts

oh my…. lol. what (exactly) do they think they will get from this kind of ad? Can they really want to restrict themselves to teachers who don’t also consider themselves freelancers in some form or another?

Lynn said: Aug 1, 2008
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
173 posts

Good lord. A job description that emphasizes that no candidate is actually doing anything that would demonstrate proficiency on their instrument. “…and those who can’t, teach”?

Anna said: Aug 1, 2008
 145 posts

I think what’s also amusing is the pay. It’s really really low, so the person wouldn’t be able to survive on it, they’d have to take additional employment ! I charge almost twice as much which the going rate here in England.

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