ONE AND A HALF MILLIMETERS!
1.5 lousy millimeters!!!→
[More:]So a few years ago, I quit violin lessons because I felt like I was never going to be even remotely good at the thing. More specifically, my hand position never felt right, and I just couldn't play fast or even get all the notes when I wanted to, especially in the fourth finger. I kept asking my teacher for corrections, and never seemed to get it.
So last month a new teacher convinces me to resume the lessons, looks at my instrument and thinks something is off. I take it to the greatest place in the world (Rutman's Violin in Boston)
, where they say that the angle of the neck is off, it was improperly repaired last time by someone else when I first inherited it, and that the strings are 5 millimeters away from the fingerboard, when they're only supposed to be 3.5. It gets restored, I resume lessons, and for the first time ever I don't feel like a moron. Well playing the violin anyway.
The difference is amazing. I can haz music now. Woo-hoo!
All for a lousy 1.5 millimeters!!
Sorry, had to rant, thanks. Ok, I'm done now.