Ted wrote at 2006-08-28 21:17:25
As a lefty playing a left-handed violin, I have sought the answer to this myself.
Violins built in a left-handed fashion are rare, but can be found. Try Nashville Violins (http://www.nashvilleviolins.com
) or ask Ryan Thomson at www.captainfiddle.com.
I would suggest against simply re-stringing a RH violin because this can damage the instrument. There is more involved in making a RH violin left-handed than simply reversing the strings. Take the right-handed violin to a violin shop and ask for a conversion.
As to lefties having an advantage in playing violins, I must disagree. True, fingering requires dexterity, but the magic is in the bowing. The dexterity argument also falls apart on the observation that the majority of people are right-handed. If the only requirements of dexterity demanded by the violin rests in the right-hand, as posited by the previous answer, it stands to reason that we would see a predominance of "left-handed" violin players, not to mention guitarists. But we don't.
useless wrote at 2013-02-06 00:04:36
seagull makes lh guitars. i am a lefty,also and play both lh guitar and lh violin. but, must admit, i fiddle which is different. i play country and bluegrass. so, i don't have to worry about being left-handed. and as for being able to play a rt-handed instrument: FORGET THAT!!! I tried--sure messed with my brain. I found a lf-handed violin (sold as a package). the brand name is "Cecilio" hope this information helps.