Post # 1
I really wanted to hire a solo violinist for the ceremony and found one that quoted us a great price. She has been very nice so far, but she doesn’t have any music samples I can listen to. (We’re in different states so I can’t meet her in person).
When I asked for music samples she told me that she has never been satisfied with the quality of sound recordings as live music sounds so much better., so that’s why she doesn’t have any samples.
My fiance called BS and now says no way we’re going to hire someone without samples. I still want a musician for the ceremony but I’m afraid to take the chance that she won’t be any good.
Would you hire a musician without samples?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
What about asking to drop in at her next live event? Surely she’ll be playing somewhere between now and your wedding…ask if it would be OK if you can come see her next gig! Good luck!
Post # 4
No way! That is bs- there are so many easy ways to record yourself and put it into mp3 format. Either she is bad or is such a perfectionist that recording will never be good enough. Seriously walk away!
Post # 5
@penguin– Thanks for the suggestion, however we are having a destination wedding so we probably won’t be in her area until the wedding day (or very close to the wedding day)
@ mmsva – Thanks for your input! I kind of thought it was a strange comment since anyone can make a Youtube video, even if the quality is great you can still get an idea…
Post # 6
As someone who has played the music at weddings before, I wouldn’t hesitate to play a sample for a prospective bride and groom – I even did it once over the telephone! The fact that she won’t do this for you doesn’t necessarily mean she’s not good, but it definitely raises a red flag to me.