My Instruments: My main fiddle is a hard used but wonderfully sounding D. Salzard that's about 130 years old, with a one piece back to die for, and appears handmade. My second fiddle is a very early Suzuki Nippon that looks like it was repaired by a backyard body mechanic with Bondo and epoxy, but manages to sing quite nicely. And I have an early 20th c. German Strad which is plain-plain-plain until you put the bow to her, when she turns into Cinderella at the Ball, with Dark Rich Tone. And I've got a 4th fiddle that's a german trade fiddle, a project I am currently working on, and a 5th that's a german trade, probably a Mittenwald, that needs work that I picked up recently at the flea market. I've also got a couple basket cases that came in recently. One's repairable, an amateur made fiddle from New York, but it needs the whole pegbox/scroll grafted. The other is for parts.
Favorite Bands/Musicians: First and Foremost, the Gypsy King himself, Stefane Grapelli, Stuff Smith, John Hartford, April Verch, Regina Carter, Joe Venuti, Buddy Thomas, Chubby Wise, Owen Chapman, Dwight Lamb, Liz Carroll, Tommy Jarrell, Lester McCumbers, Elmer Rich. Snake Chapman, Ed Haley, Jehile Kirkhuff