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Playing Since: 2007
Experience Level: Purty Good
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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.
First and Foremost, the Gypsy King himself, Stefane Grapelli,
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on “German fiddle 2”
Friday, October 15, 2010 @6:17:13 PM
I see this as a better quality instrument.
Decent figure to the maple back and lower C-bout corners.
Looks like an iron locator pin on that lower block. I think I
would remove it and use a wood one. And a wooden one
on the top block as well seeing as how you've taken the FB off.
Nice work so far.
Friday, October 15, 2010 @6:23:57 PM
The fingerboard was off when I got this one. Needs reglueing, but I've already done a dry run on that and it will be the easiest part of the repair with the tools I already have from my antique furniture restoration days.
Friday, October 15, 2010 @6:25:11 PM
Oh, and the bottom block pin IS wood, but not ebony. Looks like maple to me.
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