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Little Prairie Girl - Posted - 11/19/2020:  07:42:10

Hi all! I’m new to this forum, so I’m not sure if this is the right place to post this :) but I’m looking for a hardanger (is that spelled right?) fiddle, they’re sooo hard to find in the States! And besides, I’m a young fiddler and can’t spend A TON of money on it. Maybe this is impossible and I’ll have to wait until I visit Norway, or have a larger budget for such things ;) :D
But I thought I’d ask if anyone knows anything about this hard to find instrument!?

gapbob - Posted - 11/19/2020:  09:07:16

I have one. You might want to go to, which is the homepage of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America. Hardanger is also known as hardingfele.

There is a facebook group at hfaa facebook group.

Edited by - gapbob on 11/19/2020 09:10:18

luthier65 - Posted - 11/19/2020:  16:10:02

I have a 2015 Lynn Berg available for sale as well as a Chinese Hardanger that I got and graduated and varnished.

They are out there, but sometimes even bad ones are expensive.

Dragonslayer - Posted - 11/28/2020:  03:27:24

Tom Jessen of makes them, and other exotic string instruments. They aren't particularly cheap, but you'll be hard pressed to find any cheaper.
Good luck in your search, and keep us updated! I'd love to get a hardingfele...

dgolber - Posted - 03/21/2021:  07:53:41

The HFAA web site has a list of makers, under "Resources".

And since I'm posting here, I might as well plug my own: .html

The one Chinese instrument I have actually held in my hands: There was no understring sound, because the tunnel under the fingerboard hung down on the understrings. I gave the owner a cost of $150 to take the fingerboard off, fix the problem, and put it back on. He decided not to "thrown good money after bad".

Instruments in Norway will be no cheaper than they are here.

Dave Golber

catty - Posted - 05/17/2021:  18:36:04

I acquired a hdgfl a couple of years ago when I decided it was time. I've noticed that there have been a couple of good ones in the US on ebay the past year - (one by Hauk Buen) - selling for about $1500

Edited by - catty on 05/17/2021 18:38:34

catty - Posted - 05/17/2021:  19:16:42

Ah sorry, I'm wrong on the price of those - I didn't recall correctly. (That was about what I paid for mine)

Edited by - catty on 05/17/2021 19:20:00

dgolber - Posted - 08/11/2021:  11:00:27


My correct web site is

And the Hardanger fiddle stuff is at

bsed55 - Posted - 08/21/2021:  15:08:50

Lynn (Chirps) Smith is a member here, and some years ago he had one built for him by a guy named Post. (Ron Post?)

He might be in the Madison, WI area.

Personal opinion: I wouldn't try to get a real 'cheapy'. Wait until you are able to invest some money in it. Maybe you can work out a payment plan that works for you.

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