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!?
Tom Jessen of cricketfiddle.com 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...
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.
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