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Well my fiddle shopping is over

Posted by brya31 on Sunday, May 31, 2009

Last night I was over at a luthiers home trying out some of his old fiddles and found one that just sung to me.  It had the exact tone that I have been looking for.  I made my mind up that I dont care where it is made  or who made it  when I find the fiddle that has the sound and feel that I want, then thats the one I am going to buy and last night I found the critter I have been looking for.  I have never heard of the maker of this fiddle or how old it is...if anyone knows please feel free to chime it...I will include pics when I get my camera going, but here is a little information on it.  The label burnt inside says  "Vincent Trusiano Palermo" with a dragon/eagle type creature in the middle and a medieval style cross on the top of the circle,   the back has trademark burnt into it that says "The Star"   Inside it also says   Anno 1773 made in Bohemia.  It cost me half the price of the others that I had tried and to me it sounded better! The luthier says it is a 100 years old.....I dont have any idea how old it is, but it is in good shape and has very good resonation.  The luthier put on a new bridge and new helicore strings.  The only area that I could even find the slightest crack was right near where the chinrest is.  This fiddle is so much lighter than my other one.......I am thinking this might have been one the ways those old fiddlers new my other one was a student fiddle...it must have had darn thicker wood in it, LOL    I went straight from the luthier to the local jam session and for once I felt like my fiddle belong next to the others.....all the local fiddlers have super sweet sounding fiddles.  The shopping thrill is now over, but now I have  a renewed since of confidence and even more desire to step up my game.



8 comments on “Well my fiddle shopping is over”

bj Says:
Sunday, May 31, 2009 @12:46:36 PM

Wow, CONGRATS! So, when we gonna hear a sound file of this pup? :-)

And why do I have a feeling your wife is gonna regret saying yes? There goes the honey do list . . .

mudbug Says:
Sunday, May 31, 2009 @2:13:33 PM

In case you didn't know, Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia were joined together as Czechoslovakia. Bohemia is where the Czechs came from and was the Western part of the country abutting Austria. Wheather it was made in Palermo on a Bohemian design or made in Bohemia on a Polermo design, or made somewhere else will be fun to investigate.
Good shopping! I'm glad you found THE TONE.

Cyndy Says:
Sunday, May 31, 2009 @2:34:47 PM

Well, that was some quick shopping! Congratulations and ENJOY! I'm intrigued by your mention of the weight of your new fiddle. I gave in and tried two (for about 15 seconds each) at a local folk music store the other day and that was the thing I noticed right off. They were SO light.

brya31 Says:
Sunday, May 31, 2009 @4:30:06 PM

I didnt intend on buying that night but the sound of this guy made giddish LOL I had to have that one!! I uploaded some pics It isnt the look I was going for I wanted a dark fiddle like a Stainer but I was not going to buy another fiddle based on looks I made sure I bought one that sounded good to me ....even when I played it LOL I had the good players play it too either way it sounded great to me

fiddlepogo Says:
Sunday, May 31, 2009 @10:08:48 PM

Congrats- overall, it sounds like a good choice.

I don't think a chinrest crack is a very dangerous one, if it's been repaired. Maybe you could get a luthier to take a peek with a mirror,
see what's up with that. In any case, EASY does it on tightening the chinrest with that one! I generally keep my chinrests a tad loose anyway, as I think a tight one strangles the tone!

brya31 Says:
Monday, June 1, 2009 @1:58:23 AM

I bought it form a luthier pogo he repaired it and sold it to me

robinja Says:
Monday, June 1, 2009 @10:56:27 AM

Congrats! I checked out the photos, and I think it looks great, and if you love sound, you've got a winner!

Rene Says:
Monday, June 1, 2009 @3:44:27 PM

Way to go.

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