Posted by bj on Thursday, August 13, 2009
I finally got my german fiddle back from the fiddle doctor. She needed the bottom block rebuilt when the pin/tailpiece went PING!
It's been awhile. And now I remember what I've been missing. Wild One is AWESOME! Dark and deep and growly and made for modals, and sounding just as fabulous under my ear as she does when someone else plays her. And she plays like a dream.
Unfortunately her chinrest went missing, so Steve put one of his spares on, but . . . ack. It's shrimpy and low profile. But I'm so glad to have her back that I'll put up with it until mine turns up in that mess he calls a workshop. I can't rag on him about it now that I'm looking at my own desktop.
I've picked Wild One up for a quick tune a few dozen times today already, and WOW. I just fell head over heels in love all over again. I've got all the symptoms. Mooning at the keyboard, trying to keep my mind on work, but stealing glances at her constantly. Humming the tunes she knows best. Geez, I've got it bad.
It's the whole package, and it for sure isn't her looks. She's not the visual star of my fiddle party, but she does have a winsome appeal in her lightly figured back wood, and her blondish gold toned finish. But above all, it's her voice. Oh, that voice! Marlena Dietrich, eat your heart out!
Oh, here comes the urge again . . . gotta go fiddle . . .
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @11:15:18 AM
It is just like having and old friend return to your life...
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @12:27:58 PM
What kind of strings are on there, BJ?
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @12:38:20 PM
G, A and E are Prim Heavies and the D is a Prim Medium. I'll swap out the E soon, it's not great, I never did like the prim E, but even that sounds okay on this fiddle. I had stolen the D off it for another fiddle, and Steve only had the mediums handy. Doesn't seem to matter at all, in fact if the wraps weren't different I probably wouldn't notice it. The E I notice.
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @12:42:16 PM
Glad ya got her back bj....sooooooooooo..... ya gonna sell me your French Fiddle now?? :O)
Oh I may have chin rest here for ya that you could have. I'll have to peek at the ones I got.
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @12:48:16 PM
Dee, there's a Salzard listed on Ebay, though it doesn't look anything like mine, and there is more than one Salzard maker. Mine is a D. Salzard. You'll have to pry mine outta my cold dead hands, I love that cute little fiddle. Looks like I'm gonna have to play twice as much . . . :-)
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @5:04:46 PM
I think I know your emotion - after having to use my back-up fiddle while my old German one was down in the shop for the neck reset. It's a great feeling. I played, gosh, maybe 4 hours today after finally fine tuning the bridge and sound post, and putting a new set of Dominants on. Though getting a new fiddle tune book today didn't help matters.
Isn't it interesting/nice that you can buy individual strings for fiddles? I guess you can for other instruments, too, but in my Met Music catalogue each brand has individuals. I am so new that this sort of thing fascinates me.
What is "Mooning at the keyboard"? On second thought, never mind.
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @5:12:57 PM
"Mooning at the keyboard" is staring off into space instead of doing the webdesign work I'm supposed to be doing. Not what you think, you smutty minded woman, you! LOL! Geez, haven't thought of that kind of mooning in YEARS!
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @6:00:01 PM
Ok now I excited, I want to see THE WILD ONE!! wohoooo
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @6:06:58 PM
Guess it's time to take some more fiddle photos. Though it's the sound files on this one that'll tell the tale.
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