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Made the mistake of trying a nicer fiddle- Scott Cao STV-600.

Posted by fiddlepogo on Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I stopped by the local music store that occasionally has a nicer student violin in the $500 to $1,200 range.  They have a Scott Cao STV-600 for $695.  It didn't work for me last time I tried it, but having acquired a lighter touch with the new bow, it was working last night, even with the synthetic strings.  It felt like it was wanting to take me in new directions... more pretty waltzes, mebbe even Irish tunes.  Scary!!



8 comments on “Made the mistake of trying a nicer fiddle- Scott Cao STV-600.”

mudbug Says:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 @3:07:24 PM

Yeah, Pogo! Way to go, Bro! All those beautiful waltzes and slow aires are calling to you. Bali-Hai.

BC Says:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 @3:10:25 PM

I can hear it from way over here. Buy me! Buy me!

OTJunky Says:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 @4:34:49 PM

Yeah - you're toast....

Not much doubt you're going to be poorer by $700.00 unless the wife can put a stop to it...

--OTJ

SMDTMTL Says:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 @6:29:12 PM

A good fiddle will get you through times with no money better than money will get you through times without a good fiddle.

fiddlepogo Says:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 @10:49:57 PM

Well... I dunno. I HAD been thinking of a Rosalia by Westcoast Strings.
There may be some to try more than an hour away.
I may see if I can trade something... "Stinky" perhaps... or an electric guitar.
(I still have four, and I'm not playing any of them very much)
It's in a music store that does the conventional guitar type sales, plus piano and violin to cater to the parents/kids/musiclessons thing. So MAYBE I can shave some money off with a trade.

The sun came out today, and I just had a good practice session with "Booker" the Rumanian Knilling. (Booker doesn't like high humidity!) Totally different sound and feel- very intense... maybe a touch of Jean Carignan in the bow attack.
I don't want to lose that sound, but I do want to develop further as a fiddler in different directions, and the Scott Cao would definitely allow me to do that.
And I think it would satisfy my fiddle needs for a LONG time.

The price for the fiddle alone is actually $659... maybe the $695 would get me the case and no bow.

brya31 Says:
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @2:19:45 AM

Poor stinky : ( He's now the black the sheep.

fiddlnbanjo Says:
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @11:02:02 AM

ie; "favorite Bands/Musicians,,,i never of any of the musicians except Jehile, Tommy Jarrett, 'course my experience don't mean much, lol...is their music around on you tube?

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @12:51:33 PM

William Stepp and Luther Strong were from Kentucky and recorded for the Library of Congress-
some of their stuff is at the Juneberry 78's listening room.
Bunt Stephens only recorded a couple of 78's- Candy Girl, Sail Away Ladies, and maybe one other. Franklin George was from West Virginia and was active in the '70s- I heard him at a folk festival- I think he's on YouTube. Earl Collins was a fiddler from Oklahoma but his style was taken almost exclusively from his daddy's Missouri fiddling. He was filmed in L.A. by Bess Lomax Hawes, and you can buy the film on some folklore website- I have it.
Tom Sauber also recorded him in L.A. Tom still lives in L.A., and performed with Tom, Brad, and Alice, but played banjo. He plays Old Time and transitional or traditional Bluegrass.
John W. Summers had an LP out, but I think it's out of print- he was from Indiana, but I've heard some of his stuff online. Jean Carignan is French Canadian but I heard an LP of his in the college library, and I love the energy he played with. He's on YouTube.
Last I heard Molk wasn't playing anymore, but Brian "Hawk" Hubbard has started playing again and has a MySpace page. Erynn Marshall is on YouTube (and here- she's on my friends list) Matt Brown has a couple of CD's on CDBaby, Chirps Smith has CDs and is on here too,
and Michael Garvin is on YouTube, MySpace, and has a page here.

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