Posted by Mandogryl on Sunday, May 30, 2010
I was playing music with an elderly man, he on guitar, me on fiddle, a few months ago. He sang his old songs, and was ‘moved’ at the end, as it brought back memories of his youth. I am a very patient person, and I allowed this to take place, without any temptation to launch into one of my lightening fast Scottish reels. I just let him reminisce, and all I did was to back him up. At the end he mentioned having an old fiddle somewhere, probably in the attic (ugh), and that if he could find it he would give it to me “…for spare parts…” as he knew that I liked building stringed instruments.
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @6:22:19 AM
Congradulations on letting this man have the jam. Musical moments can be powerful for those that don't get them often. That must be very satisfying, working on instruments.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @11:56:39 AM
Stephanie, I'm reading "[I will] remove the neck and the back and restore te rib glue joints, checking...." Do you know what would happen if I tried any of this stuff? I tip me hat to those of you who can remove necks and restore glue joints, really. I'm downright proud when I change a light bulb successfully.
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @6:27:31 PM
Let us know what you decide to do about the wood loss around the bridge area. I am a self taught maker so I am always looking to see what the other person is doing.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @5:10:10 AM
My friend and a luthier, Maggio, told me that a fiddle back should never be removed. I don't know what his reasoning is, but he did say it had to do with structural integrity. Anyway, I offer that for whatever you can make of it.
Re refinishing, IMHO I believe it's better for things (and people) to show their age. Trying to make old things look like they're new is an unfortunate reflection of our throwaway society.
I do hope you can get it playing. Your friend who gave it to you might really be tickled to hear it singing sweetly again. And a lot of the players who play oldtime love those old maggini copies, so I suspect you'll like the sound you get out of it.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @7:55:15 AM
Wow...a freebee. I'm hoping you have a nice treasure there. What creative fun to be skilled enough to work on it. Please let us know how it sounds when you're done.
That other one you've made from scratch is a honey. Reminds me of a bee. I once had a violin teacher who was advising on tonalizations and said to think of bees buzzing as you hug those strings. How apt
john timpany Says:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @7:43:19 PM
"When the old gentleman mentioned giving me a fiddle my first reaction was oh, no to myself" - yes, that would be my first reaction too :)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 @12:51:10 PM
The prevailing opinion that I've been receiving from luthiers is indeed to leave that lower plate on the rim. THis means that I will not regraduate it. I did selectively thin the top, though, since it was off the instrument, but I did not take the top as thin as I would have liked as the spruce is rather road weary. But the new bass bar was installed today, and I should have her closed up in about a week. Thanks all for looking.
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