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I Can't Leave Well Enough Alone, Can I? Part 3

Posted by fiddlepogo on Sunday, August 8, 2010

Well, I gigged a couple of times with the Knilling Bucharest (aka "Booker") with the finish thinned over the purfling and the cleaned up K. Holtz bow.  I'm getting much more low tones than I ever remember getting from this fiddle.  It's still within the range of being balanced, but stuff on the G string sounds meatier than it ever did on this violin before.

Wednesday I had a gig where I did a lot of waltzes and slow airs,  then today I attended a jam.  I also played twice outside under the awning of the historic mansion's visitor's center... not a gig,  just a place I like to play, and it was sounding good in all the situations. That's a relief, because sometimes one venue or playing situation will expose a flaw in the sound, when I thought it sounded good elsewhere.  I'm still hoping that if I play it enough with this bow, it'll get to where it responds better with the carbon fiber bow again, but we'll see.  In any case, I'm getting a sound that is inspiring more playing, and that's making the fiddle open up again more.  So I'm thinking the experiment was a success, although the need to switch bows had me worried.  So I've been able to refrain from thinning the finish over the f-holes anymore, figuring I'd better quit while I'm ahead!!!

And also.... have you noticed... there are other things I can't let well enough alone...

like bowing threads!!!!



1 comment on “I Can't Leave Well Enough Alone, Can I? Part 3”

mudbug Says:
Sunday, August 8, 2010 @5:41:05 AM

Oh, come now, Pogo! You haven't posted an in-depth, analyticle, encylopedic, erudite treatice on bowing in a looong time.....well, in quite some time, anyway......OK, maybe it's only been a few weeks, but just seems longer to fans of bowing threads.

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