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It's all Academic . . .

Posted by bj on Monday, December 6, 2010

Lately I find I'm spending less and less time on the forum.


It seems the forum has been overrun by these academic discussions that only tangentially have to do with fiddle playing. They not only bore me to death, but they have so little to do with progressing anyone's skills or gaining a deeper understanding of the genre, the instrument, and the noises you can make with it that they just don't seem worth reading. What few other threads there are seem to be getting drowned out in this academic-sounding noise.

I dunno. Maybe I just get more out of actual fiddling than I do reading about it any more.

Well, that and doing fiddle rescue . . .

And there have been some "new" acquisitions. Reminds me of the old Star Trek episode entitled "The Trouble with Tribbles" since my house is becoming overrun with these. I'll post some photos when I get some time. Some of them are quite funny.

I may have to put a couple things up for sale just to make room and to acquire a cash stash for the purchase of some more luthiery tools.

Especially since Terry just keeps finding fiddles at the flea markets and gifting me with them. Though he did say he's got a bow for me . . .

26 comments on “It's all Academic . . .”

Cyndy Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @8:48:59 AM

I read that sentence as "Some of them are quite furry." THAT I wanted to see!

richdissmore Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @8:57:50 AM

your becomeing a luthier fixing all those fiddles your friend brings you fix what you can you will find buyers for them unwanted and unloved fiddles i,m sure you will find homes for the fiddles and good luck i remember that star trek episode you tribble are fiddles that not so bad they wount eat you out of house and home after i heard your song your pertty good keep fiddleing

bj Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @9:21:39 AM

What's the difference between a Tribble and a Fiddle Rescue? The Tribble is furry on the OUTside.

Cyndy Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @9:36:59 AM


richdissmore Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @11:34:56 AM

thats a good one

fiddlepogo Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @12:30:10 PM

The tone of the threads is dictated by who starts 'em.
Hard to make a practical thread out of a theoretical beginning.
But starting threads isn't that easy. To me, theoretical topics
are better than no topics at all.
But start some practical ones, and I'll try to keep my contributions practical...
although I can't promise they won't be controversial!

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @12:44:09 PM

I'm commenting less, posting less mainly because I now know everything. I can even read all the notes on the tribble clef.

bj Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @12:47:54 PM

I agree that the tone of the threads is dictated by who starts 'em, but the tone is validated by those who respond. And respond. At great length. Again. And again. And again.

bj Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @12:48:29 PM

I love that tribble clef . . .

BC Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @2:13:31 PM

Myself, I enjoy the academic (as well as all the other types) discussions; but thats just me. We're all wired differently. But regarding Tribbles, PLEASE remember they're like rabbits.....

bj Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @2:56:16 PM

BC, I realized I should have said Aspiring To Be Academic. ;-)

As to tribbles being like rabbits . . . TOO LATE!

PS. I love you

Tennessee Tom Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @5:57:17 PM

If you're talkin bout Star Trek and fiddles, you've got my attantion. Please post some more pics of your fiddle restoration efforts.

robinja Says:
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 @12:04:04 PM

I was wondering what you've been up to! I have read most of the posts (although I do have 3 paragraph limit or so on my attention span.) I thought the "trying to play with a rough tone on purpose" (or whatever the exact name was) was a very interesting post, but I'm not sure how it led into arguments over what is and what is not old time fiddling, ad nauseum. I'm somewhat timid about posting myself - partly because I don't have enough time, energy, or desire to defend myself for 12 pages! Glad to hear you're staying out of trouble and having fun. Clifftop next year???

bj Says:
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 @12:15:33 PM

Judy, I'd love to meet up with you there. Keep your fingers crossed that this economy starts turning around and things start looking up, so I can take more trips.

Tom, I'll get around to posting some photos soon. I've got one fiddle that's in process that's a fairly major repair. And I've got a chance to watch Mr. Doddy rehair a bow soon. I may take some photos of that if he lets me.

Shawn Craver Says:
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 @5:03:22 PM

Yes, and the threads are so repetitive.
Threads repeating the same things over and over again.
The same points made again and again.
Rants that have already been ranted.
Discussions of the same old stuff.
Just rehash and more rehash of whats already been said.
These topics are so repetitous and redundant.
Reading them is like reading the same sentence multiple times.
A hamster wheel of viewpoints going round and round.
You won't find me repeating myself over and over.

bj Says:
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 @5:13:18 PM

Yeah, Shawn, I'm finding it a lot more fun reading blogposts of the people I like on this site, stuff is much more personal and engaging. I hope you blog more, I always enjoy your viewpoint. And you better let me know next time you visit up PA way . . .

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 @2:13:28 PM

You said it, Shawn, for I'm done repeating myself--that is to say, I shan't say the same thing, in exactly the same way, again and again, all along realizing that if I just say something again, and not again and again, then perhaps I'm not saying it over and over--thusly, I hereby and forsooth swear off all repetitious and o'er and o'er stuffage! N'er again shall I rehash the hash, repeat the repetitive, discuss the disgustedly discussed already, tout the oft-touted topic, sentence the same sentence, hamster wheel the ham. Lead me to the trough of personal and engaging postage. I'm here to eat.

mudbug Says:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 @4:06:39 PM

I think it's like that high priced coffee, that's been through the digestive tracks of civits. Thers good stuff in there, ya just gotta pick through the feces.

bj Says:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 @8:03:56 PM

What kind of coffee is that? If I'm gonna pay a bunch for coffee, I don't want no sh*t in it.

Humbled, you leave me . . . breathless.

Mandogryl Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @3:19:47 AM

I know what you mean about time on FHO. I love the community and the people, but I just don't seem to
come every day any more. There just doesn't seem to be much that I can add to advance a conversation, and not many threads that I find interesting. I do like Maestronet alot, but am not knowledgable enough yet to register.
Re fiddle rescue, I kick myself for not acquiring a really bad one at Lambertville last time I was there.
It was really bad, and I would have loved to take it on. I am glad to hear you are doing this work, BJ. That Magginni I rebuilt is a cannon and fiddlers who hear it all want to try it out. Let me know if you have any really bad and challenging ones you want to cull out. Keep up the good work.

bj Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @5:08:23 AM

Oh, you mean like the one with ALL the ribs coming completely unshaped and unglued, the loose neck, the cracked pegbox, the cracked top and back, the top off and a carved in bassbar, almost no finish left on it, and a distinct smell of floodwater? I had decided to use this for parts, but there's not a single peg, no saddle, no nut, and the fingerboard appears to be superglued on. I had half decided to use the wood for carving bassbars, making cleats and the like, and the rest for patches of one sort or another, but somehow it's still sitting there.

bj Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @5:09:28 AM

Hmm. Terry gave me this basket case. I wonder if it's the one you looked at, LOL!

Andah1andah2 Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @9:31:12 AM

Only someone as cool as you BJ, could have this many responses to one blog post :) Just look at the variety of responses here, from lutherie (luthery?) to trekkie to Mudbug's poo poo humor (an art form in itself). You just gotta keep posting. You just gotta...

I continue to monitor and post here because I still hope that just reading these posts will make me fiddle better. I find some posts mundane but there is often something each day that I enjoy reading. This site must complete my perpetual cycle of online surfing. First, to find out that it going to be cold today and tomorrow, then amazon to look at things that I don't really need, then youtube to watch people fiddle better than I ever will, then here.

bj Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @2:10:02 PM

I dunno why I attract the attention I do on this blog, and oddly it's not limited to this post. Though it's cool you think I'm cool, Stew, truth is I'm pretty ordinary! I think it must be Humbled. He's the one who attracts all this craziness. And for some reason he keeps coming back to my blog much like the neighborhood stray cats show up on my porch to be fed.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @2:51:38 PM

And I'm most proud to be in the company of neighborhood stray cats! It's a step up, in my estimation, from my usual. However, what craziness doth I attract? What confounds me is that so many, for so long, in so many ways, pretend that they are not crazy! I'd ruther radiate ridiculousity 'round the room many other things. Someone should, anyways.

bj Says:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 @2:58:02 PM

And you do it SO WELL!

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