Posted by fiddlepogo on Monday, December 20, 2010
I guess I haven't been in a very bloggy mood lately.
Christmas tunes continue at gigs and in practice, but I have to admit I'm starting to tire of them, and I'm looking forward to getting back to a more normal repertoire.
Fiddle tweaks continue on both functioning fiddles. The Eastman has become somewhat clearer as a result and less nasal. It did well at a volunteer gig today. The E string isn't quite as clear as I'd like, but good enough, and the Eastman overall has a nice balance of a rich sound and clarity that is working well on slow tunes AND fiddle tunes. Versatility is a good thing.
Rain continues off and on- I'm glad for SOME breaks in the weather, though.
So far, both fiddles seem to be tolerating the wet weather better than usual. Perhaps they've been tweaked to the place where they are producing enough sound that a slight drop in resonance isn't so noticeable.
December is when the fruitless mulberry tree in our yard dumps it's leaves, so that's been an ongoing task that sometimes cuts into both my fiddling time and energy... but in some ways the upper body exercise has been doing me good- my practice sessions lately have been very vigorous and a lot of fun.
The Old Time jam went well last Saturday, and in fact has been better the last few months- there's a new guitarist in town that does a good job on fiddle tunes!!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @7:58:06 AM
I went on an e-string trying spree over the last few months, and found one that matches up great with Prims AND is super cheap (geez, under 3 bucks when they're NOT on sale!) AND can be bought locally! Surprise surprise, it's not a wound E but still behaves admirably. I've been using the Dogal E, the one with the red and blue label. So far I've had it on about two and a half months on my main fiddle and it's holding up well so far. If I get three months out of an E string, I'm pretty pleased. The local shop put all strings on sale for the month of December so I stocked up. I had also broken an A string and put a Dogal A on one of my fiddles, so it has Prim G and D and Dogal A and E. Works fine, and I'm actually thinking of making that my regular lineup. The Dogal A is just a tad more complex and sweeter than the Prim.
You might wanna put it in your e string tryout queue.
For the record, I've not been all that impressed with the BD 7207s, and I've tried them on three fiddles now. Left them on the one I play least just because I'm not buying strings again soon. I know you were having trouble finding them. I should mention though that Audubon gave very good service when I bought them online.
I'm glad you found a good guitarist. I just learned we're soon to lose ours. His house just sold and he's moving around 60 miles away, so we'll only see him at events. I'm happy for him and sad for us.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @8:06:46 AM
Morning, Michael, and here are my various responses. When it's soggy, I get bloggy. My Eastman is sounding "good" since I put Helicores on it and moved the soundpost so that it's at a 64.877 degree angle, the move making this fiddle sound full and sweet. I had a gorgeously incredible view of the moon last night, clear sky. Was it clear up under your sky, too? Yet more rain's a comin', so brace yourself. And how cool to have a guitarist who knows and plays the tunes! I hope you just get in some great playing in the year to come.
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