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New addition to the fiddle stable

Posted by Sassafrassa on Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hello, all.  I haven't written lately cause life has gotten crazy again. I had a lovely holiday break, but real life is back in gear.  I started back Monday to both my jobs, and it was a shock to the system! 

I traveled to TN to see my parents and brother over the holidays, and it was fun to see my brother's daughter--the one who is now taking violin lessons--playing her new fiddle.  She got it for her birthday in November.  What a great kid.  She's so interested in music--she's learning both violin and piano.  When I asked her what she wants to do with it (meaning do you want to be a musician for her profession) she said she wants to learn it for fun.  The perfect answer, of course. She has a great ear, and started her violin lessons right after Christmas.  I think she's had two so far.  Anyway, she had been picking out tunes on her fiddle, and played me Twinkle, Twinkle.  Sounded great.  She is afraid of her bow and needs to relax into it.  That will come in time and practice, but I think she will do great.  Very good intonation for someone just starting.  Better than me, for sure!!  I can't wait to hear her in a few months when I go back to visit in the spring.  She'll blow me out of the water.

The surprise of the holiday, was my little brother gave me a gift of a new violin.  I was shocked, as I really don't exchange gifts at the holidays.  I buy for the kids, but not for the adults.  We all have more than we need....   He had found a great deal on this Palatino VM855.  It was mis-priced, but the vendor honored it.  It was too big for Celia, but he said he wanted to give it to me, as he knew I was looking for a camping fiddle.  Wasn't that sweet? I have a pretty awesome little bro.  The fiddle has a shiny finish and a very bright sound.  But it's not bad tone wise. I have swapped out the strings for something better (still not right for this instrument, but better than what came on it), and I still need to get the bridge adjusted/fitted.  But I've been playing it off and on for the last two weeks, and it's getting better.  REALLY loud.  Especially compared to my first fiddle.  She's much earthier and darker sounding.

So, now there are two.  Maybe, if I put my two instrument together, I can start breeding them.  :)  

Thanks for reading, all.  Hope you are having a great New Year's so far. I'm betting that 2011 is gonna be awesome.

8 comments on “New addition to the fiddle stable”

bj Says:
Saturday, January 8, 2011 @10:30:42 AM

Try synthetic strings on that Palatino, they'll soften the tone some. Maybe Zyex or the Corelli Crystals.

Fiddles are like tribbles. They just magically appear when you least expect 'em!

cheekee Says:
Saturday, January 8, 2011 @11:48:54 AM

my fiddles seem to breed like pandas: next to never. maybe if someone played 'em nekkid in a stream somewhere, i would suddently begin to have more! ha ha. either that or i could watch out for them more...

that was indeed a nice gift from your baby brother. :-) enjoy!

Sassafrassa Says:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @6:45:52 AM

BJ--thanks for the advice on strings. I think the ones I have on it now are just too bright for the tone of this instrument. Tribbles!! I love that Star Trek episode. One of my favorites. May we all have tribbling fiddles

Cheekee--Yes, my brother is a sweetie, and his gift was totally unexpected. Nekkid Stream Fiddling sounds like it might work for some...though at my age, it might scare away any prospective fiddles!

richdissmore Says:
Monday, January 17, 2011 @11:04:46 AM

hi there one of the first things you should do is have it set up with what string you like .i like dominants rope core very soft yet strong they sound good to me that is what you want go with what ever you like

eerohero Says:
Monday, January 17, 2011 @12:52:37 PM

Dark sounded fiddle, I wish I will receive one as well, from some other source of course, my kid brother lost his life November 2009 at quite young age

A Hardball, which has affected my whole life, my Fiddle was the best consolation, I was thinking about playing on his funeral, my hands were shakin` too much.May your new fiddle bring you newfound inspiration

Sassafrassa Says:
Monday, January 17, 2011 @2:26:12 PM

Rich--I might try Dominants, as I have a set here from my last string change. I think they still have some life left in them.

eerohero--I'm sorry about your brother. I can't imagine trying to play for my own brother's funeral. I don't think I would be able to stop shaking either. Thanks for the good wishes, and I hope you find inspiration as well. I'm sure your brother is watching you in his own way, and enjoying your music.

richdissmore Says:
Monday, January 17, 2011 @3:53:30 PM

eerohero i feel for your loss my brother took his oun life i still can beleave it no one new he felt that way. igave him to god to deal with i could not its out of our hands and in his .

richdissmore Says:
Monday, January 17, 2011 @8:48:58 PM

let me know how he or she sounds that a fine gift a fiddle ihave two brother left one sister all of them are over 80 time flys don,t feel sorry for my brother it was his choise i miss him he was 3years older then me when eerohero sayed his brother died it remided me of the loss of mine it hurts butt life gos on i have one package of dominants hemp core no you can,t smoke them keep fiddlen

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