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Triple the fun!

Posted by bj on Saturday, February 5, 2011

Went on a dinner date with my sweetie last night, and, as has become habit, I came home with some goodies-- a stainer copy to fix (which wasn't a gift this time, but I'll make some dough on the sale when it's ready) along with four bows and a tenor banjo that needs work, that will, again, make me some dough after I fix it and it's sold.

Only one bow, an old german bow that was in the Stainer's case, had hair. Terry did say that if I liked the bow, I could keep it. This bow looks like it might be pernambuco. It plays well, tracks well, stays on the strings well, and has a nice stiffness, though I can't say it brings out tone better on my Salzard fiddle than the bows I'm currently playing, it's just a bit weak on that fiddle, but certainly would be okay for a spare.

But then I tried it on my JTL. I keep the JTL in crosstuned A, and the JTL has a slightly flatter bridge than the Salzard. I decided to give the bow a workout with a tune I can play in my sleep at a clip that would almost keep up with Michael Cleveland-- Old Joe Clark.

What's that? A really FAT sound? Much fatter than usual . . . hmm, it sounds like . . . no, can't be . . . but it sure sounds like it . . . nah, can't be . . .  yeah, it is! I'm playing THREE strings at a time! DANG! WOOHOO! HOT DAMN!

Put it down for awhile. Picked it up again, figuring I was imagining things.

I wasn't.

I can easily play three strings with this bow on the JTL fiddle, and also on my 'merican fiddle. And I'm not hitting the stick. I have no clue what magic causes this, but I hope it doesn't go away when it gets its unfortunately needed rehair!

9 comments on “Triple the fun!”

mudbug Says:
Sunday, February 6, 2011 @7:48:32 AM

Three strings? Aren't you being a mite greedy. I'm still struggling with two. :-)

bj Says:
Sunday, February 6, 2011 @12:57:13 PM

I've been doing this on a crosstuned A fiddle, so . . . no triple stops for this girl.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, February 18, 2011 @9:20:52 AM

1) Try to relax when you tune; you don't have to be cross whilst doing it. 2) Who's this Terry fellow. Give us a full description to see if he'll measure up to our standards. 3) Fat sounds are good, pleasing to the ears, and easier on our eardrums--as scientific studies have shown. 4) Three strings at a time? How in the hel...helpful ways that you do what you do, do you do that?

bj Says:
Friday, February 18, 2011 @9:38:31 AM

Humbled, you sound . . . jealous!

Terry is an antique dealer I know from my antiqueing activities. He specializes in guns, knives, swords and military memorabilia, and sure has a lotta that stuff . . . and has been known to point that out if there's another male sniffing 'round. ;-)

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, February 18, 2011 @10:18:20 PM

Green with envy...but why green? From wherest doth that saying come? And in other news, my fiddle book has a Russian fiddle tune which features four strings being played at once (I think it's Russian). Wow. How you play four at once?

mudbug Says:
Saturday, February 19, 2011 @4:57:56 AM

Curt, I've seen vids on this. You undo your frog, wrap around the neck and re-attach with stick on backside of neck.

Also, green, because that is the color of toads, who (or which) because of their mating rituals are referred to as hor... oh, never mind.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Saturday, February 19, 2011 @4:18:44 PM

Undo my frog? Hey, this is a family-friendly place...oh the FROG...okay.

bj Says:
Saturday, February 19, 2011 @4:46:36 PM

Watch it, Steve, Humbled has already got his mind in the gutter . . . he doth protest too much . . .

mudbug Says:
Sunday, February 20, 2011 @5:09:09 AM

Et tu, Brute?

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