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Which came first?

Posted by Moonpie50 on Thursday, September 15, 2011

You have always heard the sayin' which came first the chicken or the egg? I was sitting around thinking about this in the context of a fiddle today. Kinda weird eh? You know I have thought a lot about fiddles and spending money...I can really see how that you could unload a bunch of money on stuff and still end up with the same thing that you have had all along. It seems that a lot of people have many different ideas as to what a really good fiddle should sound like. But how do you obtain that? Because every fiddle I have heard all sounds different from one another. It seems to me that no two fiddles sound alike. Even if they are made by the same company.

I have heard cheap ones and expensive ones, as well as middle of the road ones. So how can one arrive at what is right or wrong? To me when you talk to different people who have played a while most feel that they have got some of the best ones around. Or that this person has this bow or that set of strings that are so much better than this.....or the sound of the fiddle more because of the way in which one plays one? Or what some has on their fiddles? I decided I am through with spending to much more money on anything else when it comes to fiddlin'.

I have made up my mind that my hopf that I originally started out with is the one that I love the best. Nuttin' special other than I like playin it the most. It's old and ugly but hey I like old and ugly lol!! So the most I think from here on out that I am gonna do is put some decent strings on it and up grade to a decent bow and be done with it. Then I am gonna play it until I go to my grave and be happy with it. 

2 comments on “Which came first?”

nancymae Says:
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @6:23:25 PM

GOOD FOR YOU MOONPIE!! Sometimes the things that we love are there all along. There is nothing wrong with how you feel. I keep thinking that I should buy another take out with me...but I don't want to NOT use my father's fiddle.

Look at Willie Nelson's guitar...the one his grandma played...with a hole..and looking like the strings are the only thing that holds it together.


bj Says:
Friday, September 16, 2011 @7:07:31 AM

Sometimes we have to try lots of other instruments in order to appreciate what we've got. ;-)

My fave french fiddle was my fourth fiddle, and I got it pretty early on (one and three were VSOs, and two was very good, but four blew two right outta the water.) Since I buy fiddles to fix and sell, I play a lot of 'em. Though a couple have been very nice, none has supplanted my fave frenchie. I did replace my #2 fairly recently with an early Suzuki, and it's nice, but frenchie is the one my hand always strays to when I pick up a fiddle. The #2 is the one brought to play when I'm gonna be outside or in a pub though.

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