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The Stockdale has come home . . .

Posted by bj on Wednesday, August 6, 2008

It's tuned low for now, to give the neck a chance to set well. Sounds really weird to play it now, but boy it feels good in my hands! I love this fiddle. And I can't wait to hear what she'll sound like when I can tune her up. Meanwhile I'm probably going to start working on crosstuning with her, pick one of the lower cross tunings. She's tuned a full two steps lower than normal right now. Feel free to suggest which crosstuning to play with, I haven't tried any of 'em yet. As long as it's low, to give the neck a chance to settle in.

And while I was there, I had Steve give the "new" Salzard fiddle a once over. Apparently there's no real work needed on this one, though he did say that I could choose for him to shim up the fingerboard a bit since it sits just a bit low at the bridge end. The neck is solid though, and he actually suggested leaving it be, since it barely impacts the action at all. I expected the neck might need some work after what the gal I bought it from told me, but Steve said no. I'm amazed. Totally amazed.

Steve used the mirror to see inside and said the top was in fine shape other than the couple little mouse nibbles that had been repaired on the treble f hole. He tweaked the soundpost for me and adjusted the bridge by around a 16th of an inch and now that I've got Prims on it, it's a really strong sounding fiddle, with a long ringing sustain. Nothing meek or mellow about this one now! It's amazing what a little attention from the guy who actually KNOWS what he's doing can do for a fiddle. This is a very strongly voiced fiddle, while still sounding sweet and pretty. And after hearing him play it (doing his usual left handed fumble) and hearing how wonderful it sounds, it for sure is a keeper.

Damn, I am surrounded by riches . . .

Oh, and my original China Cheapie is going off to a deserving home tomorrow. I'm passing it on, for the cost of shipping it, to a young guy in college who already plays banjo (so he already knows it's work to learn an instrument!) and who wants to learn fiddle. That shiny little thing got me started, so I'm sure Andrew will do just fine with it, even if he does suffer from sore fingers! At least he's got some calluses built up. And when he's ready to upgrade he'll pass it on to someone else who wants to learn . . .



2 comments on “The Stockdale has come home . . .”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Thursday, August 7, 2008 @8:43:39 PM

I suggest GDGD, FCGD, or DDAD.

bj Says:
Thursday, August 7, 2008 @8:51:26 PM

Hmm. All except FCGD sound like they'll be too high for the next week or so. And I might should wait a few days or so before I tune up to FCGD. Hmm. What songs are usually played in that one?

Maybe I should just be patient for a change. :-) I do have another fiddle to play.

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