I've been checking out FH for some time and have been impressed with the honest, open, and very informative discussions on all aspects of fiddle making, repairing, and playing. Not to mention everyone is also so dang nice that I can hardly believe my eyes when I read the dicussions! A welcome change from the extremely polarized rantings in todays political discussions. I along with my good friend Brian Bishop ( another newbie) make up the fiddle dept. at Elderly Instruments in Lansing MI and we look forward to making new friends and hearing comments from all the great people on FH. I will try to post some photos on some Elderly projects I'm working on and let people know about some cool fiddles that come through the shop. We get some very interesting stuff. We also welcome any constructive criticism. Bye for now and I look forward to hearing from you all.10 comments
Playing Since: 1966
Experience Level: Purty Good
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Occupation: Violin Repair/Musician
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I started playing guitar in 65 or 66, learned the garage band tunes of the time,did that for 5 or 6 years until I heard Doc Watson and I was hooked on fiddle tunes for many years. I started playing clawhammer banjo around 74 and played that for quite a few years, joined the Lost World String Band about 77 or 78 on banjo, did that for a few more years till I switched over to mandolin and also started playing the fiddle in there somewhere. The Lost World traveled around the midwest and the east coast performing the standard mix of gigs for the working string band of the time,lots of fun, very rewarding, somewhere in there I started working at a local violin shop and learned how to fix fiddles. I now do most of the violin repairs for Elderly Instruments. I still play lots of mandolin, mostly swing,jazz, celtic, Greek, Brazilian, whatever I can find the time to learn. Also am playing some jazz guitar, and doing lots of fiddle repair through Elderly and private customers. Not a day goes by that I don't think of how lucky I am to be connected to music in these different ways.
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