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Welcome Home, Wild One!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I finally got my german fiddle back from the fiddle doctor. She needed the bottom block rebuilt when the pin/tailpiece went PING!

It's been awhile. And now I remember what I've been missing. Wild One is AWESOME! Dark and deep and growly and made for modals, and sounding just as fabulous under my ear as she does when someone else plays her. And she plays like a dream.

Unfortunately her chinrest went missing, so Steve put one of his spares on, but . . . ack. It's shrimpy and low profile. But I'm so glad to have her back that I'll put up with it until mine turns up in that mess he calls a workshop. I can't rag on him about it now that I'm looking at my own desktop.

I've picked Wild One up for a quick tune a few dozen times today already, and WOW. I just fell head over heels in love all over again. I've got all the symptoms. Mooning at the keyboard, trying to keep my mind on work, but stealing glances at her constantly. Humming the tunes she knows best. Geez, I've got it bad.

It's the whole package, and it for sure isn't her looks. She's not the visual star of my fiddle party, but she does have a winsome appeal in her lightly figured back wood, and her blondish gold toned finish. But above all, it's her voice. Oh, that voice! Marlena Dietrich, eat your heart out!

Oh, here comes the urge again . . . gotta go fiddle . . .


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Playing Since: 2007
Experience Level: Purty Good

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Occupation: Web Developer

Gender: Female
Age: 67

My Instruments:
My main fiddle is a hard used but wonderfully sounding D. Salzard that's about 130 years old, with a one piece back to die for, and appears handmade. My second fiddle is a very early Suzuki Nippon that looks like it was repaired by a backyard body mechanic with Bondo and epoxy, but manages to sing quite nicely. And I have an early 20th c. German Strad which is plain-plain-plain until you put the bow to her, when she turns into Cinderella at the Ball, with Dark Rich Tone. And I've got a 4th fiddle that's a german trade fiddle, a project I am currently working on, and a 5th that's a german trade, probably a Mittenwald, that needs work that I picked up recently at the flea market. I've also got a couple basket cases that came in recently. One's repairable, an amateur made fiddle from New York, but it needs the whole pegbox/scroll grafted. The other is for parts.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
First and Foremost, the Gypsy King himself, Stefane Grapelli,
Stuff Smith,
John Hartford,
April Verch,
Regina Carter,
Joe Venuti,
Buddy Thomas,
Chubby Wise,
Owen Chapman,
Dwight Lamb,
Liz Carroll,
Tommy Jarrell,
Lester McCumbers,
Elmer Rich.
Snake Chapman,
Ed Haley,
Jehile Kirkhuff

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Web Developer, Junque Collector / Mad Recycler, and songwriter. I've been playing fiddle since September 2007. I run the Oldtime Jam in Easton PA at the 1st Presbyterian Church on Spring Garden Street and Bank Street, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7PM.

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