Posted by bj on Sunday, September 12, 2010
It's a bit of a basket case. Yes, another Rescue Fiddle has come home to live with me.
It needs a separation repaired right at the center under where the tailpiece would be, it needs some attic-itis reglued where a rib is working loose where someone was injudicious with a chinrest clamp, it needs the fingerboard reglued, and it needs a nut. Then it needs to be set up properly.
I'm going to be doing the work myself, though I may chicken out when it comes to the setup, since I doubt I can get everything out of it that's there to get. It's for learning. And since I paid 30 bucks for it, there's little to lose.
The label inside, which actually looks like it might be original, says some stuff I can't read, then "Cremona 1661", which we all know is not when this fiddle was made. I suspect it's an early 20th century German trade fiddle, but the F holes don't read german, so I could be wrong. It's got that hard finish on that I don't like, but the wood is pretty, and the corners are blocked. Can't see what the bass bar looks like. Scroll seems to me slightly above average. Humming into it is producing some nice resonance.
In other news, I picked up another playing job. Surprised the hell outta me, even though Jane said she was referring me. Apparently this woman had heard us busking at Shadfest in Lambertville. I'll be playing from roughly 11Am to 3PM (with occasional breaks) on Saturday 9/18 at the Hartzell Strassburger Homestead's Festival in Hilltown Township PA, outside of Sellersville.
Last night I played for an hour and a half at the 1st Presbyterian Church's Hungarian Dinner. That's our deal with them, we "sing for our supper" which means playing at some of their events in exchange for use of their hall for our jams. The good news is that they also feed me. And I love stuffed cabbage! This time I was the only one who showed up to play. I neglected to send out a reminder, and it seems my group needs more mothering than they got and no one except me remembered.
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @3:58:34 PM
Nice looking ol' girl BJ. I bet she'll sing pretty.
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @4:12:03 PM
She's already had the snot played out of her. There's about a pound of rosin and dust buildup on her, and the bridge scratches are evidence she's been loved well at some point, so I suspect she will indeed sing pretty!
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @5:56:36 PM
I am glad to know that I am not the ONLY sucker for wayward fiddles. I have two or three in various states of disrepair but I couldn't just pass them up. It would be inhuman.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @11:03:33 AM
I'm sure he meant sucker in the NICEST way. :-) Good luck with it, BJ.
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