I had a crazy intuition to sand some on the ends of my main Knilling's bridge (Booker, the Romanian one) in a certain way, and lo and behold, it improved the tone quite a bit more that I would've thought the little bit of wood removed would accomplish. It seems to have a bit more midrange, but not too much, not so thin sounding. The really great thing is that the fiddle sounds a lot better in the key of D now... before, it would sound quite good in G or A modal, but not so good in D or A.
And that wasn't good, since I know a lot of D tunes.
This has resulted in some long practice sessions with things sounding pretty good.
I tried to do the same thing to Stinky, and it seemed to help the problematic E string, but then I chipped out part of the bridge on the treble side, and it doesn't sound so good now.
I think maybe Stinky needs a new bridge AND a new soundpost- the soundpost has a chip out of it too!!!
Last week I substitute hosted someone else's jam (he had a gig) and it went well, but it felt a lot like one of my jams since mostly my people showed up!
Today was the Old Time jam, and it went pretty well, considering I was tired. Part of it may have been I had a good warm-up practice session beforehand.
We even did more fiddle tunes than normal, which felt good for a change... more like an Old Time jam SHOULD!!!
Another serendipitous thing: a few days ago I remembered a tune I'd heard years ago and was able to find the notes on the fiddle, but I didn't have a clue what the name of it was.
Then a very short time later, WoodshopFiddler responded to the previous blog entry (THANK YOU!!!) and suggested a website with "Southwest" tunes (Lamancusa's site, I think). I went there, found other tunes besides Southwest tunes, and one of the first ones I click on was Leake County Two Step... bingo, that was the one I remembered.
That sure didn't take long!!!4 comments
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