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Top view of flat-top balsa fiddle. 

Posted 12/8/2008 7:22:08 PM

The top is made of balsa covered with a veneer of walnut. The rest of the fiddle is a junker trade fiddle. Instead of f-holes, 'slices' where top meets waist. No overhang on the edges. No final varnish has been applied--what's visible here is a tinted-ground of egg white & gum arabic, using watercolors for color. There are patches where this ground didn't take--the walnut might've been oily or waxy, so I'll probably re-do the ground, wholly or just where the first application didn't take (after re-scraping those areas or using denatured alchohol to reduce oiliness). It has a normally-shaped spruce bassbar in the usual position, tho the bassbar obviously has a flat bottom. The soundpost is also of 'normal' size and placement, tho it's top is obviously flat. Where the soundpost meets the top, a square of walnut veneer, about .75" x .75", was used to prevent sinking-into the balsa. At first I had a chinrest on this fiddle, but then discovered it's very comfortable to play it without a chinrest. It's nice feeling the vibrations go right up through your jaw.

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1 comment on “Top view of flat-top balsa fiddle.”

superdave2112 Says:
Monday, April 6, 2009 @10:01:49 PM

Jane,

You're so cool!

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