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Jul 11, 2017 - 12:13:32 PM

RichJ

USA

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Joined Aug 6, 2013

I realize these photos may not be enough to help identify this fiddle. Found it today at Brimfield, one of the largest flea markets in the US. The shape was more elongated than a German factory fiddles and it had a set of those odd ball, geared tuning machines (like Tommy Jarrell's in the Smithsonian). The fingerboard was some kind of hardwood, definitely not ebony. The fiddle was in rough shape - top and back plates mostly separated from the ribs. Probably could have picked it up for around $50, but I passed since I don't need another basket case at this point. .    




 

Edited by - RichJ on 07/11/2017 12:15:12

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:02:35 AM
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kjb

USA

449 posts
Joined Jun 8, 2013

now for something completely different , have no idea, but I am not good at that anyway, he must have had a hard time with soundpost setting?

Jul 12, 2017 - 2:10:23 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by kjb
 

now for something completely different , have no idea, but I am not good at that anyway, he must have had a hard time with soundpost setting?


It is interesting to see some of the damage done to fiddles in the  sound post f  hole areas... In days gone by, fiddlers often didn't have access to good luthiers and would do strange things in order  to keep an instrument playing.. I'll BET that a previous owner was obsessed with getting his sound post in the PERFECT spot but died never having found that spot.. Now that I think about it, I'm going to request that my coffin have a sound post in it.. you know, just because I was a fiddler..cheeky

Jul 13, 2017 - 4:47:44 AM

kjb

USA

449 posts
Joined Jun 8, 2013

unless they put some sort of mic or picup in it?   good idea about the coffin! I am getting burned so maybe I will put one in my pocket !

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:55:12 AM

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Joined Jun 26, 2007

 

No, that isn't post-setting damage, but it might be the result of it.

That hole looks to have been widened very deliberately with two long straight cuts, one with and the other diagonal to the grain.  Could be a repair which was begun but never finished, since it doesn't look like it ever had a patch in there.  Maybe decided not to bother with the patch since the bigger hole made it so much easier to set the post.  Or liked the sound of the fiddle better with that bit missing-- it certainly would have made a difference.

I like the look of the non-standard-wood fingerboard.  Hickory?  I think that's what Kay used on some cellos and basses.

Jul 14, 2017 - 1:59:37 AM
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Jimbeaux

Germany

78 posts
Joined May 24, 2016

Maybe that weird f-hole was a deliberate cut to stop a crack from spreading? 

Jul 14, 2017 - 9:32:56 AM

RichJ

USA

189 posts
Joined Aug 6, 2013

Interesting stories, but I guess no positive ID on this beast.

Oddly, enough I had another chance to buy it the following day in another field down the road. Dealers at Brimfield often move from field to field to take advantage of more people on different opening days.

This one was a package deal and I would have had to buy it with another junker and a bow for 100 bucks.

No way worth it for me.

Still, FAS was workin' hard on me and I would have loved to hear how it sounded with that enlarged F hole.

  

Edited by - RichJ on 07/14/2017 09:33:57

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:27:10 PM
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snowpig

USA

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Joined Jun 10, 2014


Maybe it was Clarence White's fiddle...

Steve

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