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Feb 9, 2020 - 10:42:30 AM
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WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

I attached an extension to a low cost copy of a Kun shoulder rest just for the heck of it. My homemade, freebie fiddle weighs 22 oz and is extremely "peg box heavy". The modified shoulder rest works really well on it and on my other fiddle. The strip is a piece of .040", 2024 T3 aluminum and it's screwed on in two places through holes drilled in the shoulder rest.

I've got some self adhesive Velcro around the shop somewhere so, for my next experiment, I think I'll give that a try. Then the strip could be pealed off and everything would fit in most cases.


 


Feb 9, 2020 - 3:25:11 PM
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LukeF

USA

59 posts since 10/15/2019

Great minds think alike. I modified my shoulder rest in a similar fashion. It works really well.


 

Feb 9, 2020 - 3:35:11 PM
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WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by LukeF

Great minds think alike. I modified my shoulder rest in a similar fashion. It works really well.


Great minds.   I'll tell my wife that you agree with mesurprise

Yours is a bit cleaner than my installation.  But, they both function the same I'd bet.

Tell me about your fiddle.   Carbon Fiber for sure.  What make?

I tried the lowest cost Glasser Carbon Fiber fiddle.  It had a easy playing neck and looked really cool but the E and A string rang really hollow and echoy.   I was looking for a fiddle that I didn't have to worry about in regards to temperature and humidity changes.  I sent it back and ordered a lower cost, conventional fiddle to take outside to jams and have consigned myself to using Bovida packs.

Good job!

Feb 9, 2020 - 5:07:14 PM

LukeF

USA

59 posts since 10/15/2019

Hi Bob:

Yes, it is a carbon fiber violin from Mezzo-forte. I love it. It is less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity. It holds tuning better than my wood violin. There are lots of Youtube videos that will give you an idea what they sound like, very clean, crisp, and very responsive. It came with Evah Pirastro strings. But it cannot replicate the sound of a comparably priced wood violin. I'm not saying it sounds better or worse. It sounds different.

Feb 9, 2020 - 5:38:59 PM

WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

Luke.  Nice fiddle.  But, at my stage in life, way out of the question, price wise.

I bought my first fiddle in Aug. 2019 at age 72.  I've played old time music on the banjo for 8 years and, due to the outstanding fiddle players I've been privileged to play with, became fascinated with the fiddle so decied to buy one.

It's been a great adventure and I'm having a blast.  I look forward to playing every day.

Feb 9, 2020 - 8:58:23 PM

LukeF

USA

59 posts since 10/15/2019

Bob:

I admire you for taking up the challenge of playing fiddle at your advanced age. I agree with you that it is a fun instrument. Enjoy the journey!

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:29:24 AM
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WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

You callin' me old, ya young whipper snapper?

Oh, wait. I guess I am easing out of middle age, aren't I?surprise   That was made very plain to me after I had cataract surgery on both eyes in Dec.  the first time I looked in a mirror.   There was a strange lookin' guy in the mirror that looked like my dad.  Yikes!

Taking up the fiddle seemed like a much better thing to do than sitting on a park bench feeding pigeons or yelling at you dang kids to keep off my lawnlaugh

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:02:20 AM
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Old Scratch

Canada

612 posts since 6/22/2016

Hey - 72 is the new 71, remember?

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:50:41 AM
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WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

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Originally posted by Old Scratch

Hey - 72 is the new 71, remember?


Uhhh, no.       I forgotfrown

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:26:47 AM
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Old Scratch

Canada

612 posts since 6/22/2016

@WyoBob Yeah ... that's what happens when you get to the new 71 ... !

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:18:37 PM

8 posts since 10/4/2018

Some years ago got a bit frustrated playing waltz stuff and playing up on the neck so I modified the Kon by welding a piece of stainless steel just bendy enough to hold its shape and then just used electrical tape and a little bolt to attach it on the Kon.
I noticed that all of them, including mine have a long end to go on shoulder and short end landing on the chest.
Yeh . . . great to see others working out the same problems in the older DIY style of "Ill just make it myself!


Feb 10, 2020 - 4:22:47 PM
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169 posts since 4/15/2019

I took up fiddle playing in Aug. 2018 at age 75. Gave me a new lease on life. Figure if I live to be 125 I might be able to play something recognizable.

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:31:10 PM
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WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

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Originally posted by old cowboy

I took up fiddle playing in Aug. 2018 at age 75.


Cool, old cowboy.   

You can call me "kid".

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:10:46 PM

4837 posts since 9/26/2008

quote:
Originally posted by WyoBob

You callin' me old, ya young whipper snapper?

Oh, wait. I guess I am easing out of middle age, aren't I?surprise   That was made very plain to me after I had cataract surgery on both eyes in Dec.  the first time I looked in a mirror.   There was a strange lookin' guy in the mirror that looked like my dad.  Yikes! 


Geez, way to make a guy feel old. I'm having cataract surgery number two on Wednesday at the ripe old age of 54! smiley I look forward to ditching the (literally) 1/2 inch thick lenses. 

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:02:10 AM

42 posts since 9/4/2007

I am interested in this, but can't quite visualize how they work in playing position. Would it be possible for you to show the violin and shoulder rest in actual playing position while being used? Don't need a video (though that would be fine) but a photo while being played would be helpful.

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:16:20 AM
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WyoBob

USA

128 posts since 5/16/2019

Geez, way to make a guy feel old. I'm having cataract surgery number two on Wednesday at the ripe old age of 54! smiley I look forward to ditching the (literally) 1/2 inch thick lenses. 

What happens if you're caught in the wilds of Iowa and need to start a fire?

I still have to wear bifocals but they are thinner due to the extra cost Toric lenses that I bought that reduce or eliminate astigmatism.  I can see distance ok without glasses but still need them to read but I got tired of looking for my reading glasses so went with bifocals.  Not a problem as I've worn bifocals since I was 10.

Pete, here's the picture you wanted.  I could cut a few inches off the metal strip and it would work fine.


May 9, 2020 - 9:33:20 AM

67 posts since 4/7/2016

quote:
Originally posted by old cowboy

I took up fiddle playing in Aug. 2018 at age 75. Gave me a new lease on life. Figure if I live to be 125 I might be able to play something recognizable.


You are my hero.   

I will be 73 next week.

May 13, 2020 - 10:04:18 AM

1794 posts since 8/27/2008

You inspired me to try the same. Long ago I bought a bon musica rest and hated it. But I did like the concept of hooking over your shoulder. So yesterday I fashioned a piece of brass about an inch wide with a hole in one end that lets it attach to my Kun by screwing the foot on through it. It's bent about 90 degrees for a couple inches down then flaired slightly out for an inch. I covered that inch end with a plactic cover from an old sprong clamp and it looks almost pro.

May 13, 2020 - 2:20:50 PM
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8702 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by old cowboy

I took up fiddle playing in Aug. 2018 at age 75. Gave me a new lease on life. Figure if I live to be 125 I might be able to play something recognizable.


Remember, it only has to be recognizable to YOU..heart

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