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Mar 4, 2020 - 9:04:39 AM
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851 posts since 8/11/2009

I like looking at fiddles, I just do. So show me what you got. To get it going, here's a 1920s domestic fiddle made in Kansas City, Mo, flanked by 2 Markneukirchen Amati copies, one stamped EHRoth, the other almost exactly the same instrument, but no stamp.


Mar 4, 2020 - 11:48:59 AM
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James H. Reed, the son of noted old time fiddler Henry Reed, made this fiddle in Saint Marys, West Virginia in 2002.  I've owned it - or it has owned me - since November 2019

 


 

Edited by - brooklynbanjoboy on 03/04/2020 11:50:13

Mar 4, 2020 - 12:35:53 PM
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4 posts since 2/9/2019

Custom 2019 Hoyt fiddle, left-handed, chicken head. Thanks Zachary Hoyt I can’t say that enough.


Mar 4, 2020 - 12:39:45 PM
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wilbur

USA

5 posts since 2/20/2018

The lion fiddle


Mar 4, 2020 - 2:50:09 PM
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8801 posts since 3/19/2009

I love those figurine heads...too bad that it doesn't always equate to good sound!!!..

Mar 4, 2020 - 5:17:32 PM
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Originally posted by TuneWeaver

I love those figurine heads...too bad that it doesn't always equate to good sound!!!..


Fiddle sounds great-it's my bad playing that's the problem haha

Mar 4, 2020 - 8:24:34 PM
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25 posts since 8/25/2019

A few of the photos I took of my violin a couple weeks ago. These were for my high school's photo club. Our assignment was still life photos. Sorry if they're too professional. My playing is not at the same level as my photography abilities, I promise!

As for the instrument, I don't know the history. I got it from a local music store, but there is no luthier label. The only pro to this is that I can assume a great luthier made it.




 

Mar 5, 2020 - 5:37:23 AM
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carlb

USA

2268 posts since 2/2/2008

A couple of lion heads


Mar 5, 2020 - 6:04:41 AM
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Now we have proof positive that lion heads do contribute to fine fiddling. Of course, even a two dollar fiddle in Carl's hands would sound good, but that does not falsify the proposition that lion heads make it even better.

Mar 5, 2020 - 6:46:32 AM

851 posts since 8/11/2009

Man, you all got a bunch of fine looking instruments! Anybody out there with Stainers or Hopfs, or even cigar box fiddles? The small stylistic differences are so interesting.

Mar 5, 2020 - 7:05:54 AM
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1911 Wilhelm Durer Strad Copy. Got it in September 2019.

 

 





 

Edited by - brooklynbanjoboy on 03/05/2020 07:07:14

Mar 5, 2020 - 8:12:43 AM
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217 posts since 6/21/2012

Slàinte Mhath!


 

Mar 5, 2020 - 8:30:26 AM
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DougD

USA

9831 posts since 12/2/2007

This is a 19th century German violin, similar to the Hopf model.


Mar 5, 2020 - 7:50:11 PM
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59 posts since 11/19/2019

Here are my two fiddles. Don't know exactly how old the Hopf is, but is old. Much prettier in pics than in person. Pretty battle scarred- it's been heavily played during its life.

My Spanish fiddle is new. I'm its first owner. It is loud.






Mar 6, 2020 - 12:42:40 PM
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227 posts since 9/6/2011

Mine was LOUD!


 

Mar 6, 2020 - 4:01:58 PM
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DougD

USA

9831 posts since 12/2/2007

Here's another old German fiddle, exact origin unknown. I don't think its really a Stainer model, but you might be able to see that it has that high, somewhat abrupt arching in the top. The action of this instrument is somewhat seasonally unstable, which my luthier told me is sometimes a problem with that model.


Mar 6, 2020 - 6:38:25 PM
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851 posts since 8/11/2009

Imapicker2, my dog, Harvey, tolerates the fiddle quite well, but always makes grunting, disgusted sort of noises and leaves the room when I start playing the banjo, lol.

Mar 7, 2020 - 5:45:43 AM
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8801 posts since 3/19/2009

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Imapicker2, my dog, Harvey, tolerates the fiddle quite well, but always makes grunting, disgusted sort of noises and leaves the room when I start playing the banjo, lol.


There are no dogs in my home for that exact reason.....fear of the ASPCA..

Mar 7, 2020 - 9:26:59 AM
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217 posts since 6/21/2012

When my cats stopped hanging upside down from the ceiling every time i played I knew I was finally getting somewhere with the fiddle.

Mar 7, 2020 - 9:49:18 AM
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DougD

USA

9831 posts since 12/2/2007

Maybe you folks need to try a different brand of strings!


Mar 7, 2020 - 11:00:11 AM
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227 posts since 9/6/2011

WOW! Doug knows something that I don't know. The pied fiddler of Tennessee.

My neighbor has 9 cats,3 dogs,2 goats and a pot belly pig. I sure hope that I don't accidently try his brand of strings on my fiddle one of these days.

Edited by - imapicker2 on 03/07/2020 11:01:04

Mar 7, 2020 - 12:26:50 PM
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217 posts since 6/21/2012

Wow Doug, that’ll be a fine day if it ever happens at my house!

Mar 7, 2020 - 12:34:28 PM
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4885 posts since 9/26/2008

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Maybe you folks need to try a different brand of strings!


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I rescued a new dog recently and he seems to love music. Ukulele band, bluegrass band AND dance band have all been over and he has no concerns other than "pet me."  The cat is perpetually on the couch. 

Mar 7, 2020 - 1:42:29 PM
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Tony Hall

England

30 posts since 5/29/2010

Here is the other fiddle I own that is inextricably linked to the one in the prior topic, 'A fiddle only a mother (or father) could love.' Also, it could be said that both fiddles are a match with cigar box fiddlessmiley

Jack Hall created the Fiddle, the Bow and Chinrest that he made with 350 Discarded Wood Matchboxes. The (3-parts) matchbox logos, paper wrappers and strikers were were peeled off these parts, then the 3 pieces of very thin raw wood veneer were ingeniously utilized for the construction as below:

1. OUTERBOX ... The body, neck, fingerboard,peg box, scroll and chinrest.

2. MATCH CONTAINER TRAY BASE ... The Ribs

3. MATCH CONTAINER TRAY SIDES ... The Bow

To complete the project, Jack made the Fiddle Case with 300 Cardboard Matchboxes

Mar 7, 2020 - 2:26:01 PM
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18 posts since 3/4/2018

I am fortunate to have many violins, having been a restorer for nearly 40 years.
I have several I Won't sell, but I'm repairing, and setting up to play
different instruments, enjoying them for a few months, selling them and moving on to the next one,.
This my bench recently. 2nd fiddle from right was my daily player, till I sold it to a cool Fiddle Hangout member. A French violin is hanging there now.

Mar 7, 2020 - 2:31:38 PM
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18 posts since 3/4/2018

Oh yeah, the small bench


 

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