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Feb 28, 2021 - 1:14:24 PM
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I recently acquired a fiddle owned and played by Cyril Stinnet from a relative of his. I'm going to put together a provenance for that relative to sign. Other than that, I'd like to hear suggestions as to what people think I should do with it. I'm in no hurry to sell it or to make money off it. I'm likely to just keep it, but I think other people might enjoy seeing it and getting to know more about what Stinnet played on. I know he was known for playing on borrowed fiddles a lot, but the story on this one seems pretty solid so far.

Edited by - KCFiddles on 02/28/2021 20:50:35

Feb 28, 2021 - 4:03:20 PM

2256 posts since 10/22/2007

Is it a Harwood?
(Jenkins Music Co., Kansas City)

Feb 28, 2021 - 8:58:22 PM
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Looks like a Mirecourt trade fiddle to me. but the eyes of the scroll aren't 100% flat, so I'm not entirely sure. Could be Dresden/ Lowendall. Just has a Strad label. I'll have some proper shots to post soon.

Mar 1, 2021 - 4:17:17 AM
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5096 posts since 9/26/2008

As interesting as the fiddle is it's just nice to see you're still out there, Michael.

Mar 1, 2021 - 5:37:27 AM
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2337 posts since 10/1/2008

Yup ..... good to hear from you again sir.

Mar 1, 2021 - 5:43:19 AM
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2256 posts since 10/22/2007

I'm with Billy & Richard. Good to see you if only on FHO, Michael.

Lots of juju in that fiddle. Possibly the fiddle he won Weiser in '66. Glad it's there, in good hands.

Edited by - farmerjones on 03/01/2021 05:46:49

Mar 1, 2021 - 8:07:06 AM
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Well, thanks! Good to be here!
I was mostly looking for some ideas on what to do with it other than to hang it up on my wall. Likely it was his last fiddle, as I doubt he ever owned more than one, and often borrowed a fiddle to play at contests. I got it through a nephew of Pete Stinnet, who was Cyril's nephew and regular guitar backup in his later years.

If a fiddle can have juju, that one would.

Mar 1, 2021 - 2:56:30 PM
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boxbow

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2623 posts since 2/3/2011

Crazy talk here, I know, but would it be appropriate to sponsor some type of user/custodianship for a historic fiddle? Put it in the hands of somebody active in traditional music. If not you, then who?

Mar 2, 2021 - 4:30:07 AM
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loy

USA

951 posts since 6/23/2007

Good to see you again Michael, been quite a few years since I brought a couple of fiddles up for you to evaluate, still have the Stainer,still can’t play worth a hoot! Anyhow glad your back here, that sounds like a very interesting fiddle you have there, would love to hear you play it! Loy

Mar 2, 2021 - 4:42:32 AM
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I like the idea of Boxbow above. Put it in the hands of a user. Maybe put it up as the prize for a Missouri Old Time Fiddle Contest. The prize being that the winner would have possession of the fiddle for one year and then it would move on to the next winner.

Don't know who might handle the details. Could be yourself, or possibly the Missouri Old Time Fiddlers Association or some group like that.

Mar 2, 2021 - 8:57:30 AM
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Originally posted by pmiller510

I like the idea of Boxbow above. Put it in the hands of a user. Maybe put it up as the prize for a Missouri Old Time Fiddle Contest. The prize being that the winner would have possession of the fiddle for one year and then it would move on to the next winner.

Don't know who might handle the details. Could be yourself, or possibly the Missouri Old Time Fiddlers Association or some group like that.


I don't know about possession for a year, but I think it could be handled in the manner of the Ed Haley fiddle.  The contest winner gets to play some tunes on the fiddle after the contest.

Mar 2, 2021 - 10:10:43 AM

2256 posts since 10/22/2007

Never quite knew how they dealt with Strads owned by museums?

My opinion, unique instruments valued however, are meant to be played.

Mar 2, 2021 - 5:48:43 PM
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5096 posts since 9/26/2008

It's a great idea, memorial fiddle contest with Cyril's name attached and the fiddle featured somehow. Get Possum on it.

Mar 2, 2021 - 10:31:18 PM
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Just finished some pics tonight. Will post on MO fiddlers group on FB tomorrow if events allow. For a mostly retired geezer I manage to stay pretty busy!

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