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Aug 17, 2021 - 1:17:27 PM
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Aug 17, 2021 - 6:46:08 PM

2803 posts since 9/13/2009

I don't notice anything unusual, just normal range of fiddle.

Aug 17, 2021 - 7:45:22 PM

1481 posts since 7/26/2015

That's what I thought, but I've been curious since I heard Howdy Forrester's comment about Oscar's fiddle, which can be heard on the "Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor album just after his story about George Wilkerson. I wonder if sound post position had something to do with it, or the type of strings he used.
Originally posted by alaskafiddler

I don't notice anything unusual, just normal range of fiddle.

Aug 17, 2021 - 9:53:28 PM



47 posts since 3/16/2021

I don't see anything unusual, but then the pictures aren't detailed at all. It would be a safe bet that the bridge was cut a little flatter than a standard, as was the custom of the time among fiddlers to make double stopping a little faster and easier.

Making a big sound was important in the days before amplification to overcome the noise of the dancers' feed on wooden floors. Especially the fiddle which could be drowned out by a loud banjo. I have had some luck increasing the sound of a fiddle by moving the post back and outboard compared to the orthodox position, with some tendency for an E string whistle on some instruments. The sound is harsher and considerably louder, and that may be what he did.

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