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Feb 18, 2022 - 12:33:39 PM
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RichJ

USA

685 posts since 8/6/2013

I posted some photos of this fiddle last summer. Since winter began I've been working on it off and on getting everything glued back together. A few weeks back I asked some questions on this forum about refinishing. What I had to work with looked pretty hopeless, but I still wanted to avoid revarnishing. Consensus opinions seemed to take the French polishing route. Never having done this before I was kind of uncertain over taking something like this on, but since the fiddle only cost $25 bucks what did I have to loose? Well the results of this restoration nearly knocked me over. I must have got lucky with my first try, but man I sure am pleased. Oh yeah, the fiddle sounds purty' good too.

Feb 18, 2022 - 1:06:35 PM

10148 posts since 3/19/2009

Nice.. Is that a piece of veneer on the neck?

Feb 18, 2022 - 1:51 PM

324 posts since 1/5/2009

Definitely a good deal.

Feb 18, 2022 - 3:05:42 PM
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RichJ

USA

685 posts since 8/6/2013

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

Nice.. Is that a piece of veneer on the neck?


Do you mean fingerboard? Yes, Looks like someone inlaid a piece of rosewood or something other than ebony to the upper half. Wondering if that could have been the result of someone playing the living daylights out  it. There are some pretty significant string grooves in the inlaid piece as well.

Feb 18, 2022 - 4:43:54 PM

10148 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by RichJ
quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

Nice.. Is that a piece of veneer on the neck?


Do you mean fingerboard? Yes, Looks like someone inlaid a piece of rosewood or something other than ebony to the upper half. Wondering if that could have been the result of someone playing the living daylights out  it. There are some pretty significant string grooves in the inlaid piece as well.


One of my old fiddles had such grooves on the fingerboard that I had to put veneer on it..!

Feb 18, 2022 - 7:10:05 PM

45 posts since 6/28/2008

Looks like a very good use of your time!

Feb 19, 2022 - 4:41:45 PM

Rene

USA

487 posts since 1/8/2008

Is that a one piece back?

Feb 19, 2022 - 5:23:09 PM
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DougD

USA

10589 posts since 12/2/2007

That really looks nice, Rich. Hope you enjoy playing it.

Feb 20, 2022 - 7:04:47 AM
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RichJ

USA

685 posts since 8/6/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Rene

Is that a one piece back?


Yes. I used to think a one piece back meant something as far as quality of the instrument was concerned. I have come to realize in most of these early 20th century German trade violins it means nothing.  

Feb 20, 2022 - 7:07:16 AM

RichJ

USA

685 posts since 8/6/2013

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

That really looks nice, Rich. Hope you enjoy playing it.


Thanks Doug, was it you who mentioned how much mechanical tuners increase weight at the peg box end?  Wow, that sure is true. Guess it's something you can get used to.

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