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Jul 20, 2023 - 10:11:42 AM
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Here's an interesting fiddle that came into the shop a while back with a few other fiddles from an estate. I have never seen this particular make and after having set it up to my general specs, I love the sound of it. Easy to play and easy to listen to.

I've done some research on it and found out the following: It appears to have been built in Austria (Vienna) by the Gebruder Placht Musik-Instrumenren Fabriks. It has an interesting sentence which approximately translates from "Nieder Lage In Wein Und Pest" to "Defeat in Vienna, the Plague".

I'm guessing the violin was made as a folk instrument, but I'm not sure. The wood in the back is a European Maple similar to Sycamore here in the USA. (I could be mis-informed on that).

Anyway, I enjoy playing it every once in a while when I think to snap it out of the case.

The fiddle is the first on the left of the top row of fiddles.






Edited by - wilford on 07/20/2023 10:59:24

Jul 20, 2023 - 10:25:36 AM

DougD

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Interesting looking instrument. The wood probably used for the back is a little confusing. European violins were commonly made from sycamore maple, and older texts and articles often refer to it as just sycamore. Its a maple though, not closely related to sycamore over here, which is a different genus. Here's a reference: wood-database.com/sycamore-maple/

Jul 20, 2023 - 10:58:24 AM
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Are you certain the flames are real? They look suspicious. The workmanship overall is fairly crude, which would make sense for painted flames (it’s a feature that’s found on some of the very low-end German and Czech violins).

Jul 20, 2023 - 11:18:44 AM

wilford

USA

499 posts since 6/26/2007

Not sure about the flames. They do, however, appear to extend past the purfling right to the ends of the back plate for the thickness of the plate. The violin has at some time in the distant past been "repaired". It has a fingerboard shim 2.5 mm that seems to be very well installed.

Not much to look at but a pleasure to play. :)

Jul 20, 2023 - 11:27:36 AM

DougD

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I wondered about the flames too. Can you see them on the inside of the back too, looking through the f holes? (Might need to moisten the wood a bit with water or mineral spirits on a long Q tip).

Jul 20, 2023 - 11:37:19 AM

wilford

USA

499 posts since 6/26/2007

Here's a photo of some of the ribs which I suspect are also European sycamore.


 

Jul 28, 2023 - 10:35:46 AM
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DougD

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Wilford, I think you used to live in this area, and since you've mentioned sycamore, here's a song for you by Ed Snodderly.
And here are three of the band members, in the center of the photo.


Edited by - DougD on 07/28/2023 10:47:23

Jul 28, 2023 - 10:54:15 AM

wilford

USA

499 posts since 6/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Wilford, I think you used to live in this area, and since you've mentioned sycamore, here's a song for you by Ed Snodderly.


Yes, I used to live in Limestone Cove and Erwin, TN. I absolutely loved it! I miss all my dear friends there and I sure have a bunch of them that I pick with when I get back there from time to time. I was out your way a few times, too if I'm correct, you're around Mountain City. 

I keep turning down band offers now because I'm beat to death from so much cancer. I'm in remission but I'm too weak to hit the road. But I sure did get a lot of Bluegrass in, while I was there. 

I've picked with Ed a bunch of times back when he played Dobro in a regional band named "String Fever". Ed's a great guy and he does so much to promote Bluegrass. I've even picked there in his "Down Home" in Johnson City.

Thanks for reminding me of the good times in TN. 

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