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Well, another fiddle has come to live here forever. I haven't posted here about it because I was under the impression that it had to go back, so here's the whole story.
Back in February, the OH and I visited a friend and picked up the fiddle I call the Utah Fiddle. He also had an old German Trade fiddle with "Conservatory Violin" stamped on the scroll that needed a new bridge, tailpiece and pegs fitted. I asked to be allowed to do the work and he agreed.
The repairs were made, the fiddle strung up and I played it for a few days before sending him a note that it was ready to pick up. He replied that he was busy and I should continue to play it and enjoy it until he had some time. I knew he wanted to sell it and would likely be asking $400, so I doubted I would be able to get it (it sounds just lovely!) so I played it and enjoyed it until last week when the strings finally went dead.
I was telling the OH that I needed to put new strings on it, but didn't want to put out the money for the $pendy strings our friend preferred, so the fiddle would have to go back soon.
Knowing how sad I was about letting her go (I call her Sweet Jane) he made a deal with our friend behind my back and the fiddle is now mine. So here's Sweet Jane -
Now that I know she's here to stay I should take some pics with the new pegs, etc. I've swapped out the chinrest for my preferred Berber model and put on some Zyex strings and just love her to death!
The story goes that Brandon found her at the estate sale of one Dewey Wilson in Washington state back in 2000 and snatched her up as soon as he saw her. There was a woman there who was interested in the violin, but she wanted to use it as a wall decoration and Brandon insisted that he take her home and play her again. I plan to contact the family (he was very well know in ham radio circles) and see if I can get a picture of him with the violin.
There is also an interesting old snakewood bow in the case that merits some more research...
Mighty pretty, indeed!
Are you going to be putting up a recording of you playing her so we can hear, too?
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Thanks, everyone! It is the fiddle that everyone liked on my "progress" thread. I really need to get another video up as well as some newer pictures. I have Monday off work and the weather is supposed to be warm, sunny and dry, if we can trust the Weather Dudes...
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