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What has happened to my fiddle
Or is it just me?
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Ferret
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I don't know if it's my fiddle, but something has changed.

My Raggetti seems to have become louder and a bit harsher and every small mistake seems to be 'magnified'. I've taken to playing it with a orchestral mute to tame it down a bit.

Could it be that it needs to visit a luthier (hard to find around here) for a re-setup. Or could it be that I'm just imagining it.

I've had the Raggetti about 18 months now and it is my most played fiddle

Does anyone have any ideas?

violin-1267

You can hear the last recording i made with it here:

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/cr.....hs/#p51224

 

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The same thing happened to me when I was about 2 years into playing. I know with my issue it was just how I was bowing at the time, and over a few months my arm worked it out as I got better. 

 

I am NOT saying that this is the issue, I am just saying that it is a possibility. Try using the bow very softly and making sure the string is not vibrating under your finger, by that I mean make sure your finger is down nice and hard to keep it from slipping.

Stop saying you can't do it and actually go try it... Trust me it works.

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I notice that mine doesn't sound good when there is high humidity.  It just really sounds off, harsh, nothing I can do to change it. 

 

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I think you are "learning" what it's supposed to sound like and now you hear every little "error" whether big or small. I know that longer bow strokes and squeezing in one more note to a slur helps smooth out the sound and thusly lessens the harshness a bit, using more bow. Your playing is very, very nice and for tunes like that, it's difficult to get a quiet sound because I think they tend to just sound loud and harsh due to their "count" nature. I might be wrong but real mellow tunes played slower always sound "less harsh" and although neither right or wrong, I think you have an excellent sounding violin and look forward to more from you John.

 

Here's a thought though... try rolling your bow over to one side a little and play "on the edge of the hairs" to see if that lessens the harshness you seem to hear. I play on the edge quite often with my electric acoustic because the higher notes produced on the E and A strings can be quite irritating as they are amplified in certain ways.

 

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You said you're recovering from surgery.  I would look at whether my posture had changed.  You could consider whether a change in posture is causing you to bow systematically nearer the bridge.

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RosinedUp said
You said you're recovering from surgery.  I would look at whether my posture had changed.  You could consider whether a change in posture is causing you to bow systematically nearer the bridge.

@RosinedUp 

You could be right. 

Whatever the cause, I reckon it's a bowing problem and not a fiddle problem. Will have to work on it

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Great job! John, @Ferret. The best one I've seen. Your violin sounded beautiful to me, did not notice anything abnormal.

Nice tune, well played, John.

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ratvn said
Great job! John, @Ferret. The best one I've seen. Your violin sounded beautiful to me, did not notice anything abnormal.

Nice tune, well played, John.

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Thanks for that Robert @ratvn 

It's late spring here now and the weather is starting to become rather hot and very humid. The humidity yesterday was around 90% and it can get higher around here. Maybe it's time to try a couple of different rosens.

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It sounds to me like it's getting time to change the strings.

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It sounds to me like it's getting time to change the strings.

Hi Kevin @Kevin M. 

Have just put a set of Pirastro Tonicas on. Not as much change as I would have liked. I think that most of the problem is me frown

But I'll get through this. Never give up. And never surrender. smile

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Ferret said
But I'll get through this. Never give up. And never surrender. smile

Don't be too much like that jolly swagman who, pursued by squatter and troopers for stuffing a jolly jumbuck into his tucker bag, jumped into the billabong.

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RosinedUp said

Ferret said
But I'll get through this. Never give up. And never surrender. smile

Don't be too much like that jolly swagman who, pursued by squatter and troopers for stuffing a jolly jumbuck into his tucker bag, jumped into the billabong.

 

@RosinedUp 

Have been staying well clear of those bloody billabongs. And am trying to give up stuffing jumbucks rofl

I found part of the problem today. I got out a bow that had only been used a couple of times and the difference was surprising. Perhaps my FM bow is clogged with old rosen and needs a good clean. Maybe it needs re-hairing. It probably just needs a clean badly.

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How do you clean a bow?

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HDuaneaz said
How do you clean a bow?

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Hi mate

to do a good job it takes denatured alcohol. If your bow is wood be careful not to get it on the lacquer. It will take it off. It's not a problem with carbon fibre

Until recently I made my own alcohol but now I'll have to go out and buy some.

this is a link to a 'how to' video

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