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Meet "Springer" from Fiddlerman’s “Fiddle Talk” forum
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Fiddlerman
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August 7, 2012 - 10:33 pm
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• Please begin by telling us anything you would like to about yourself. Age, place of birth, residence, etc.
Well for starters I'm 60 years old now and live in a small town in central North Carolina. I have lived here for almost 35 years now but still call Bristol TN home. I was a military brat for about 6 years until my Mom put her foot down and my father got out of the USAF, the I enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam war and got out after 4 years 3 months, then I went to college at ETSU in Johnson City TN. After that I got a job with Western Electric.

• What made you decide to play the violin?
I started playing because I figured if my father could start playing at age 80 I could try playing too.

• How long have you been playing the violin?
I have been playing since just after Christmas of 2011.

• How often do you play? How long are your practice sessions?
I try to play about half an hour a day each day. Some times I make it some times I don't.

• In your opinion, what's your proficiency on…

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"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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ftufc
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Hey Tony, really enjoyed your interview; FINALLY got to learn something about you!

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Fiddlestix
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@ Springer..... Nice interview, right to the point.  smile

Re: humped fingerboard. Not sure if you mean high or low in the middle. Laying a 12" straight edge the length of the fingerboard, on the G side of the fingerboard, there should be .75 - to no more than 1 mm space between the straight edge and fingerboard. On the E side approx.  .5 mm between straight edge and fingerboaard. This is called "Scoop", it allow's clearance for string vibration.

From the nut, there should be approx. 1/2" before the scoop starts.

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August 8, 2012 - 10:18 pm
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Yeah Ken you heard right. I was humped in the middle about 1.25 or more where it should have been scooped. This was a bad news fingerboard that I am still working on.facepalm

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I hear ya.... on my old violin, I took it to a Luthier and had him reshape the fingerboard. They've got gauge's they use to do that. I think he charged $ 65.00, but it was worth it to me.

good luck with your's..  crossedfingers

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Thanks for the insight Tony. For some reason I didn't have you down as a 600 year old, I thought you were much younger.
And Congrats on owning a small string section of your own, wow!

I was born with nothing,
and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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Loved the interview...always good to have a face to put with all the forum posts. smile

And it is ALWAYS great to learn more about the people I am coming to call FRIENDS.

cheers

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

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KindaScratchy
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August 9, 2012 - 1:18 pm
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Nice interview, Tony. I enjoyed learning a little about you and your musical and non-musical background. Nice photo, too...it almost looks like a Rembrandt painting.

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Whoa there Terry 600 is a little much I think.  Altho sometimes I do feel nearly 600. dazed

Sorry about the picture Diane, it was done with the laptop and I just could not get enough light at all.facepalmdunno

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KindaScratchy
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August 9, 2012 - 9:55 pm
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No, I was serious...I know you didn't intend it to be so dark, but it is a nice, artistic effect!

And you don't look a day over 550! Guess you really are a Renaissance man!

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Nice to meet You, Springer! =)

Springer said:

What are your 2 favorite things to do other than playing violin?
I like to fly high power rockets and do a little shooting.

AWESOME!dancing

Do You have a video of high-power-rocket launching ?drooling duncecap bunny_pole_dancer

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