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Picklefish
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Hello, I stumbled on this site thanks to surfin youtube in the wee hours of the morning. Finally decided to check it out and participate. Im an intermediate player, that is not a beginner but not able to perform yet either. My goal is to be good enough to teach others one day, and play in my churchs orchestra. Im diggin it so far, am floating between classical and fiddle styles. The equipment Im playin is a hand me down from my great grandma on my moms side. Its of German make and is a little over a hundred years old. I am fortunate to have it, its a family heirloom. I dont think itd be worth much to anyone else. Part of its charm is that the nut is made of bone or ivory and not the traditional ebony.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Welcome! Sounds like you've got a great fiddle.

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Welcome PickleFish! I'm sure you'll find this site very helpful; there seem to be players of all abilities here...and Fiddlerman, of course. Maybe you can get your teaching start by giving tips to some of us noobs (speaking for myself, anyway).

I second Barry's comment. Please share a photo of your fiddle.

I love how every violin seems to have a story, whether it's an old fiddle that's been handed down through the generations or a brand new one that was a special gift. violin-student

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

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Kevin M.
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Welcome aboard Robert.  I like the old German violins  and would love to hear and see it.  Is there a label inside with the makers name?

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picklefish said 

... Im diggin it so far, am floating between classical and fiddle styles. ...

LOL! Me too! Love fiddle, but the only one way to learn to play violin in our area is  to learn classic =) That's how my teacher teaches me and i love classic also actually! But hopefully will play Irish and old time fiddler's tunes someday =)

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Welcome...we are all very glad to have you hear.  But I have to agree with Kevin...YOU MUST play for us and let us see this wonderful Heirloom.  I am at the edge of my seat with anticipation!!laugh

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Welcome aboard! How long have you been playing to achieve intermediate status?hats_off

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I have been playing off and on for 9 years. Mostly off,  I started when my daughter turned 7 and began playing in elementary school. Now that she is a very good player she helps me along. My main problem is my brain doesnt communicate efficiently with my fingers so they dont react fast enough. Im definately making progress and am on a mission to master it. I am doing pretty good on stuff like soldiers joy, irish washerwoman and some easier beethoven and mozart. making progress each day though.

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The writing inside it says it was made in Berlin, special copy of dominicus montagnana.  It was origionally owned by a gentleman in Munich Germany before my family. There is also a makers mark of a capital L surrounded by laurel wreath. that would be from the Louis Lowendall shop/factory.  In 1886 or 1889, depending on what violin makers dictionary you look it up in,  Lowendall moved to Berlin.  Probably 1889 as there are labels out there from before that date that are from Dresden.

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Thanks for the picture. It looks in wonderful shape. I like the bone nut.

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Welcome Robert. I know what you mean about brain to fingers being slow. Nice Fiddle.cheerscoffee

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Hey picklefish,

I'm glad you stumbled onto fiddlerman.com
You are right, lucky to have that fiddle, it looks real nice.
Look forward to reading your posts.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hello Picklefish.. I am glad you have that great violin.

 

Welcome.   I'd not know what to do with such a nice instrument.

 

I am a beginner..from California.... and not ready for performing...but oh hell...let's say I had a derned recital to be at on Sunday... that is six days away.....

 

A good friend told me today... Just have fun... it doesn't matter if you are off a bit...it matters that you are pursuing a dream...and living life.

I'll take it.

Can't wait to hear some of your playing.

 

Toni

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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welcome kid... I too have one of those old German fiddles, been in the family for all my life... I love it, I loved it enough to restore it... I'll treasure it forever and enjoy for a lifetime...

 

Happy you're here.

 

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