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Colonial fiddle / Fort Ticonderoga
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KindaScratchy
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August 5, 2012 - 8:49 pm
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 This weekend Mr. Scratchy and I visited Fort Ticonderoga. We came across this Revolutionary War era violin in the museum there. Just thought others might be interested in seeing it.

We also picked up a couple of CDs of Colonial fiddle music: one titled "Jefferson's Fiddle" and the other called "The World Turned Upside Down." And, a music book (with CD) titled "A Modest Collection of Traditional Songs of the Colonial Period."

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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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Looks like it could use a little time in Kevin's workshop... blink

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VERY cool Diane!  I used to love Fort T when we'd go to Lake George as teens!  Incredibly beautiful part of the state!

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Note, the length of the F hole's and their location, it appear's to have actual / real gut string's and how far the tuning peg's protrude through their hole's.

Gosh, i'd love to have a piece like that.    drooling  Great picture and post, KS.

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Actually the f holes look correct, what makes it look wrong is the way the museum set up the fiddle, no bridge and the enormously long tail gut.  It seems a shame for it to sit behind glass and not be played.   The fiddle is crying out for someone to fix her up and play her.  Wouldn't it be better to have someone at the fort demonstrating the old war songs.

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Kevin M. said
Actually the f holes look correct, what makes it look wrong is the way the museum set up the fiddle, no bridge and the enormously long tail gut.  It seems a shame for it to sit behind glass and not be played.   The fiddle is crying out for someone to fix her up and play her.  Wouldn't it be better to have someone at the fort demonstrating the old war songs.

Agreed! It's a criminal negligence of the museum! It doesn't cost much to set it up properly and invite someone to play it atleast once a week! Poor violin. I saw the way that Strad violins are stored in museum -  they have special musicians that play them everyday! This poor thing will die! confused

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