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Family Fiddles
Just curious how many of us are playing family fiddles
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DD from Georgia has a fiddle from his grandpa that recently passed. My fiddle was made by my husband's great-grandfather. It got me thinking...

 

How many people have fiddles that have been in the family? violin

 

 

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Great question. I know there have been quite a few others on this site as well. Lucky people :)

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NewFiddlerGirl said
How many people have fiddles that have been in the family? violin

I can name ten members who have inherited fiddles.  I am one of them.  It came from my great-great-grandfather, and that's how I happened to take up fiddle.

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Great-great grandfather!!! How old is your fiddle? I place mine between 1900 and 1910 since Great-grandpa Ezra passed in the late 1920's. And I thought that was old.

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For all of us who have family fiddles with history.....

 

Talk to me fiddle

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I have a whole thread about my Grampa's fiddle:

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/th.....as-fiddle/

 

My biggest regret is that I didn't pester Grampa into teaching me how to play when he was alive. When I was young, he used to remark that my long fingers would make for some good fiddin'.

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Very cool story. Do you still play it?

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My grandpa played but he died before I was born and I have no idea where his fiddle went.  

 

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I'm not playing a family fiddle yet, but hope to be doing so soon. My late mom played violin and would be thrilled to know that I've begun to do likewise. I'm trying to coordinate with my brother to get hold of her surviving fiddle and have it reworked. If I recall correctly it's a fairly decent German trade fiddle, probably from sometime between the 1920s and 1950s. I'm looking forward to getting it back into playing condition.

 

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Very cool. There seems to be some magic in playing something that has been in the family. Good lick getting your mom's violin working.

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JackL, it's great that you will be learning and joining the community/family :-)
Look forward to hearing about it.

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NewFiddlerGirl said
Great-great grandfather!!! How old is your fiddle? I place mine between 1900 and 1910 since Great-grandpa Ezra passed in the late 1920's. And I thought that was old.

Well, hard to say how old my inherited fiddle is.  My GGGF lived about 1841 to 1914.  I'm quite sure it's 19th Century, made in Saxony.  When I got it, I'm pretty sure it hadn't been played in at least 60 years.  But it had been stored well. The bridge and soundpost were down, and it needed strings, and so it happened that I learned to set a soundpost before I ever played a  note on a violin.  A day or two after I first set it up and played it, the endpin snapped, which, I can say, can be sort of distracting.

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Wow! It's been great to hear other's stories about their family fiddles. Bet it sounds great. 

'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free
'Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 
  'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

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