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Sofia Leo
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I'll be happy Cat. I've been studying a lot of the links you put here and on your site about violin making and wow do you study your stuff.

LOL! My brain is full of all sorts of useless information - fiddle building is not my first "hobby" and I research all of them with the same intensity. It's that OCD thing again smile I also tend to be "too picky" (OH's words) about the tiny details, which seems pretty important when building a fiddle, painting a boat, knitting a complicated lace pattern and on and on.

If the Red Fiddle (any ideas about a sexier name?) turns out half as fabulous as it exists in my brain, I will be very proud to send it to you.

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Cat, "The Red Fiddle" is perfect for its name (lets call it her instead of it 😉

Don't worry about your OCD either. I jam with the bass player of the band the Knack and he has that plus ADHD. He's weird n funky but damn can he jam and his side project is converting expensive classic cars to run on that corn oil stuff. He lives in Malibu, has a happy family and doing great. I believe great artists have issues (we think too much). My problem is insomnia and have been battling that since I was a kid. devil-violin

 

Edit: One of my favorite TV shows is Monk serenade

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myguitarnow said:

Cat, "The Red Fiddle" is perfect for its name (lets call it her instead of it 😉

 My problem is insomnia and have been battling that since I was a kid. devil-violin

 

Edit: One of my favorite TV shows is Monk serenade

I love Monk, too, but haven't watched in quite some time - TV is a hot topic around here - he believes it's totally worthless and I love me some worthless TV time surprised

We don't yet know if the Red Fiddle is female...

This artist does not suffer from insomnia - I'm very like a cat, lay down, close my eyes and I'm out.

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Right on....11:51pm  and I'm going to bed. Well get a bowl of cereal and watch TV I mean.

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The back purfling is in and planed down. Pardon the dust - the back will be sanded to smooth out the machine marks.

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This project has shown me that I need to get some new glasses - with bi-focals! Damn. Getting old sure sucks yell

Still trying to decide what to do about the corner blocks and working on sanding the tool marks out of the neck and scroll so the black outline on the scroll can be done before the neck is mounted to the body - I think it will be much easier that way.

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CatMcCall said:

This project has shown me that I need to get some new glasses - with bi-focals! Damn. Getting old sure sucks yell.....

I know the feeling. I am refusing to get reading glasses but it's getting hard to read music without a lot of light now a days.facepalm

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My eyes have been really bad since I was a kid. It's just another something that you have to deal with in life that you get used to. Well not me, I hate glasses but I still have my ears 😉 The Red Fiddle project looks great Cat. I'm so excited and love people that have a true passion for what they do. violin

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I forgot to say that the fiddle looks incredible. I suppose it will be hard to give it up right? You're a lucky guy MGN thumbs-up

Thanks for posting all those pictures Cat.

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Yep that Red Fiddle looks like she will sing beautifully! violin

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I've worn glasses since I was 10 (should have had them three years earlier, but what did I know?) with bifocals through my childhood, and contacts as an adult, but now I'm back in the glasses and it's clear that my eyes are getting even worse (again) and it's time for a new prescription if I want to continue to do close-up work. Sigh.

I won't have any trouble giving up the Red Fiddle -  as soon as it's done I get to start on another, from scratch, a Maggini-inspired design smile I'm trying very hard to stick to one project at a time, but when all you can do is watch glue dry, it's not easy to just walk away and not start something new.

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What a great attitude. I guess that is what keeps you motivated to play the fiddle too. cheers

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I think it is time for you to go to the eye Doctor too FM. I saw that little change in your post from, "lucky buy MGM" to "lucky guy MGM" 😉

Same deal for me too Cat, I was also 10 (for real!) when I got my first glasses and should of had them earlier. I remember my dad driving me home from the eye doctor after I picked out round John Lennon glasses and I was looking around in amassment how everything was so clear. I was pretty shy about wearing them in school though. I would carry them in the case then snuck them on to see the chalkboard or something. I keep thinking about that lasik surgery but just can't handle the fact if they F up, I could be completely blind. jimi-hendrix

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myguitarnow said:

I keep thinking about that lasik surgery but just can't handle the fact if they F up, I could be completely blind. jimi-hendrix

I totally agree – I'm too chicken to try it, although I do know several people who swear by it and have had no complications.

I hope you don't mind that I've been playing a lot of Circa Paleo while working on the Red Fiddle. Some people believe that the music played while a fiddle is being built has a direct influence on how it "prefers" to be played after it's complete. Might not be to your taste, but the rhythms are perfect for fiddle building, at least the way I do it smile

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violin-studentThe "MAC CALLAVARIOUScheers

 

Shalom Shalom

 

by the way it looks great, I hope you use a red varnish, or will you use an oil finish with your own blood???  Arghh. sick, but it was a cool movie.

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violin-studentThe "MAC CALLAVARIOUScheers

 

Shalom Shalom

 

by the way it looks great, I hope you use a red varnish, or will you use an oil finish with your own blood???  Arghh. sick, but it was a cool movie.

It will be red, but I can't reveal my varnish formula smile I will use an oil varnish (easier to get good results than a spirit varnish on the wet Oregon Coast) and I've already given blood (cut thumb a couple of weeks ago,) so the project will be a success, as are all of my projects that I end up bleeding on...

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LOL, yeah I just re-read the posts.  I forgot that you were building it for someone.  And of course you said it would be red.  The Red Violin.  duuuu?

My wife will kill me but I am really tempted to try one myself.  I am not a real handy man with building new things, but I do fix things all the time.  I am getting closer to a build-a-thon.  LOL. Is there a really good kit available on E-Bay?  I don't remember if you said how you came by the kit.

 

It does look like so much fun.

 

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LOL, yeah I just re-read the posts.  I forgot that you were building it for someone.  And of course you said it would be red.  The Red Violin.  duuuu?

My wife will kill me but I am really tempted to try one myself.  I am not a real handy man with building new things, but I do fix things all the time.  I am getting closer to a build-a-thon.  LOL. Is there a really good kit available on E-Bay?  I don't remember if you said how you came by the kit.

 

It does look like so much fun.

 

Shalom Shalom

It's a ton of fun! I bought both kits from bezdez on eBay for less than $50.00 US. The quality of the two kits was quite different and some parts and tools need to be bought separately, but it's a pretty good deal if you want to go the extra mile and make improvements.

I've heard good things about the kits from International Violin and Stew-Mac, but haven't seen them in person yet. I'm guessing that their quality is more consistent since they cost quite a bit more. My philosophy is that they are all being mass produced in China, so why not save a few bucks? Yeah, I'm Scotch dancinbunny

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Cat I think you channeled with me. I love the song Kashmir and play it on guitar!!! That's my style! Go Red Fiddle Go! violin

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Your a Scott, I'm a Jew, it ain't cheap, it is thrifty!!  Oy.  LOL

 

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Cat I think you channeled with me. I love the song Kashmir and play it on guitar!!! That's my style! Go Red Fiddle Go! violin

Perfect! I love folk and traditional fiddle songs and am slowly collecting quite a selection to play on my MP3 player while I do other things. Glad you like my choice!

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