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Shane "Chicken" Wang
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I have a borrowed 60 plus year old violin, and originally it would be way out of tune from one day to the next. the weather changed, maybe thats where the problem came from, but the strings are completely floppy every day. What can I do to fix this without making any alterations to this man's fiddle? short of super glue and I have to have it done before friday. 

have already tried rosin, but it still comes completely loose overnight.

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Mark, our weather is changing here and my pegs have slipped a couple of times, might try humidifying the fiddle, Hills peg dope works great and before I started using Hills peg dope I used a bar of lava soap it worked well.

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Mark said
Mark, our weather is changing here and my pegs have slipped a couple of times, might try humidifying the fiddle, Hills peg dope works great and before I started using Hills peg dope I used a bar of lava soap it worked well.

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@Mark ok thanks. I'll give the lava a try. Closest shop that would have anything for strings instruments is over 100 miles away.

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I completely agree with Mark. Peg dope is a wonder product. Helps prevent both slipping and sticking pegs. Make sure you use plenty.
My guess is that the compound will allow you to push the pegs in more without doing damage to the peg box.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
I completely agree with Mark. Peg dope is a wonder product. Helps prevent both slipping and sticking pegs. Make sure you use plenty.
My guess is that the compound will allow you to push the pegs in more without doing damage to the peg box.  

@Fiddlerman if you opened up a shop around the Jackson tn area it would only be an hour drive to get that peg dope. lol. 

Hoping my situation is about to change, heading back out on the road this spring. Going to give comedy another shot. Introduce the world to my own brand of insanity. Life gives you lemons, make lemonade and mix it with Jack Daniels. May even try to get on America's Got Talent. Showing up is half the battle and I believe I have as good a chance as any to win it. If the jokes don't win them over, I can play the violin for them. after they see my patented left hand death grip or the way I tend to smack myself in the face with the bow, I'll have them right where I want them. There really should be a guard behind the bridge, if I didn't wear glasses I would have done lost an eye.

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markcobb said

Hoping my situation is about to change, heading back out on the road this spring. Going to give comedy another shot.

Believe it or not, my violin teacher has started attending a class in stand-up comedy!

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

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markcobb said

... heading back out on the road this spring. Going to give comedy another shot. Introduce the world to my own brand of insanity. 

Markcobb, I looked at the one "routine" you posted to your Youtube channel and think you definitely have a shot at making this work! A complex and endearing persona jumps out of my little PC screen.

Have you performed in public before? 

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@bocaholly you're to sweet. All that was supposed to be deleted but that first one just won't go away. I won a couple competitions when I was in my teens then ran away from home to your neck of the woods. Lived less than a mile from where the fiddlershop is now. I played at the candy store and 2 other places that for the life of me I can't remember right now, down in Ft Lauderdale. When they found out my age, I was no longer allowed on the premises.

Served 3 years in the navy, and then 10 years in the marine corps.

Off and on since, trying to juggle career and desire to make people laugh. Bounced around hitting comedy clubs and playing sax in different blues and jazz clubs. Anything I could to keep from having to get a "real" job. I learned how to drive an 18 wheeler just so I could hit more comedy clubs. My last stint, before life flipped me over on my head, I was in Salt Lake City, Utah, training drivers at CR England, now there is a joke in that that only truck drivers would get.

True story, I was the main comedian, (only comedian) at a strip club called American Beaver for 6 months in Salt Lake. Much wilder town than you can imagine. The owner called me in his office one night and offered me a 10% raise and I was forced to tell him that I didn't really work there. I was just taking the stage when the dj took his 15 minute breaks. It was time for me to give up my cushy job and go back to driving with students full time so I had to turn down an offer to work there full time. I regret that decision.

I have struggled with schizophrenia since I was around 8 years old, in a mental hospital before I was 12, and have an iq that is over 190. My mind never stops running full speed. That's where my love of music came from. when I learn a new instrument, or when I play an old one, I become so focused that all the bad things in my mind, in life, in the world, just disappear. Nothing else exists, or matters except the voice of my instrument.

And comedically, I shine on stage. That is where I am the most comfortable. I tried making videos, but without that energy from the audience they all felt forced and fake, and I don't like hearing myself speak, or seeing myself for that matter. without an audience, you don't know when to go in for the kill. I have had people fall out of their chairs, gasping for breath, begging me to stop, and there was no alcohol or heart attacks involved.

There's my life story. Let's print it off and sell it, you can send me my share in the mail, provided there's anything left after the postage stamp. 

 

and @Fiddlerman , if there wasn't math involved, I would post more. I appreciate it being kept to addition, if it goes to multiplication I'll send someone an email wishing you guys the best of luck.

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bocaholly said

Have you performed in public before?   

OK, dumb question. You have TONS of experience. Your chances of making a stand up tour pan out just shot up dramatically in my eyes. Rooting for you all the way!

Kudos that you are willing to speak so openly about your personal struggles. Sign of a true artist that you made it out of the Navy and then the Marines and lived to tell the story! Hope you get to tell lots more stories on lots of stages.

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markcobb said
and @Fiddlerman , if there wasn't math involved, I would post more. I appreciate it being kept to addition, if it goes to multiplication I'll send someone an email wishing you guys the best of luck.  

You've just made me realise that the maths questions have gone away now that I've made enough posts to be deemed reliable and not a spammer. I can't remember the last time it asked me one. They just quietly disappeared without my realising it.

So hang on in there!

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

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100 posts was the magic number for me.

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Looking forward to that magic number @Andrew Shumway .

@bocaholly it seems to me that keeping secrets is the same as telling lies. I have just been trying to manage a bad situation the best I can, and I'm too old and too tired to keep hiding who I am. I have enough really good material,(my opinion), to fill 5 notebooks and perform for about 2 hours minimum with a fast paced routine. Right now I can talk about the difficulties of learning to play the violin for 20 minutes and never tap the strings with the bow. for example,

My cousin found out I was playing the violin and asked me to play at her wedding. The mere thought of having an audience was overwhelming and I immediately agreed. You should have seen her face when she walked down the aisle to Mary had a little lamb.

I met her fiance before hand, it was more appropriate than you can imagine, and her dress WAS white as snow.

I'll work on that for the next year and hopefully I'll get it good enough to put it before an audience.

If I do manage to take a violin on a comedy stage, I'll be wearing safety glasses because I still haven't passed the stage of hitting myself in the face when bowing. Safety first.

You guys will be the first to know if i happen to start seeing success, I'll become Fiddlerman's top salesman. Doing commercials with a rubber block on the end of my bow and an eyepatch.

Again, safety first.

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LOL @Shane "Chicken" Wang - I like your style there !   🙂   Awesome ! thumbs-up

Get yourself a Fiddlerman Cap for public playing !   I do that !   

[ P.S. By the way, as I have discovered, wearing one does NOT actually help to, or make you -  play like Pierre - @Fiddlerman - sadly, it doesn't work like a musical-brain-transplant!   -   After I got mine, I mailed them back and asked for a refund....  (really!) - they had a great laugh ! ]

And yeah - I think it used to be 50 posts back when I joined before you had to stop the arithmetic - seems like it's 100 now...  

I don't recall actually welcoming you to the forum - but then again at my age, I can be a tad forgetful - anyways - if not - then - a BIG WELCOME to you !!!

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BillyG said
LOL @Shane "Chicken" Wang - I like your style there !   🙂   Awesome ! thumbs-up

Get yourself a Fiddlerman Cap for public playing !   I do that !   

[ P.S. By the way, as I have discovered, wearing one does NOT actually help to, or make you -  play like Pierre - @Fiddlerman - sadly, it doesn't work like a musical-brain-transplant!   -   After I got mine, I mailed them back and asked for a refund....  (really!) - they had a great laugh ! ]

And yeah - I think it used to be 50 posts back when I joined before you had to stop the arithmetic - seems like it's 100 now...  

I don't recall actually welcoming you to the forum - but then again at my age, I can be a tad forgetful - anyways - if not - then - a BIG WELCOME to you !!!  

@BillyG I'm glad you said that,,,,,I'll get the shirt too then!!!

My mail lady just brought me a brand spanking new Fiddlerman Tower Strings Legend fiddle!!!! And it is the most beautiful Instrument I have ever laid eyes on. I can't even get the old fiddle to come out of the box.

The pictures on the website do NOT do this violin justice and it has a nice clean sound to it. Not overly loud, but I expect that to change once it opens up and settles in. I am in love.

 

and thanks for the welcome. I feel like I'm at home here.

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@Shane "Chicken" Wang - said - "and thanks for the welcome. I feel like I'm at home here."

Most welcome, and my pleasure entirely!  To be fair, I joined here about 4 years ago - it was a HUGE MINE OF INFORMATION and one of the best resources I have ever found.   Back then, I formed strong (and still lasting) friendships with, let's say a handful of regular contributors to the forum.  My own path (now that I feel I can play sort of well enough to entertain folks), has taken my time away from the forum - so I tend to miss a lot of posts - but - I always (eventually) return here to see what's going on !

It DOES feel like home, and we ARE a family here - thanks to Pierre for bringing it all together !

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@BillyG I hear ya. I have spent a lot of time reading the forums and lessons and it is a lot of information to take in. For some reason the videos in the lessons aren't showing up for me. maybe it's the configuration of this computer or something. idk.

what's impressive to me is the attitudes of the members I have spoken with. a wealth of knowledge. I love people in general, for the most part, usually, but you guys always seem so happy to give away what you know. That's priceless.

I wonder when Pierre will start up a fiddlers anonymous group. Hello, I'm Mark, and I'm a fiddle addict. I got my first sweet taste of the maple and spruce smack back when you had to actually leave the house to see a concert. I carry rosin in my pocket for when I need a quick fix. it carries me over but sometimes I blink and my eyelids get stuck together.

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roflroflrofl

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@Shane "Chicken" Wang and @BillyG (BillyG) You two are priceless. I see a duo stand up / fiddle show (sans "Mary Had a Little Lamb") in my crystalilne rosin ball when Markcobb ultimately takes his road show across the pond. Maybe a little sooner on StreetJelly 🙂 

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... oh yeah, @Shane "Chicken" Wang, there are plenty of us here who are also too old and tired for the bullshit. So liberating to just show ourselves and our "OKish" (wink, wink @damfino) violin stuff as we are... all works in progress...  

Let us know if you find someone who has that "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on video... with close ups on the guests faces, of course banana

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bocaholly said
Let us know if you find someone who has that "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on video... with close ups on the guests faces, of course banana  

I am open to a duo and have been looking for my Gracie Allen for years.

That was an age test. Everyone that knew exactly who I was talking about are seasoned potatoes.

If you had to google Gracie Allen, I am selling highly absorbent behind the ear dryers for the low low price of $1.398. plus s&h.

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