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My violin just got here today and I've had a lot of fun today already! Been a lurker here for the past few days and decided it would be good to join. A big thanks to FiddlerMan for putting this site together and providing a gathering place for this community. I don't normally do this introduction-type thing when I join a forum, but if nothing elses I definitely wanted to leave thanks to DanielB and CatMcCall for plenty of exciting threads on fiddle construction/modification. They've been a pleasure to read over. I am thinking that I will be doing some work on mine as well so it's nice to know that others have succeeded!
Howdy, this is where I hang my hat. >> The members here ROCK!!!
I have learned much from this site and there is so much more I need to learn so I cruise around a bit > but end up back here. To review, to relax, to find out stuff.
Welcome drabbit. > can't get away from the image. > Bugs and Elmer
Yeah, CatMcCall's "Ruby" and "Six Foot Fiddle" projects were what got me wanting to try an "in the white" violin project of my own.
They just looked really excellent and are different than anything available commercially, so it was very inspiring.
But even if one doesn't go that far, making maybe an accessory or two, or learning to do an adjustment yourself on your instrument.. I feel it gives a reason to understand the instrument better. A natural and enjoyable way to get into studying to understand why the violin/fiddle is made the way it is, and to appreciate how much thought and development have gone into it over the centuries. It's part of what can be the fun of the instrument.
There's always some interesting stuff going on around this forum, and lots of great folks here to help keep your interest and enthusiasm up. It's a great group.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman