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we bought a nice mosaic back fiddle. I could hear something rattling around in it and assumed it was the sound post. I then noticed the post was up... upon further inspection there is a rattlesnake rattle in it. I have read of this before but this is my first experience with the sort. Kinda spooky cool. Am anxious to get this one cleaned up and do a few repairs on the inlay. Also curious if the inlay will seem to affect the sound
Very pretty fiddle! I've been wanting a fiddle with a mother of pearl inlay, they are just so pretty 🙂 I have a rattle snake rattle, was from my dad's family where there were a few fiddlers, and I always wonder if that is what they had it for. If it wasn't so darn old and been around forever I'd try throwing it in my fiddle just to see what it does, if anything, haha.
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Hi steveduf (and others). Another nice find.
Fortunately, the missing mother of pearl inlay should be relatively easy to duplicate given the circular shape. I would use the Scotch (tm) painter's tape and super glue trick to hold the mother of pearl on a flat head bolt, insert in an electric drill, and file/sand paper away excess material (be sure to use a face mask, since you don't want to breath in the mother of pearl). I would attempt to add the veins (perhaps using black super glue and polish surface with tooth paste to match existing).
You would be losing a lot of sound (at least on the open notes) if the grooves in the nut are not removed. You should be able to file the nut down as needed.
Who ever used the violin played with a lot of dirt under the finger nails. A luthier would use a hand plane to obtain a new curved surface on the finger board. I would try to use curved surface sanding block since I would not trust myself with a hand plane for this.
I would use some type of perlon violin string since you obviously want to retain the pegs. And please replace the tail piece gut since I would not trust the holding power of the original.
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Hi steveduf. It is more important that you received my message, since the material could have benefit to the immediate project. Perhaps my name has strayed on your enemies list on the forum (a feature which I cannot fathom a purpose). I will send an email to sort thing out.
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Just seen this thread - a very nice looking fiddle @steveduf !
Just reading @Andrew Fryer post above... I *LIKE* it ! "Good mojo" - yeah cool ! Being a Scotsman, and not having rattlesnakes here, I use dried thistle heads for similar effect.... ( nooo, that WAS a joke...) - still - a darned pretty little instrument there !
As a complete aside - years ( and years ago, as a youngster ) my father was a member of a lapidary club, and often invited me along - we used to cut and polish locally collected stones such as agates, small ( very small ) garnets and amethyst (locally occurring in our Scottish highlands - we also spent MANY hours panning for gold in the Kildonan river - to no effect worth speaking of I might add (other than cold and wet feet) - happy days ! )
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