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Maybe @HP has views on this. What do you think of the Hardanger fiddle? For that matter, did @Fiddlerman meet with any in Sweden?
That reminds me, I must learn to curve my RH pinky! In fact the contrast between her two hands is interesting, isn't it - by classical standards her RH is very good and her LH is very poor.
I wonder how much a playable one would cost and what online suppliers there are.
I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.
I love hardanger fiddles. Different tuning usually, but that depends on what you're going to play. Each district have their own tuning, pretty much. The bridge is almost flat on top, which make it easy to do double stops and quadruple stops.
They are kinda rare these days, so not uncommon for them to go for above 5000-6000$. But I think you can get a fiddle from China for less. They don't make them the traditional way though, instead make them as Guarneri or Stradivari copies with 8 strings. I know that fiddleshop sells strings for Hardanger fiddle, but I can't think of any stores that sells instruments online.
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