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BillyG
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February 26, 2019 - 2:07 pm
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Nice blog post @MoonShadows - great to see her getting extra publicity !

To be honest, I don't know how many folks are currently on the list, but it took me over 18 months before she arrived in my sticky fingers!  I think there were around 10 or so members prior to me.  The "average" ( or should I say intended ) hosting period is expected to be around 4 weeks - but there's always the delay in shipping, and of course the occasional personal issue where someone is not quite ready to receive it for whatever reason, and, if that's just going to be a couple or weeks or so, the usually the current host will just hold on to it (or the intended recipient may swap with someone else etc etc ).

Point of all that ?  Check how many are on the list ( ask / PM @fiddle chick ) to get an idea of how long you may have to wait, and GET YOUR NAME ADDED !!!    I can tlell from your enthusiasm you'd be a fine host !  🙂 

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Thanks @BillyG I counted 35 marks on the map, but 3 of them seem to belong to one person who traveled with it a bit and made several marks. I should check how long the list is. I don't want to get on the list too early. I have a lot of learning to do! I want to be able to give The Traveler justice! Thanks for the comment about my enthusiasm. I AM very enthusiastic. dancing

Jim

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There are 3 or 4 who never marked the map too. At times it was my fault for not fitting the custom app.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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@Mark - that was awesome! Thanks for sharing with us.

@MoonShadows  - there are currently two people here in the US on the list who haven’t yet hosted the Traveler, then there are three people who have already hosted it but would like to again. And then there is one person in Germany and one in Ukraine. That’s it. If you’d like to sign up, please PM me your name, address and phone number and you will be added to the list after the two who haven’t yet hosted it. The person next on the list is in OK, but I haven’t been able to reach him yet. If he doesn’t respond soon, the next person is @Barry in Nashville. Then it would be your turn. If you’d rather wait a little while longer, that’s okay too. I can put you at the end of the list if you’d like. Either way, GET YOURSELF ON THE LIST!!! 😀😀

Let the bow flow.

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Fiddle chick;

Thank you,

Mark

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That was really beautiful @Mark, great job! I love both tunes and I’m definitely going to learn hallelujah. Thanks for sharing Mark.

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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Mookje, 

Thank you,

oddly enough I was never a fan of Hallelujah because of the lyrics. My mom told me she loved Hallelujah and I needed to learn it, in passing I told Lori the pianist's about what mom had said and she immediately said that I would learn it and we would play it, I really didn't get a vote on wither or not I wanted to learn it! But since then I have come to really like it and enjoy playing it.

Mark

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Albert Sammons

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Thanks @fiddle chick I sent you a PM.

Jim

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Just an FYI, I sat down today and did some TLC to the traveling fiddle just for future reference, it has new set of Amo strings, the  string slots were graphited, a new E string protector installed, peg dope applied to the pegs, finger board cleaned, the body of the instrument was very gently wiped down, string length set a 327.5 mm, after string length is a bit short at 50mm, but she sounds good.

Mark

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Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Just to keep everyone updated....we’ve reached the end of the list for first-time hosts here in the US. The person in OK has not responded to my many attempts to reach him, and Barry has decided to pass and not host at this time. So we’re back to @damfino, @intrepidgirl, and @Georganne who all said they’d like to re-host.

If there’s anyone who signed up and feels they were overlooked, please let me know so I can make sure you get on the list.

Let the bow flow.

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Thanks so much for handling this Debie. No matter what, let's go back to the 3 re-hosts, which I'm thrilled about, and begin adding new interested members to the list after them.
Everyone, I strongly encourage that you host the traveler if you haven't. It's a pleasure to play on an instrument that passes from one player to another with no owner. It's hard to explain but the energy from that fiddle with the knowledge of her journey is unique and powerful. Don't worry about posting videos. That IMO is not a requirement. A requirement IMO would be that you talk about her and perhaps represent your area with images and information.
It's also a chance for you to promote your town. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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@fiddle chick Thanks for keeping the traveler moving! I look forward to seeing her some time this year. It had quite the adventures in 2018, lost on an ocean voyage, found again, hitting 4 continents I think. The concept is wonderful. I have friends who ask me how this works again, when I tell them. They are very intrigued. @Fiddlerman , I agree, it is the continued adventure that makes it interesting. Photos and videos help, though!

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Fiddlerman said
Thanks so much for handling this Debie. No matter what, let's go back to the 3 re-hosts, which I'm thrilled about, and begin adding new interested members to the list after them.
Everyone, I strongly encourage that you host the traveler if you haven't. It's a pleasure to play on an instrument that passes from one player to another with no owner. It's hard to explain but the energy from that fiddle with the knowledge of her journey is unique and powerful. Don't worry about posting videos. That IMO is not a requirement. A requirement IMO would be that you talk about her and perhaps represent your area with images and information.
It's also a chance for you to promote your town. 🙂  

I got my name on the list a couple of weeks ago. I may pass the first time my name comes up, if it's too soon, since I only stated learning in February. I want to do justice by The Traveler. I am already excited for when that time will come...to touch and play such a significant instrument. And, I'll be sure to get a pic with the Delaware Water Gap in the background right off the Appalachian Trail (in Delaware Water Gap National Park) about 10 miles from where I live.

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Beautiful landscape MoonShadows.
I understand you wanting to do it justice, though most people here have no expectations and respect everyones accomplishments.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Thank you @Fiddlerman on the landscape and the kind words about member expectations. I know my inexperience is more my problem than any one else's....a lifelong struggle for me.

Jim

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I think for everyone. People care too much about what others think. 🙁

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I know I'm late to the game, but I'm thinking that I should host the Traveler at the bird farm. We used to raise peafowl and had hundreds, not though we've reduced to six, but I'm sure they would love to accompany the Traveler 🙂

Let me know what I need to sign up. I'm not in a hurry. I just got a new violin I'm getting used to, so I'm willing to wait as long as is required.

Bob

email: rbrothers@birdfarm.net

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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How hard is it to pack it up to send it to its next caretaker? That is what concerns me. I would hate to be the one that causes damage to it. Are instructions on what to do with the strings, etc included. I mean, is it kept tuned when you pack it, or is it tuned down a notch. I don’t think that would be good for the bridge, but I have no clue. I am also concerned that when I get it, it might be going oversees next send not sure what the shippimg cost would be for that. 

I would love to do it, if I can figure that part out. I think this is a fantistic idea. So, anyone who has done this, if you can shed some light in the packing process and shipping, that would be very helpful. Would love to participate. It would be a great story to relate to my granddaughters when my husband and I try to make sure they get some form of music in their lives. Pretty sure they will, music is always playing in their house.

Thanks for any packing and shipping experience you can share. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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cid said
How hard is it to pack it up to send it to its next caretaker? That is what concerns me. I would hate to be the one that causes damage to it. Are instructions on what to do with the strings, etc included. I mean, is it kept tuned when you pack it, or is it tuned down a notch. I don’t think that would be good for the bridge, but I have no clue. I am also concerned that when I get it, it might be going oversees next send not sure what the shippimg cost would be for that. 

I would love to do it, if I can figure that part out. I think this is a fantistic idea. So, anyone who has done this, if you can shed some light in the packing process and shipping, that would be very helpful. Would love to participate. It would be a great story to relate to my granddaughters when my husband and I try to make sure they get some form of music in their lives. Pretty sure they will, music is always playing in their house.

Thanks for any packing and shipping experience you can share.   

I have the same concern, which is the reason I haven't put my name forward yet. I'd be more comfortable if someone could provide more detailed packing/shipping information.

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