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  1. Yankee, Abigail is doing GREAT! She is still so small 22 lbs. at four, but a bundle of energy, she is taking dance classes at daycare, and get this, She has informed her mother and I she IS going to be an Irish dancer. I have been checking out some local schools and would love to see her do it. I have been fiddling like a madman! I have learned a bunch of tunes, my current favorite is Wandering Minstel, I heard it on a Seamus Ennis CD. I've learned a couple of hornpipes, Harvest Home is a blast to play. I have been concentrating on the ornamentation a whole lot more lately, really trying for that Irish sound. Other tunes I am working on: Cape Breton Fiddler's Welcome etc. etc. The Oak Tree Pretty Girls of Mayo Welcome Home Grainne The only problem I have is I hurt my wrist at work a few days ago, ( Spud bar + buried rock = OUCH! ) and my left ring finger and pinky keep going numb periodically. It doesn't seem to affect my playing too awfuuly much, but it feels really wierd. I have not heard "Hangman's Rope", I will have to check it out. I think my favorite tune this week is an older one, Roaring Water off Altan's Blue Idol CD. I also discovered a new band I like, well new to me anyway, Te'ada. Anyway it's good to be back. See ya round the board Pole
  2. Simon, I haven't been around for awhile, and was just wondering if you still haunt the place. I am still listening to the recording you posted of Abigail Riley ( In Awe of Course ). If you see this say hey! Pole
  3. Yank, I was at The Loft the other day getting my bow rehaired, and a gentleman was there, with a kilt plaid and all in dry cleaning bags, and he was talking about the Oberlin games, and I thought of you! I was in a real hurry and unfortunately did not get a chance to talk to him. Anyway, I decided to start posting again after hearing him. so, What's going on? Pole
  4. Hello everybody, after a long absence I am back! I see a few names here I recognize, a few I do not. How's everyone doing!? I have been incredibally busy, and have not had any time to post. I hope to catch up on all the latest in time. Just wanted to say HEY!! Pole
  5. I purchased one today, I can't wait to try it out. I got the 3110. Anyone else have one of these? How do you like it? Anyway hope to be recording really soon!! Polecat
  6. Thanks for all of the advice, I am shopping around now. Earlier today Abigail told me, "I want a fiddle like you daddy, but we have to play together." Now how am I supposed to say no to that!? Pole
  7. Anyone know where I can get a cheap violin for my three year old daughter? Just something to get her started. She always wants to play my fiddle, and I'd like to get her one of her own. I can't emphasize CHEAP enough!! I dont want a $100 pile of splinters on my hands!! Thanks Pole
  8. Glad to see some familliar names. I have been pretty busy since about May, and now that the holidays are over I have some free time to post again. I finally got a new fiddle, after much deliberation. I bought a Hermet Schartel (Sam Ash). I got it considerabally cheaper than it lists for, and it has made all the difference!! It sounds SOOO much better than my old one! I have learned quite a few tunes since then too. I am currently working on, Over the Moor to Maggie, and The Musical Priest. Sunny, The bowed triplets are coming along nicely, they still need a bit of polish, but I'm getting there. I know what you mean about all the stuff taking time away from fiddling. I have so many projects and so little time to do them. I still make time to fiddle, even if it's just a half an hour. I also bought a Harmony mandolin, and I love it, almost as much as fiddling. I have learned a little over half the tunes I know on the fiddle, on the mandolin. The fingerings are the same so it is easy to adapt them. It is however a bit harder on the fingers. Hope to see everyone around the board! Pole.
  9. It has been quite some time since I have posted here, shortly after the whole Soapbox incident. I thought I'd drop in and say hi to all the oldtimers and howdy to all the newbies. So what have I missed? Pole
  10. I have come up with a temporary fix for now, I have some copper tape used in stained glass work, very thin. I wrapped a little bit on the end and taped it, it seems to be staying put pretty well. It doesn't look all that great, but like I said it is temporary. Thanks for the idea about the solder though, good idea. Pole
  11. I personally like a heavy bow, I tried one of those graphite bows at the violin shop just to see what it felt like, Much too light for me. But on the same token I have a fiberglass bow, cheapo $25, I had to buy it when my old wood bow broke. That thing feels like a log. Pole
  12. Yank, I personally would choose Old Time, that is what I played primarilly before I started getting into Irish fiddling. I think the two styles are VERY closely related, I'm sure you could pick it up really quickly. Pole
  13. Thanks!! I am about ready for a rehair anyway, so I will inquire about adding weight at that time. Pole
  14. Is there a way to add weight to a particular part of the bow that, #1. wont damage the finish, #2 Isn't permanent, and #3. Doesn't cost much. I tried a bow that had a heavier tip, or at least felt heavier in the tip than the one I'm using now, It felt much better to me. I don't want to spend a bunch of money on a new bow...OK I do want to spend the money, but it isn't prudent. Anyone ever done this? Pole
  15. Thanks for the tip, I'm gonna try it!! Pole