fiddlerjer

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  1. A little publicity for the washtub cello -- Ellen published an article in this month's issue of Maplewood Matters, a local magazine: https://www.mattersmagazine.com/stories/strummin-on-the-old-washtub-cello-by-ellen-kahaner
  2. The angle of the strings across the bridge is nearly 180 degrees on a banjo, isn't it? So there is less downward pressure on the skin. I guess if one were to set out to make a boudhrán fiddle, it would be good to set the angle of the neck pretty flat to keep the angle of the strings across the bridge as wide as possible.
  3. I thought the wood under the bridge might be there to protect it from tearing the skin.
  4. I may be mistaken -- my thought was that the wooden drumhead with its internal bracing would be strong enough to support the tension of the strings without the neck passing through it.
  5. I played a gourd fiddle with a skin top last summer and really liked the sound of it. Using a drum for the body seems like a great idea to me because it would simplify the construction and obviate the need for the neck to pass through the body.
  6. I saw this image posted in a Facebook cello group and I was surprised. What a great idea! Similar to a gourd fiddle, except the wooden rim is strong enough that the neck would not need to extend through the body.
  7. So what about this, I have a Marktneukirche violin that I like, could I just lay it down on paper and trace the outline? Then I guess I'd need to go 3.5 mm inside that to get the outline of the ribs.
  8. I'm going to make a violin this year. My plan is as follows: over the next couple of months, I'm going to make a template and mold, and cut out blocks for the mold. In June, I'll take the template, mold and blocks, plus the wood I have for top, back and ribs, to Cambridge Violin Makers; over the course of my week there, I am hoping to finish the rib garland and to get a start on shaping the top and back. Back home I'll finish the top and back, build a neck, put the body together, and finish and set up the violin. At this point what I need to do is choose an outline and make a template. Any recommendations on what outline to use?
  9. (Belly: Amati lot 174. Ribs: Amati lot 224. Table: 45th Parallel Tonewood)
  10. Thanks, James! Thanks, Patrick!
  11. I don't know... the instrument is quite young still. If it turns out to be a problem I'll drill the nickel out and put epoxy in there instead. (The nickel is filling a hole from a dowel that someone had put in the neck of the cello this fingerboard previously belonged to.)
  12. Nice! My cello has a nickel too, but on the fingerboard.
  13. Oh cool! I did not even notice the little link for "English" at the top of the home page...
  14. The fishing weight is about 5 grams. Just about the same as a nickel!