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  1. I love Mark O'Connor. If I could play as well as him, I wouldn't be sitting in this boring office right now trying to motivate myself to get some work done!
  2. I like to use a wound Tonica E with Obligatos. Actually, I like that E string with any set of strings.
  3. fiddlin


    A lot of the Cajun fiddlers I know will sit there & rosin their bows for at least a minute or two before a gig! Myself, I usually give my bow 4 or 5 swipes before a gig, and I almost never rosin the bow between gigs when I practice or play for my own entertainment.
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    I've been using the same cake of Hill Dark for several years, and it seems to be working just fine, also.
  5. I don't know about Bellafina cases, but I've had a Bobelock violin case for at least 5 years, and it shows no signs of falling apart at all. It's still in prime condition. I'd highly recommend Bobelock!
  6. Yeah, Ken Smith actually got in touch with me because he did an Internet search & my Batchelder violin came up. On his web site where he describes the bass, he mentions me & my violin. He also mentions finding another Batchelder violin online. And I was contacted by another guy who has a Batchelder violin. Those are the only 3 instruments I've "found" by Ally Batchelder, and Ken thinks his bass was made by a relative of Ally Batchelder. Believe it or not, I bought this fiddle from a guy named....Ken Smith!
  7. Yeah, I'd tend to blame the Post Office. I could go on about the USPS, but I won't do it here.
  8. quote: Originally posted by: geigen is it perhaps american? It looks like a combination of everything. And we have a winner! It is indeed American. It was built in Frankfort, ME, in 1928 by A.M. Batchelder. I don't know a whole lot of info about this maker, but I did learn that his name was Alvah ("Ally"), and he died sometime around 1961. This instrument is labeled #44 and "Special." I've come across another guy online who has #75 "Special," built in 1953. I don't know what's special about this violin, but the neck appears to be a bit longer and more narrow than normal. The fingerboard is also a bit shorter than usual. As far as the varnish, I have no idea what it is or how it was applied. I just know that the violin has more of a "satin" finish rather than a "glossy" finish. This violin has been my main fiddle for over 6 years. I play mostly Cajun music on it, but I have a few original fiddle tunes that I dabble with. I have a Fishman pickup that I attach to it when I play with bands. The tone is overall pretty nice, but I wish it had a little more of something...more depth or warmth on the G-string...it's hard for me to describe. I'd still love to hear what anybody else has to say about this fiddle. Also, if anybody happens to know anything about the maker, I'd love to hear it. I know that Down East magazine did an article about Batchelder in 1960 called "Maine's Master Violin Maker," but I've yet to find a copy of that article. Here are some attempts at photographing the label inside: Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
  9. Beautiful instrument, Amori! I'd love to see #15 in person & play on it. (I'm not a luthier...just a player. )
  10. I'm curious about the fake graft...what are you folks seeing that indicates that? Maybe it's the angle or the lighting of the photos, but there's no fake graft on this fiddle. Magnus, you're spot on about the age & the fact that it's not a factory fiddle! It was handmade in 1928. Any other comments? I'll probably post the rest of the information tonight.
  11. I'd like to hear your opinions on this violin. I'll post the information I have after I hear what you folks have to say. Have fun! Note: Most of these images are pretty large. Front Front F-hole Back Back Side Side Side Side Pegbox (front) Pegbox (back) Pegbox (side) Pegbox (side) Front (angle) Front (angle) Back (angle) Fingerboard Neck
  12. Thanks for the advice, everybody! I'll probably check out the library & see if it's there.
  13. I would very much like to get a copy of Nathan Milstein's book, "From Russia to the West: The Musical Memoirs and Reminiscences of Nathan Milstein." I was shocked when I saw the prices at Amazon & other online booksellers! The lowest price I've found was something like $97; even the paperback versions are around the same price. Why in the world is this book so expensive? I really want it, but is this book really worth $100+? Thanks for any insight!
  14. quote: Originally posted by: Michael_Molnar Rap "music". Mike in NJ Agreed!
  15. I use a Fishman. I slide it into the slot on the G side of the bridge & clamp the jack just above the chinrest. I play it through an SWR California Blonde amp, and I've been pleased with the sound for the last several years. When I want to play acoustic, I pull the pickup from the bridge & unclamp the jack.
  16. That was pretty good! I enjoyed watching it.
  17. I like for loop end E-strings to go over the single prong fine tuners, too. For some weird reason, looping the end over one of the 2 prongs on some fine tuners looks strange to me.
  18. In the world of Cajun music, I wouldn't mind if I never again heard "Jolie Blonde," "Jambalaya," and "Don't Mess With My Toot-Toot."
  19. I've used a wound Tonica E for years & it's been an excellent match for me. I use Violinos for the A, D, & G strings. The wound Tonica E sounds good to me & almost never whistles.
  20. Thanks, Marie! It's good to see you again.
  21. Hello, everybody. I was a member here at the Maestronet forums several years ago, but I haven't posted in 2 or 3 years. I revived my old account & I hope I can find the time to become an active member here once again. This is a great place! I've been playing the fiddle for 21 years. I've been specializing in Cajun fiddling for the past 15 or 16 years, and it's really been a lot of fun. I've played in many Cajun bands over the years, and I currently play fiddle in one band and bass guitar in another. I've traveled to many states and even Europe to play music over the years. I'm really enjoying it! I love all kinds of violin music & I have the highest respect for you classical violinists. I'd love to learn classical violin someday. I'm only 30 years old...still young! I've seen Itzhak Perlman & Joshua Bell in concert, and I was completely thrilled to be there. My main instrument is a violin made by A.M. Batchelder of Frankfort, ME, in 1928. I've owned it for 6 years now. I've tried several different types of strings over the years, and I keep coming back to Violinos, although I really like Obligatos, too. But to my ear, Violinos sound the closest to gut strings & they seem to suit this instrument perfectly. Anyway, just wanted to pop in & say hello!
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