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  1. Does anyone know where I can get some music for Whiskey Before Breakfast, Orange Blossom Special, and a couple other popular fiddle tunes? Right now I'm attempting to play them by ear from a cd I have (somewhat successfully).
  2. THanks, all, for the suggestions. For Sorcha, thanks for suggesting www.ceolas.org, it was very helpful, I got alot, and to asnwer fiddlin's questions, I am from/live in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Like I said, I really like fiddle, but I have a classical background and am currently slogging through the suzuki books. I also have a severely enthusiastic father who plays banjo and guitar. It'll be fun, and I'll try the Mel Bay books and the Fiddler's Fakebook. Thanks again, All!!
  3. I had a Schweitzer that was my grandma's, it had a solid back, a great finish, and a nice tone, and was appraised at 3K. I am debating on trying to buy another Schweitzer, because I liked the one I had (it is in major disrepair now). I know that there are still violin makers that make those with solid backs, but I want to know when the trend changed from solid backs tobookmatched ones. Earlier, all violins had solid backs, but now, most violins have two-piece backs. When was the change? kelly
  4. How good are schweitzer violins, and does anyone know when about violins stopped bieng made with solid backs.
  5. I am just starting cajun, bluegrass, and scottish fiddle, and I was wondering: Does anyone know where I can get some good, but not TOO complicated, fiddle tunes of any persuasion that possibly could be accompanied by banjo or giutar? Most of the tunes I have are a few bars long, or at most a few lines (withour lyrics).
  6. One thing that I discovered when I stripped the finish off a burnt Cremona, is that they used good wood, they just cut corners. The cremona we had was valued at $150-$300 and was a student violin that sounded o.k. (for a cheap violin) and I stripped it, and they didn't use real purfeling, it was painted on. Accessories were mahogany, not ebony (such as fingerboard, taipliece, chinrest) that were blackened. The scroll was not completely wood, as it is very hard to cut the details on a scrool, so the wood was cut vertically straight, minus the curly-things, which were added on in a paste form. The paste form is a solid at most normal temps, but it reacts to furniture stripper. Just an interesting piece of info!
  7. I need info on Cremona violins, Stainer copies, and Schweitzer violins (makers, good/bad instraments, etc.) I have several assorted violins that need repairs, two from a housefire, one just has cracks, and I am looking for information on the creators, to go on my website. Pictures of the extent of the damage are on my website, http://members.tripod.com/fiddle.fair Violin 1: Cheap Cremona violin, went through housefire, singed and damaged, (is going to be turned into an electric violin). This is the violin I used in school, and it was cheap but it sounded okay for a student violin. I need info on electric violins as well as anyone's views on the subject. Parts of the top are too singed to stay, and must be cut out (the top will not be replaced). Violin 2: Schweitzer 1873 violin, was in excellent condition, had a great tone, solid back, but now has a hole in the top and rib, and is probably singed or charred in places (I haven't stripped the finish yet). We (my father and I) are not sure whether to replace the top or not. Would it ruin it if we refinished it, and replaced the top, or what are some other suggestions? Violin 3: Stainer copy, 1875, has three cracks on front, a top seperation, and the back was seperated. My question is, should we pullthe top, because it's twisted, or try to repair it?. see the website for the extent of damage (it's not pretty, but REALLY good pictures) Thanks, very much :-)
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