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About MHansen

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    outside Philadelphia
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    Playing violin. Repair (theoretical only; I am eager to learn about repairs but not do them). Folk fiddles. Cases and case blankets.
  1. Interesting. I was just asking myself where one found a radiologist who would blow the heck out of your fiddle with x-rays.
  2. This is certainly what I see with this fddle - the end end block is swiss cheese and the ribs are collateral damage.
  3. Thank you - I will see if I can find those.
  4. Carl Stross beat me to it - I'm sure I could drive them out just by practicing. Unfortunately, the instrument is not in playing condition at this time. I think it would be fair to describe the tailblock as having been consumed.
  5. I have recently acquired a fiddle that has extensive woodworm damage. I am interested, for starts, in making sure it does not get any worse, or share the beetle larvae with anything else I own. What steps should I take? I do know that this fiddle, which is a folk fiddle of a form that I am charmed by, is not going to be an acoustic marvel. I am interested in stopping the damage and preventing any spread of the pest. Many thanks!
  6. Actually, I have a background in historic anthropology. I'm interested in quite a few issues related to the social history of amateur violin playing, including what playing signals in terms of education and social position in various communities (very different things in upper class Boston or London, the American frontier, and the shtetl). In the case of these blankets (and some other artifacts like fancy tailpieces, stylish mutes, 'folk' fiddles with distinctive designs, etc.) I am interested to consider what it means to be willing to spend time or money on embellishing the instrument which, in a pre-recording era, is the focus of a hobby that also gives pleasure to others. Our current situation is very different. Few of us dance to live music, fewer gather in our homes with family and friends to produce music for our shared enjoyment. Our relationship to handwork has changed radically as well; we do not embroider violin blankets to commemorate a birthday. And in general, we are interested in our fiddles looking pretty much identical to everyone else's. Some traditional music fiddlers dress up thier instruments, and you can get 'girly' pink hard cases, but in general our equipment consists of a standard pattern violin in one of several popular varnish colors, with plain pegs and tailpiece, in a sombre protective case with a blanket (if any) that matches the plush lining. I've got a taste for design and a weakness for antique and vintage artifacts that tell stories about what mattered to people in the past. I look forward to seeing more of these blankets!
  7. Amazing! thank you so much for these images from the catalogs!
  8. If you find that bag, I'd sure love to see them! Thanks for the pricing info - have you seen this in catalogs?
  9. Thanks, Glenn! I know you have a nice one - will you post a picture here?
  10. It is handmade. I would describe the embroidery as experienced but not professional.
  11. I am interested in seeing more examples of decorative case blankets, which seem to have been popular decades ago, less so today. Besides the two here, which I own, I have seen a couple of very beautiful embroidered items, probably c. 1900. Who else has come across these, and do you have a photo? Many thanks! Marianne