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Hello Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 10th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Westford Regency, Westford, Massachusetts, USA, Nov. 7-9, 2014. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2014 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There will be a full schedule of over 130 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html Rates are very low for the weekend (with discounts for kids and seniors) and you can also just pay for a single day. Prepaid admissions for the entire weekend are $90 or less. Parking is free and plentiful. You can stay at the Regency in discounted rooms ($99/night plus tax), or commute locally. We'll have 3x the space compared to last year! Our fiddle staff includes 28 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Barbara McOwen, Bob Alessio, Cathy Mason, Charlie Walden, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ed Pearlman, Ellen Carlson, Eric Favreau, George Fowler, Jason Anick, Jenna Moynihan, John Chambers, John Lamencusa, Laurie Hart, Lissa Schneckenberger, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Michelle Kaminsky, Pete Anick, Serena Eades, Shana Aisenberg, Terri Lukacko, and Tom Morley. If you come from the classical tradition, here's a chance to try fiddling in a friendly and supportive environment. There will be various fiddle styles represented, including New England, Irish, bluegrass, Southern oldtime, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Swedish, swing, gypsy, Cajun, Texas and Western Swing. Classes are for beginners (but not absolute novices), advancing beginners, intermediates, and advanced players. The Saturday Night Concert is on Nov. 8th, 7:00-9:30PM, also at the Westford Regency (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $15). It will be followed by a free contra dance. Our 52 Fiddle Hell Common Tunes are listed at http://www.reinerfam...-tune-list.html , and we have recorded them on a 2-CD set, played both fast and slow. This 2-CD set is just $15 postpaid at http://www.reinerfam....com/store.html . It’s a great way to prepare for the jams at Fiddle Hell, and to improve your learning by ear. On Facebook, the 2014 event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1382687611951944 and the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiddlehellmassachusetts . I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner
Hi everyone, I am looking for info on a violin maker named C.P. Kellogg from Belchertown, Massachusetts. I just acquired a violin that sounds great but I cannot seem to find a lot about it. It is full 14 inches long, one piece back, seems like maple cut on the slab. Purfling is real although it looks a bit like it was done by an old man in some areas (it is a bit wobbly in the back and in the upper left corner it seems a little too straight going into the corner) and f-holes seem to be a little asymmetrical (the right is higher and narrow on the wings) maybe after a the Stradivari pattern from around 1717 onwards. It has a few repaired cracks on the top and bottom rib. There is not a paper label per se inside but a burnt brand instead with : C.P.KELLOGG BELCHERTOWN,MASS Any info on either the violin or its maker would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.