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  1. I bought a violin recently but i think it sounds very tinny and sharp when played. is there anything i can do to get a more mellow sound from it, like changing strings? i dont know what strings are currently on it. I just really hate the sharp tinny sound. Thanks
  2. Portland, Maine master luthier Jonathan Cooper will be teaching a one-week lutherie class at the Acadia Trad Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine from June 24-29, 2017. At his shop in Portland Maine, Jon has made over 400 instruments in the last 40 years. His fiddles are played by many of the world’s best performers in trad music. In this one week workshop intensive, students will work together on a fiddle that will be completed in the white – no varnish. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate and advanced makers but can be a good beginning foundation as well for those interested. Students are welcome to bring an instrument they are working on and get guidance from Jon in working on their own instrument. The class will cover an introduction to design and construction in all important aspects. There will be hands on demonstrations as well as access to an extensive personal library and direct examples of work from famous makers. Daily talks on varying subjects including history, maintenance, set up and sound production will be open to the camp at large as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, however a limited number of tools will be available for students who do not have all the necessary equipment. This class has a $40 lab fee payable when you arrive. Please share:
  3. Old Scottish violin

    I was visiting a friend recently and hanging on their wall was this rather sad old fiddle. I thought it looked a bit interesting so I quizzed them about it, aparrently it had belonged to their grandfather (this would put it back to early 20th century), and he had brought it from Scotland over to Ireland, and it was not new when he had it (not sure if he got it from an older relative or bought it secondhand - I can ask) I spotted the old-style neck and the aparrent inscription monogrammed onto the front? The neck is loose and wobbly, I told them it was interesting and that they should look after it. I have a lot more closeups if people want to see them. Looking forward to hearing your opinions on this thing!
  4. 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
  5. Hello Fiddling Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 9th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Colonial Inn and Scout House in Concord, Massachusetts, Nov. 8-10, 2013. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2013 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There's a full schedule of over 100 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html Rates are low for the weekend or a single day, and parking is free. Our fiddle staff includes 22 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Barbara McOwen, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ed Pearlman, Ellen Carlson, George Fowler, John Chambers, Julie Metcalf, Laurie Hart, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Paul Harty, Pete Anick, Serena Eades, Stacy Phillips, Terri Lukacko, Tom Morley. If you come from the classical tradition, here's a chance to try fiddling in a 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. The Saturday Night Concert is on Nov. 9th, 7:00-9:00PM, at the nearby Concord Scout House (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $15). It will be followed by a 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. I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner
  6. Hello Fiddling Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 8th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Colonial Inn and Masonic Lodge in Concord, Massachusetts, Nov. 2-4, 2012. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2012 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There's a full schedule of over 150 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html That’s twice as many sessions as last year! Our fiddle staff includes 20 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Anne Hooper, Becky Tracy, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ellen Carlson, George Keith, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Julie Metcalf, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Michelle Kaminsky, Stacy Phillips, and Terri Lukačko. 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. The Friday Night Concert is on Nov. 2nd, 7:30-9:30PM, at the Masonic Lodge across the street (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $10), featuring Andy Reiner, Becky Tracy, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Matt Glaser, and Stacy Phillips. 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. I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner