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Letters from James Hardie to Mr Broadfield

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I found these letters today, from 1881 whilst looking through some boxes of violin bits from years ago.

They are from James Hardie, the Scottish maker, to his customer, Mr Broadfield, concerning the upcoming delivery

of a violin made for Mr Broadfield, by Mr Hardie.

A delight to read, he talks of the customer being astonished when it becomes 3 months old, and to be careful, as 

the varnish is not yet dry, that the violin will be lighter when it drys.

The next tells of a mistake in shipping instructions.

The third, is apparently in response to a letter from the customer about the varnish cracking, with 

advice and assurances. 

Wonderful violin history.

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Wonderful, thanks for posting these!!  Addie's right, these should go to an appropriate public collection. 

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I agree - very cool. :)

However, I don't see why it needs to go anywhere...it's just an everyday note - and not particularly notable...:ph34r:

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I doubt this was the only occasion James Hardie had to deal with this particular complaint!

He was a bit of a rogue, the majority of his vast output being Markneukirchen instruments which he varnished and labelled ...

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On February 21, 2018 at 5:16 PM, heavymetalalfa said:

Does anyone here own a James Hardie violin?

Martin has probably handled a few, with or without Scots accents.  

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3 minutes ago, Addie said:

A Mk-Sch?  :blink: :lol:

Think of it as a "Scottish Fantasy" (with apologies to Max Bruch). :lol:

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Haha 

Discretion is the better part of valour I suppose ... but to describe Hardie as an English maker is a bit comical.

I wonder what a “Scottish voice” is in  a violin? Perhaps one that will nae sing if he’s no seen the ickies ...

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A Scottish voice is one that would be recognised at T in the Park or Loopallu.  IMHO the advert J.H. Sounds like it needs a lift to A&E for a bad case of the Ickies. :rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, martin swan said:

...

I wonder what a “Scottish voice” is in  a violin? Perhaps one that will nae sing if he’s no seen the ickies ...

 

4 minutes ago, Addie said:

A Scottish voice is one that would be recognised at T in the Park or Loopallu.  IMHO the advert J.H. Sounds like it needs a lift to A&E for a bad case of the Ickies. :rolleyes:

Ah! But of course!

My own violin sings sweetest in the presence of lederhosen...

 (Slinks back into the woodwork before the tomatoes fly...)...

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