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Fiddlin' Around

Show us your handmade fiddles, post video, explain how you built them.

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Tips On Building A Better Cigar Box Violin by Tim LaFave

Started by Ted Crocker Nov 19, 2013. 0 Replies

For those new to cb fiddle building, permit me to share some hard-earned tips to get you started right.1.   Getting Started:   If you want to build a full-size (4/4) violin, it is critical that you…Continue

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First Fiddle

Started by Marmelade. Last reply by murrayatuptown Aug 26, 2013. 4 Replies

Hi, I hope I'm in the right page. I'd like to make my first violin. I've been playing the banjo for a year now, I use to be a drummer so string instruments are stil difficult to play for me. I'd like…Continue

Newbie in Asheville - Building "Stumpwater" Fiddle

Started by Al Lyons. Last reply by Al Lyons Jul 28, 2013. 12 Replies

Hi Gang,I'm a newbie in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. I'm hoping to build what I will call the "Stumpwater" Cigar Box fiddle. My Mama told me recently that my Great-Grandfather…Continue

Building my new fiddle - Electro accoustic

Started by Dave Brown. Last reply by Dave Brown Apr 11, 2012. 1 Reply

Day 1 - 6 hours The template                Making the mold …Continue

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Comment by Mark Melchior on July 31, 2011 at 5:10pm
The e-bay piece is like a relic.  That is the real raw americana there.
Comment by bairfoot cajun on July 31, 2011 at 4:49pm
found a cool old fiddle made from a cigar box on e-bay--just thought of posting it here for its pictorial value to the members here.
Comment by bairfoot cajun on July 31, 2011 at 4:48pm
Comment by JoJo on February 24, 2011 at 4:11pm

Here is the video of my son playing the violin I made....and my hubby on the guitar.http://handmademusic.ning.com/video/romance-by-beethoven


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Comment by JoJo on February 24, 2011 at 4:09pm
just posting the violin pictures in this group
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on November 11, 2010 at 4:20am
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on October 14, 2010 at 6:58am
Thanks for the info Ben I will slack it off. Yeah that was a fun build and plan on doing another one using a bigger box. It`s a blast playing it but still have to tweek it alittle. Change string gauges[ heavier strings more bass sound], change the bone saddle[ needs to have a steeper angle on the side strings so the middle string can be bowed], and woodburn fret dots on the side of the neck for reference points. As soon as I get the hang of playing it I`ll do a vid, just so you all can hear it.
Comment by Ben on October 14, 2010 at 6:09am
Randy - Very Cool! I'm so jealous! (Side point...I know every bow is different but that one looks really tight. The stick should bow the other way so that there's about a pencil's width between the hair and the stick at the closest point. That'll keep the bow responsive and minimize how it warps over time [all wood bows will get pulled to one side or the other over time]). Great Build Though!
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on October 13, 2010 at 9:08pm
My bowed dulci/cello

Comment by JoJo on October 13, 2010 at 8:27pm
check this out...directions to build a cigar box fiddle http://carolinafiddle.com/images/pdf%20files/How%20to%20make%20a%20...

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