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The picture above and those that follow are pictures of quality instruments as well as of shapes that were created to follow a theme or to determine the results of shapes or wood combinations. The cello resides happily in Colorado and is shown in a blond color and then with additional color. It managed to leave here without a picture of it completely finished.

The next instrument is a 5 string fiddle made of several hundred small pieces of various hardwoods and spruce, and looks and plays very well

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The next instrument is an antique horn fiddle and was given by a friend in Tennessee. It provided the interest to try several variations. The first was a small box with a cow horn attached. It has a very sweet sound and if amplified will hold its own very well with more traditional looking fiddles. The next is the best looking of the group and plays and sounds quite good. The next group are of what was to be a conversation getter. It was so heavy it couldn't be played well and the sound was not good. The instrument was then used to make what was called a patriotic fiddle with the addition of flags as it was completed about the time as the sadness of 9-11. The instrument is quite good and is capable of working with the best of musicians. The last two of this group were made for the friend in Tennessee in appreciation for his antique instrument and to provide a more fiddle-like instrument of the same type. This instrument probably wouldn't win a fiddle playing contest for its player but does make an interesting fiddle- like sound.

A desire to make an instrument in the shape of a state brought about the next four instrument pictures. As it turned out, the first instrument sounded ok but a better one was desired. The second was much better. These instruments are called "Twin Texas Fiddles". Two state shapes were connected to give a "waist" small enough to give a bowing area.

Two pictures follow of a slightly larger than normal zebra wood fiddle followed by a matched pair, a fiddle and mandolin.

The next two pictures are of an instrument that was created to allow the chin piece to be moved far to the left so that in playing position the tailpin and parallel line along the strings could be pointed toward the other shoulder or closer to the neck but still far to the side of the normal position. It is up to the player to decide whether the effort was worth it.

Next are pictures of a 3/4 instrument of something somewhat different than the norm. It is a very nice instrument.

Eight pictures follow of completed instruments. The first two instruments are of high quality. The third is a nice instrument and the fourth is an 8 stringed instrument, presently with 4 strings. These instruments, together with some of the others shown, indicate that many "standard" instruments of quality are made here, even though others are made for "fun" or to explore the parameters of instrument making over and above what one might learn turning out copy after copy of the Stradivari type. This is not to suggest that any of these offerings can equal that of Stradivari but it is hoped that some do have a reasonable percentage of his qualities.

The last images are those of an instrument that was made up to incorporate many ideas from a correspondent in Sweden. The desire was to have an instrument slightly larger and thicker than a standard 4/4. There was to be a cutout for the left hand and the scroll was to take the form or a ball or possibly a short rod with rounded ends. That part hasn't been done yet. It was also going to test the idea that the top must be of a coniferous wood. This instrument is of curly claro walnut and the top is of curly maple. The result is an instrument with a very nice sound and appears to have good to great capabilities--despite having a hardwood top.

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Updated 12-15-2003

 
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