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Care and attention to detail are built into each instrument. Patterns are made to be similar to but not exact copies of the Strad "Betts" 1704 or Amanti 1666, and respect for tradition is followed. Creativity is also exercised in various "free form" styles. Some of these have been totally acceptable and others less so.
Respect for Tradition
Efforts at Improvising
"Fish Fiddle"


Edward Hagan:
"The traditional wood for the top is some species of spruce. I use Sitka spruce almost exclusively and have used a variety of woods for the back and sides. A good quality curly maple is hard to beat for both beauty and musical qualities. Curly Claro Walnut is equal or better than maple in musical qualities and is beautiful when finished but makes a very dark instrument.
The type wood that creates the most interest and comment is zebra wood. The picture of six fiddles shows one of these but it may not show up well enough to appreciate its total quality. Zebra wood is a bit harder to work with than some of the others and is more expensive but has good sound qualities. Another wood that shows good promise and is interesting is lacewood. It is a bit soft and appears to work best only for the back but has good musical and appearance qualities. Several other woods have been used with varying degrees of success and many more woods will be tried in the future."

The 4 F Company
Fine Fiddles by the Flying Farmer

P.O. Box 1301

Socorro, New Mexico, 87801
E-mail:
acahay@sdc.org
Phone: (505) 835-1047

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