Monday, September 19, 2016
Sometimes, one gets the feeling that there is more to be had with a particular instrument. I finished this one this past February. It was an experiment, in that I left the plates fairly thick, trying to follow the graduation pattern of the Paganini violin, Guarneri del Gesu's "Cannone" of 1743. For example, the center of the back was about 6 mm thick. More typical is the 4 to 4.5 range, and some are thinner than that.
I played it for a few months, not completely happy with it, though I am one of those who never is quite happy with a fiddle, so I try not to be hasty, but give a fiddle some time to develop.
But, in playing it, I felt there was more sound quality to be had. This past June, I pulled the top and took a little thickness off the top. It wasn't as thick as I remembered, so the modification was minor. Put it back together and continued playing it. Certainly an improvement.
I played this fiddle for several tunes two Saturdays ago, at the Boise contra dance, in an ADAE tuning. It rang pretty nicely on those tunes in D major. But with all that "A", I noticed even more the tendancy for a bit of a wolf on the open A. Easy enough to handle with a little practice, but why should one need to?
So today, I pulled the top and am taking some of that thickness out of the back. A fair amount actually. Not overly thin, but a significant proportional change for this fiddle.
I am curious to see the effect it has.