Category: Fiddles

Caring for a Fiddle

I bought my first fiddle back about nine months ago, and I remember reading all about caring for it because I wanted to keep it perfect. I was determined to keep it looking it’s best and maintaining it so it would always sound great, my playing ability not withstanding! Well, nine months later, and other…

There’s an Artist in the House

My new Fiddleman Artist violin arrived within the past hour. As when I bought my Fiddlerman Concert violin back in February, it arrived extremely well-packed. And, even though I ordered the Artist without any accessories, to my surprise, when I opened the box, it was in a beautiful case, a case on par with the…

Deciding on a New Fiddle. And, the Winner is…

In Deciding on a New Fiddle, I wrote about buying a new, second fiddle. I had narrowed my choice to three models. Well, today I made the choice and purchased a Fiddlerman Artist Violin. I decided to go a step up from my present Concert violin and will consider the Master violin or Soloist violin…

Deciding on a New Fiddle

So, I’ve decided I want to buy a second fiddle, but I can’t make up my mind which one to buy. I have a few reasons why I want a second fiddle and, of course, I will buy it from the Fiddlershop, but which one to get? Will it be the Master? Will it be…

When to Change Strings

I have read that the rule of thumb recommends I should change my strings every six months, and since I am coming up on the six month mark since I purchased my Fiddlerman Concert Violin, I decided to look a little further into this subject. Upon further reading, I have found out that the rule…

Holstein Pernambuco Bow

I have been looking to upgrade my Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow to a Holstein Pernambuco Bow. Yesterday, I received an email from the Fiddlershop with a coupon code for 15% off any Holstein Pernambuco Bow, so I purchased the Holstein 1-star Pernambuco Violin Bow and saved over $40. The bows in the Holstein Pernambuco family are…

Finding the “Right” Chin and Shoulder Rest Combination

So many violin and fiddle players struggle with finding the right chin and shoulder rest combination, some even searching for years! Unlike many other instruments, the violin needs to be sized to fit the players specific body height, weight, and shape. No easy task since we are all built differently. An ill-fitted combination of chin…

Protecting My Fiddle

Realizing a fiddle is a delicate and fragile instrument which can be easily damaged and must be carefully cared for, I wrote a post a couple of months back about the concerns of Temperature and Humidity Exposure on the fine and sensitive wood used to build a fiddle. I also wrote another post about Violin…

Violin Hangers and Holders

The advice I read is don’t let your violin hide in a case; leave your fiddle out so that you see it and it’s readily handy; it is the best motivation for practicing. This is easier said than done when doing so might mean easily damaging it by accident or detrimental environmental factors. Right now,…

Temperature and Humidity Exposure

When it comes to caring for a fiddle, exposure to temperature and humidity extremes are concern number one. Because cold air holds less moisture than warm air, keeping my house’s humidity level at between 40-60% is very difficult during the Winter. It is not unusual for this level to be in the 20-30 range for…