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 Pops
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Hi All,

Newbie here. I call myself Pops because that's what the grand daughters call me. I have two beautiful ones who live in California with their parents. My son is Air Force retired and back in school. Kid couldn't change a spark plug as a teenager, and they had him working on fighter jets in the Air Force. Go figure...

Now, that I am recently retired, I am looking to pick up a few new hobbies other than fishing and gardening, and so me and the wife don't kill each other since we're home together full time, now!

I don't play the fiddle, but I have always wanted to. I was surfing around the internet looking for information last week and I found this website. I've been doing a lot of reading on it and decided to join the forum today.

I am probably going to purchase a fiddle soon. I was thinking of just getting a cheap one from Amazon, but from what I have read on the internet, cheap is not the best way to go. Learned they can be more of a PITA and harder to play than a decent one. I see here on this website Jim talks a lot about Fiddleshop violins, so I am looking at them now. Haven't made up my mind yet.

Looking forward to getting to know you all. I'm sure I'll have much more to say (and ask) once I get my fiddle.

Pops

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Posted : December 1, 2019 9:22 am
Bluetick
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Howdy, Pops!  Welcome aboard from another new fiddler!  Where are you from?

Ne'er had a brother ner a whole pair o' pants

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Posted : December 1, 2019 9:28 am
MoonShadows
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Hiya Pops! Welcome to the forum. Nice to have another old folk with us! Likewise, looking forward to getting to know you, too. BTW...I don't think you can beat a Fiddlerman fiddle for the prices. I have two of them (Concert and Artist). Both are beautiful instruments and sound great...well, sound a great as they can with me playing them! 😮

Jim
"The violin sings but the fiddle dances"

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Posted : December 1, 2019 10:49 am
Cervus-Venator
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Hi Pops, welcome and good choice on deciding to try the Fiddle for a hobby.  My plan is to retire by May 31st and I can't wait. 

I have my first violin that I am getting ready to sell.  Depending on what you are looking at (Price range, style) you may interested in mine.  I was going to list it on eBay.  It is a Cecilio 600 like new and comes with case and bow.  I got it new off of Amazon about a year ago, but have moved on to older vintage/antique fiddles and since I have a second one (vintage fiddle) on the way (and to keep the wife from nagging me about buying too many fiddles) I've decided to sell the original one that I purchased. 

Either way, good look on you hunt for a fiddle and I can't wait to hear about your progress in playing.  

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Posted : December 1, 2019 11:03 am
Pops
 Pops
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Well, thank you for the nice welcome! 

Yes, another "old folk"!

I am on the outskirts of a little town about 15 miles outside of Binghamton, NY. I have a nice little plot of land with a pond I built years ago and stocked with bass, bluegills and catfish. That's where I do most of my fishing these days. I grow my vegetables in the nice weather in my garden.

I think I am going with a Fiddlershop fiddle. Just not sure which one yet, but I am going to treat myself to an early Christmas present. I'll let you all know.

CV-Congrats on the upcoming retirement. So far, I am loving it!

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Posted : December 1, 2019 12:41 pm
old cowboy
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welcome aboard pops. I highly recommend Fiddler Shop violins. I bought a cheap one from amazon to start with and when I saw I might be serious about playing I bought a Fiddle Master from fiddler shop. Great sounding and looking fiddle! I also recommend Fiddlehed fiddle lessons on you tube. Jason is a great teacher and you won't find a better person to deal with. Hope to hear from you soon on your progress!

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Posted : December 1, 2019 6:38 pm
old cowboy
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@pops

Welcome aboard Pops. I highly recommend Fiddler Shop fiddles. I bought one from them when I saw I was going to be serious about playing. I also recommend Fiddlehed fiddle lessons on you tube. Jason is a great teacher and as fine a person as you will ever meet to deal with. Hope to hear from you soon on your progress!

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Posted : December 1, 2019 6:43 pm
Pops
 Pops
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Hi @old cowboy

Thanks for the welcome. I have it narrowed down to a Fiddlershop Apprentice or Concert fiddle. I also read about Fiddlehed on a couple of Jim's posts. Looks good. I signed up for the free trial.

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Posted : December 1, 2019 9:52 pm
wildflower
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Welcome Pops and it's nice to have you with us other oldies. Let us know what violin you decide on. It's exciting.

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

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Posted : December 2, 2019 10:13 am
Pops
 Pops
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Well, I bought me a fiddle. I was going to buy the Fiddlershop Apprentice, but then my wife told me to go on and treat myself for Christmas and get the Concert fiddle, so I did. It should arrive next week. I also signed up for the trial with Fiddlehed. I like what I see so far. Might have to get a subscription, not sure if I want to get a teacher right away. I'll let you all know when my fiddle arrives.

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Posted : December 7, 2019 12:06 pm
MoonShadows
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Congrats! 🍺  The Concert violin was my first fiddle, too.

Jim
"The violin sings but the fiddle dances"

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Posted : December 7, 2019 12:53 pm
old cowboy
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Aren't wives wonderful!

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Posted : December 7, 2019 4:39 pm
MoonShadows
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@old-cowboy

They sure are; except when they aren't. 😆  But, don't tell her I said that! 🙄 

Jim
"The violin sings but the fiddle dances"

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Posted : December 7, 2019 4:52 pm
wildflower
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I'm so excited for you, Pops. Wait until you open the box and see how beautiful a violin is that close up and personal. I still remember when I got mine.

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

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Posted : December 9, 2019 6:13 am
Pops
 Pops
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Well, my new Concert Fiddle Outfit arrived from the Fiddlershop yesterday, and it's a real beauty. I can't get over how delicate it is in these big old hands. I started scratching on it right away. I also signed up for a month on Fiddlehed.  I'm having fun, even if I can't play anything yet! 

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