Jan 31, 2021 at 3:16 pm #3696573
Just completed a ‘cigar box’ style fiddle for backpacking. My design considerations were weight, durability, and field maintainable. And I wanted the scale length of a full sized violin. Got the neck and fingerboard from eBay and bought real tonewood from a guitar wood supplier. It’s not bad. Weighs 413g. Plan is to make a cuben sack to keep it dry, as it will travel outside the pack.Jan 31, 2021 at 3:18 pm #3696575
Where is the photo? Sound clip?Jan 31, 2021 at 3:42 pm #3696582
Well, I did post 3 photos. Not sure where they went. Sound clip coming.
trying again with pics.Jan 31, 2021 at 3:43 pm #3696583Jan 31, 2021 at 3:44 pm #3696584Jan 31, 2021 at 3:55 pm #3696586d kBPL Member
Very nice! Can’t wait to hear the sound clip. Maybe a comparison with the two?Jan 31, 2021 at 5:31 pm #3696604jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
that’s mighty sweet Patrick! Frankly if it sounds half way decent I’d just suggest everyone in my party take a day trip while I sit and fiddle in camp. Violin in the wild! what could be better? didn’t Orpheus charm animals in the woods with his playing?Jan 31, 2021 at 5:51 pm #3696607
Wow, nice work Patrick! It must be really nice work since Jeff got your name right!Jan 31, 2021 at 9:24 pm #3696651MJ HBPL Member
I don’t see a bow, but I’m assuming you can make one that holds up the back of a ProTrail.Feb 1, 2021 at 8:20 pm #3696837
I recorded a sound clip, but can’t figure out how to post it. Any one that can help?Feb 1, 2021 at 8:25 pm #3696840
I don’t think you can post it here, just photos. same with video, can’t post it directly here. you could always make a video, put on youtube, and then post the youtube url here (which should then embed the video here)Feb 1, 2021 at 8:38 pm #3696844
If you are interested in the sound of the little fiddle, you can check it out on youtube:Feb 1, 2021 at 10:06 pm #3696858Michael BBPL Member
Very nice! Comfortable enough on the chin with that cut down pad?Feb 1, 2021 at 10:24 pm #3696860
Patrick, that’s fabulous! I’d sit around a campfire with you any day! :-)
btw, when adding youtube links, make sure you hit ‘return’ after putting in the url, so that the video embeds into your post, like this:Feb 2, 2021 at 9:12 am #3696921Ben CBPL Member
Too cool.Feb 2, 2021 at 11:41 am #3696946d kBPL Member
That is great! Thanks so much for posting the video. That would be pretty sweet even to listen to from across a lake someplace.Feb 2, 2021 at 12:01 pm #3696949
Excellent! Bravo! Well done sir!Feb 2, 2021 at 6:26 pm #3697030
The chin rest isn’t super comfortable, but I will give it a try. It’s OK. I have a small plastic one from a 1/4 violin that I can also use. Trying to go with the least weight.
Thanks for all the positive feedback. Maybe you’ll hear me out there one day!Feb 2, 2021 at 9:12 pm #3697060Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
Wow, nail that catfish! That’s pretty awesome. Maybe someday I’ll have my travel mandolin with me and we can have a little jam.Feb 3, 2021 at 8:27 am #3697109Craig BBPL Member
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. It’s fun to see projects in something a little bit different than the usual. I kept expecting to see a picture of it all folded up in a cigar box! (that’s where my mind went when you described it above)Feb 3, 2021 at 10:39 am #3697123BonzoBPL Member
@bon-zoLocale: Virgo Supercluster
I know nothing of lutherie, but I do know quality woodwork; you did a nice job on that piece. I wish that I had even an ounce of musical ability, as it would be wonderful to sit and play for awhile after a day on the trail. Again: lovely work. I hope to see more.Feb 3, 2021 at 10:41 am #3697124
Craig–I actually tried some other ideas, but the strings place about 80 lbs of pressure on the top, so it has to be a little robust. Cigar box fiddles date back to the Civil War. Apparently, there were lots of cigar boxes, but not many fiddles.
Piper–I hope we get to jam. Several years ago I carried a mandolin on the AT. Here is a pic of an ad hoc jam that broke out one night at a shelter in PA. I’m playing a sweet pea mandolin. The other two hikers were great–one carried a full on fiddle and the other a full size banjo!Feb 3, 2021 at 11:20 am #3697137Andrew MarshallModerator
@andrewsmarshallLocale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians
Patrick, are you interested in working with us on turning this post into a formal article where you walk us through your process step by step (with honorarium, of course!). If so email me at [email protected]Feb 6, 2021 at 10:23 am #3697746Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
Can you imagine hiking the AT with a banjo? I have an octave mandolin banjo and the thing weighs 8lbs.Feb 6, 2021 at 11:49 am #3697765
Maybe it’s me but playing a banjo on the Appalachian Trail might not be a great idea….
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