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sycamore
Posted 2021-06-18 6:48 AM (#555742)
Subject: Ovation fiddle


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Location: Cork, Ireland
I met a busker today who is touring Ireland by bicycle with his fiddle in a backpack: which I 've been meaning to do, with harmonicas or maybe my mandolin.

He was a great player and it looked and sounded like a nice fiddle. Knowing what I know about Ireland, cycling and stringed instruments, my first thought that there's always moisture and I thought 'he needs a lyracord fiddle'. Surely someone must have tried it, starting from a mandolin body?


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seesquare
Posted 2021-06-18 8:55 AM (#555743 - in reply to #555742)
Subject: Re: Ovation fiddle


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Posts: 3479

Location: Pacific Northwest Inland Empire
Actually, wouldn't a ukulele body be a better body shape, to begin with? Probably would need a carbon-fibre soundboard & neck for the moisture issues. And, you can have my share of carving or molding that arched top. I don't have the tools or technical knowledge, so I guess I have to pass. Interesting scenario, though.

Edited by seesquare 2021-06-18 8:59 AM
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MWoody
Posted 2021-06-18 8:59 AM (#555744 - in reply to #555742)
Subject: Re: Ovation fiddle



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Posts: 13958

Location: Upper Left USA
Go with a silent fiddle (electric) and a 12 volt amp...
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Standingovation
Posted 2021-06-19 6:16 AM (#555748 - in reply to #555742)
Subject: Re: Ovation fiddle



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Posts: 6161

Location: Phoenix AZ
There are quite a few non-wooden violins available. Here's just one example over at fiddlershop.

https://fiddlershop.com/products/glasser-carbon-composite-violin
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seesquare
Posted 2021-06-19 7:38 AM (#555749 - in reply to #555742)
Subject: Re: Ovation fiddle


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Location: Pacific Northwest Inland Empire
Very helpful suggestions! I would be careful with the electric scenario, due to weight issues. On a bicycle, every ounce will count- how much will the amplification system weigh? Ready-made, carbon fibre instrument @ $600.00 USD. OK, hit the road! Now, if the fabrication & construction is the challenge, well, you're in the right baliwick here. I would love to see photos of the proposed adventure, busking the Irish countryside!
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keldon85
Posted 2021-06-30 10:50 AM (#555802 - in reply to #555742)
Subject: Re: Ovation fiddle


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Posts: 90

Location: northern Georgia
Another possibility would be one of the plastic violins that Mario Maccaferri made in the early 1990s

http://collections.nmmusd.org/Violins/Maccaferri/13503/MaccaferriVi...

I ran across a mention of this when I was scanning my old ASIA Guitarmaker magazines from the 90s. Yes, this is the same Maccaferri that designed the first Selmer guitars that Django Rheinhart played.
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FlySig
Posted 2021-07-21 6:30 PM (#555893 - in reply to #555742)
Subject: Re: Ovation fiddle



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Posts: 3961

Location: Utah
I tried to talk my violinist son into dabbling with an Adamas construction violin. I think it could be superior in tone to an all carbon fiber violin. Alas he has no interest in anything too radical.
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