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Teardrop fiddle build #1: Getting moldy

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-20-2020 02:00 AM 348 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had this one in mind for a while and since the current crisis is giving me some slack time at work, I figured I’d just go for it.
A teardrop fiddle is a violin, but shaped more like a teardrop than an hourglass. I’m making this up as I go, so hang on for the ride!

Tonight I made the mold for the body. I used a scrap of 3/4 inch plywood. The mould is used to hold the end blocks and to shape the thin strips of wood that are called ribs. I cut most of everything else I needed in my shop and will bring the whole thing to work. Providing the current unpleasantness doesn’t keep me away from work, where my tools for this live, I should have it done in a few weeks.

The mold, wood for the plates, and a violin neck that I had laying around.

I created the shape by tracing one of my violins, preserving the width at the waist and tapering it to the neck.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-20-2020 02:28 AM

Other than the obvious shape difference, is there a difference to the volume or tone or playability of a teardrop vs. a normal fiddle?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 03-20-2020 10:36 AM

This looks to be a very interesting build, waiting for the next update.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 03-20-2020 11:05 AM



Other than the obvious shape difference, is there a difference to the volume or tone or playability of a teardrop vs. a normal fiddle?

- Dave Polaschek

Theoretically I think it should be not as loud. Basically everything that led to the shape of a violin was to make it louder. And since mine hasn’t the upper two bouts, or shoulders if you will, the player will have to hold it by the neck to place the instrument under the chin. It should also be easier to play the higher notes on the fingerboard because of the lack of those upper bouts.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 03-20-2020 11:08 AM



This looks to be a very interesting build, waiting for the next update.

- Oldtool

Much of the progress will depend on my workload at the shop. There’s not a lot going on with the schools closed in our area. Nobody’s breaking their instruments.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Serradura

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#5 posted 03-21-2020 12:11 AM

That’s an interesting project to follow!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com

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