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  •  Dear This Old Man (0+ / 0-)

    What a great story!

    I also have a violin.  It belonged to my Grandfather, I think, or some ancestor.  it came into the house when my grandmother moved in.  The neck was broken.  I was a bit of a musician, (Saxophone, and voice), but had never played the violin.  I took it to the instrument repair shop at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington.  They did an insuficient job of reattaching the neck.  I was about 20 at the time. No one else in the family was interested in it.  I went on with my life and the fiddle languished. about 4 years ago I attempted to get it fixed again.  I have begun to enjoy old time music lately and thought it would be fun to give it a try.  Two repairmen later, the fiddle is now fixed.  It was factory made in Germany around 1880-1895. There was a label inside it at one time but now it is lost.  I had a few lessons but I still am very bad, but I will keep practicing.  I am now 53.  I will use your story to inspire me to keep working at it.  I know my grandfather would want a family member to make the fiddle sing again.  Thank you.

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