An owner's manual for fiddlers, this guide covers basic instrument maintenance, upkeep and adjustment. It offers rules for preserving instruments and preventing costly damage. It discusses fiddle history and construction, explaining the differences between fiddles and violins. Step-by-step illustrations demonstrate how to change strings and replace fine tuners. It covers cleaning and minor home repairs, including adjusting and replacing bridges. It discusses when to change strings and rehair the bow, explaining what matters require the care of an expert repair person. It explains ways to customize tone and playability. Additional sections treat valuation and appraisals, tips for buying fiddles, and ways to find good dealers and repair people. A glossary defines technical terms.
basic rules for avoiding costly damage
how fiddles are built
cleaning, changing strings, adjusting the bridge
replacing fine tuners
fixing sticking and slipping pegs
when to rehair the bow
customizing tone and volume
buzzes and rattles
finding good dealers and repair people
tips on buying
explanation of valuation. ©2008, 80 pages.