FAQ: Fiddle Care and Setup (eBook)
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, explai ...more
Product Number:
21441EB
Format:
eBook
Skill Level:
Beginning
Pages:
80
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6097-4690-2
ISBN13:
978-16097-4690-2
Series:
FAQ
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
10/6/2010
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
-essential accessories
-recommended accessories
-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
Introduction
Chapter 1: Basic Rules for Handling a Fiddle
Chapter 2: The Fiddle and Bow
Fiddle vs Violin
History of the Violin
Construction
Design and Decoration
Chapter 3: Accessories
Essential Accessories
Recommended Accessories
Sources
Chapter 4: Routine Maintenance
Cleaning
When to Change Strings
How to Change Strings
Adjusting the Bridge
Chapter 5: Occasional Maintenance
Replacing Fine Tuners
Tightening Chinrest
Stuck, Sticking and Slipping Pegs
Adjusting the Eyelet in the Frog
New Tailgut or Endpin
Replacing the Tailpiece
Cleaning the Inside
Chapter 6: Home Bridge Work
Who Should Replace the Bridge?
When You Need a New Bridge
Installing a Bridge
How to Make a Bridge
Chapter 7: Professional Repairs
Rehairing the Bow
When to Rehair
Replacing and Repositioning the Soundpost
Cracks and Open Seams
New Bridge or Nut
Removing Fingerboard Grooves
Chapter 8: Customizing Tone, Volume and Playability
Different Bows
String Sleeves
Different String Types and Gauges
Bridge Location and Height
String Spacing on the Bridge
Bridge Weight
Rosin
Professional Adjustments and Their Costs
Chapter 9: Storage, Shipping and Transporting
Storage
Shipping
Air Travel
Chapter 10: Common Problems
Buzzes and Rattles
Stiff Fine Tuners
Loss of Bow Hair
Bow Bugs
Sudden Loss of Pitch
Strings that Keep Breaking
Chapter 11: Dealing with Luthiers and Dealers
Finding a Good Luthier
Dealers
Estimates
Sources and Professional Associations
Chapter 12: Tips on Buying Beginner and Budget Instruments
Rental or Purchase?
Alternative Budget Suggestions
Online Sources
Comparing Prices
List Price
Helpful Hints
Chapter 13: Tips on Buying Better Quality Instruments
Set Your Goals
Caveat Emptor - Buyer Beware
Older is Not Necessarily Better
Ask the Right Questions
On-line Sources and Auctions
Second Opinions
Return Policies
Fiddles as Investments
Chapter 14: Problems to Avoid When Buying
False Labels
Bad Setup
Instruments Needing Repairs
Evaluating Older Instruments
Chapter 15: What is It Worth?
Different Meanings of Value
Relation of Sound Quality to Value
Value vs Resale Price
Getting Appraisals
Certificates
Glossary
 
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