5-String Commission Delivered

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Five String Fiddle Went Home

We (my wife and I) went to the home of the customers who had commissioned the Koa Five-string Fiddle. They received us graciously, and were thrilled with the new instrument.  We spent an hour or so visiting, playing the instrument, etc. and finally left to go back home.

The new owners graciously volunteered to lend me the 5-string Koa fiddle in April to show at the Marylhurst University Musical Instrument show. So, if you come to the show you can play the curly Koa Five-string fiddle.

Here are pictures my son took the night before we made delivery:

Front view

Front view

 

Bass side

Bass side

 

Treble side

Treble side

 

Back view

Back view

 

Bass side scroll

Bass side scroll

 

Treble side scroll

Treble side scroll

 

Back side scroll

Back side scroll

 

Front side scroll

Front side scroll

 

Bass side f-hole detail

Bass side f-hole detail

 

These photos were a lot better than the ones I took, so I thought some people might like to see them. If you want to see the fiddle in person, please come to the show. I hope to have a double bass done by that time, too, but we will see what I actually accomplish.

I will try to post progress reports on the bass project, too.

Thanks for looking.

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5 Responses to “5-String Commission Delivered”
  1. 10.18.2015

    Good looking fiddle, Chet! Very interesting wood choice.

    • 10.19.2015

      Thanks, David. The customer brought the wood to me, asking whether I would build a five-string fiddle from his chunk of treasured Koa. He had carried it with him for 33 years or some such number, and wanted a fiddle made of it. It sounds great, thankfully, and looks spectacular, though certainly not traditional. I guess once you step over into five-string fiddles, “traditional” is kind of gone anyway. 🙂

  2. Chris Hadfield
    10.20.2015

    Awesome just Awesome the way you do everything in your life as well as help others succeed…

  3. 11.05.2015

    I don’t remember if I commented on this fiddle, but I think it’s AWESOME I love the figure in the koa !!!

  4. 11.05.2015

    Thanks, James! The customer likes it too! 🙂 Working on a bass, now.


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