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Whew! How do busy people do it? I'm behind and weary and I know I'm not doing half of what some people do. *sigh*
I had planned on updating this on Wednesday and just haven't had the chance.

Monday morning, bright and early, I was in St. Louis waiting for the Violin Shop to open. Alainn Teaghue is at the fiddle doctor's. Geoffrey Seitz is a master violin maker who makes and repairs violins. He also plays both classical violin and oldtime/bluegrass fiddle. Alainn is in good hands.

I finally found out about my wee fiddle. It has no lable and Ernie, the friend we got it from didn't know anything about it, neither did his uncle who had given it to Ernie when Ernie was a kid. Geoffrey took one look at it and said, "I know what this is."
Alainn Teaghue is a Jackson - Guldan violin. The Jackson - Guldan Violin Co. of Columbus, Ohio was in business from the early 1900s into the 1960s. My violin is circa 1930s. Jackson - Guldan was one of the first companies to make machine made instruments. The parts were all machine cut and formed then the instruments were assembled by hand. Because of this, the instruments were available at a cheaper price and considered beginner level instruments. A unique thing about these insturments is the side piece. On most violins the side piece is made up of several pieces shaped then fitted together before being glued into place between the front and back sections. Jackson - Guldan came up with a way to make the side piece from one long strip of wood that was shaped, fitted together with just one join (seam) and then put into place. Their violins became known for having a very good tone quality despite being machine made.

Geoff even had one brought in that had been tampered with to make it appear to be an antique Italian violin. Geoff knew immediately, because of the side piece, that it was a Jackson - Guldan. The customer would not believe him because the insturment had such a good tone.
All that said, Geoff said it is a good little fiddle and worth repairing. Alainn needs:
new pegs
new nut
new sound post
new bridge
new D string
the finger board needs to be planed
clean out and reglue an old, poorly done, repair
complete checking over and cleaning
I miss Alainn and can hardly wait to get him back. Geoff said that, as a fiddler himself, he would have found it awkward to play Alainn as he was and that I should be much happier once everything is repaired and adjusted. I should have him back by the 27th at the latest.
I am improving with my PT. My arms already have a greater range of motion though they, especially the right one, still ache. I found and have ordered a set of 4 DVDs of yoga specifically put together for people with Repetitive Stress Injuries of the upper body - primarily arms, wrists and hands. They were put together by an orthopedic doctor who had also done yoga most of her life. I'm hoping they will also help a lot :)
Knitting_hobbit, I'll let you know what I think of them after I get them and try it for a while - they might help with your wrists :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Hope all of you are well :)



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Mar. 17th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hullo, dear friend! I've missed you all week, but that is another story all together.

So, I'm not the only one who names her favourite toys, eh? Good to hear Allain is doing well. :-) Didn't know she was at the clinic, but we haven't touched base all week, either. Someday I'll get to hear you play your fiddle. :-)

Slainte--Happy St. Patty's Day to you, too!

Mar. 18th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Slainte and Happy St. Patrick's day to you, dear Pippinfan :)

I know, I've missed chatting with you, even if only for a little while.

Yes, someday you will get to hear Alainn and I talk and sing :)

Love ya :)
Mar. 18th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
Sounds as if Alainn Teaghue is in good hands indeed. This guy knows his musical instruments.
Glad to hear that your range of motion is improving. I have always wanted to do Yoga and they offer a class through my work but it falls right in the middle of my shift so that I am unable to take it! They never set anything at a proper time for those of us on the 12pm to 8pm shift! Whine.
Mar. 18th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
I don't blame you for whining. That shift is the one that usually gets slighted. Bru worked 3pm to 11pm for a few years of our marriage and had that same problem.
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
I hope the DVD's help both you and Dee!
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