Curious if anyone here also plays the Hardanger fiddle? I did check out the archive and it's been mentioned a few times in the past. I've recently been taken by the sound of that instrument, and am exploring the idea of eventually obtaining one. Such a beautiful sound and of course they are visually striking.
I've had a go on one, really good fun. If you can, I recommend giving it a try :)
If you haven't already, take look at hfaa.org. They have a fiddle loan program that could be worth looking into. I believe they also have an active Facebook group. Some areas have local Scandinavian music and dance groups that are still meeting online, so you can join from anywhere. I know the one in Seattle is hosting online jam sessions. If you have a contact in your profile and are interested, I can PM you some additional resources.
Only got hold of one once, when I was relatively fresh into the violin world and not a competent judge at all. It was made by Salve Håkedal from Birkeland, Norway, was a handsome and well made piece of wood, and great fun. And 54000 NOK seem more than reasonable prized for a fully handmade instrument. Keep in mind that reselling a 10-20k USD folk instrument might give you a hard time...
I've always loved the sound of this instrument, and the Scandinavian fiddle music associated with it, but I've have never had the chance to play one -- good luck in your search! There's an excellent Quebec musician, Jean-François Bélanger, who plays both traditional Hardanger fiddle and Nyckelharpa -- I think you'd enjoy his performances on Youtube. . .
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I also love the Nyckelharpa and would love one, but figure I've more of a shot with the Hardanger. Basically I want to take on another bowed instrument and I do enjoy various world folk music.
Does your area have an active Scandinavian music/dance community? I highly recommend reaching out if there is one, as I'm sure you'll find very welcoming people who may be able to help you try out a Hardanger Fiddle and provide other Scandinavian music resources.
I would be vary of the Chinese hardanger fiddles on ebay, too many things could go wrong, and need expensive maintenance IMHO
Lyndon, 100% agree. And chances are high you won't receive anything like a Hardanger fiddle, but rather a bastard violin if you are lucky. Note that several construction characteristics are quite different from those of a classic violin. Not only in the top plate around the f holes, where it may be most obvious. And only a hardingfele will own the special sound of a hardingfele...
I live and work in Ballard, WA, a small Scandy enclave in Seattle. I have restored many, presently have 4 in the shop, just shipped one out for purchase, and occasionally have one for sale.
The need for caution is noted. Come late fall I may reach out to you Duane. Pretty sure I want one, time will tell when.