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Christmas Special!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

xmas-discount

It’s not too early to think about Christmas presents for the musicians on your list! From now until December 31st you will save 10% on all orders from our web store. At check out simply enter Merry Xmas in the discount field.

 


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Octave Violin Conversion

Here’s a really fun and interesting experiment inspired in part by the mandolin’s larger cousin the Octave Mandolin. We took a 16″ Viola and set it up with special strings from Sensicore to be played in GDAE tuning an octave below a standard violin. The result is a very robust and rich cello-like timbre that is nothing short of satisfying. An excellent choice for accompaniment, regular fiddle music and fingerings can be used and will sound an octave down.

You can expect to see some further experimentation in this realm from us in the near future. As a broad spectrum of timbre and responsiveness is available by playing with string guage, string length, body size, rosin and bow selection. Who has time to be bored?


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Small Glories – Wondrous Traveler

The Small Glories is a prime example of incredible synergy! JD Edwards and Cara Luft contrast and compliment each other beautifully. Their first full length album, Wondrous Traveler, brimming with top-notch musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and tasteful arrangements, is not to be missed. The songwriting stirs something ancient in the soul and echoes of the North American folk tradition. Every song on the album strikes home; bold, gutsy, honest, and unabashedly human. This duo command the ability to whirl you into the throws of wild dervish one moment, and then knock you (gently) to the ground with a tender, heart-rending ballad the next.
Guided by the over-riding spirit of fun and lust for life, here are true masters of the craft!

Visit them at http://www.thesmallglories.com/

You can buy Wondrous Traveler, as well as their self-titled EP, in store at Mountain Fruit Folklore.


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Spider Capo

I’m really excited about this innovative new capo.

The Spider Capo allows you to individually capo some strings and leave others open. I had a chance to play around with it and was immediately baffled by the endless possibilities it opened. You can imitate open tunings with it, create interesting chords with novel open strings, you can play behind the capo on strings that you leave open, you can even change tunings in the middle of a performance. The way the Spider Capo’s fingers work you are actually capable of fine-tuning each string individually.

The capo itself weighs less than an ounce and the fingers can be easily reversed for use on a left handed guitar.

There are tons of possibilities that will open up for those willing to explore.


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Violin Touch Up

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

IMG_0825This old violin suffered some varnish loss on each side of the lower bout on the back due to some form of shoulder rest abrasion.

IMG_0873With the base colour established layering varnish/colour begins with close attention to retaining the detail of summer/winter grain lines.

IMG_0875Getting close, light sanding between layers and reducing the table edge thru new colour to mimic natural wear.

IMG_0880Finished!