- Whiskey Box Pocket Fiddle by Don Rickert Design
ATTENTION!: Now available ONLY as a custom-made instrument.
Several years ago, Dr. Rickert, did a design study of just how simple one could make a pocket fiddle, also known as a pochette and still get a decent sound with good playability. The outcome was a prototype of a pochette-sized instrument made from half of a whiskey or wine bottle box. Think of it as a really skinny cigar box fiddle. The body is made of basswood (linden) and the top is good spruce tone wood. It played and sounded amazingly good.
You can find demonstrations of this instrument at our YouTube channel (DoctorFiddle) in the "Demos of Select Instruments" Playlist.
This was our first instrument to be available in two left-handed configurations, at no extra charge:
- Standard right-handed tuning but with the peg layout reversed so that the G-string tuning peg does not interfere with playing. This is for left-handed players who play a right-handed fiddle "backwards", like what Jimi Hendrix did with a guitar.
- Completely left-handed version, with reversed bass bar, sound post, tuning pegs and strings.
Anyway, we made a video of Darci Jones playing a tune called "The Bright Hollow Fog" and it has gotten more than 30,000 viewings on YouTube, and more positive commentary than any other instrument we make.
Here is a video for those for a taste for higher energy than sensitive beauty, this pair of jigs might be more to your liking, especially if you like impossible timing and modal key changes in the old Irish style.