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Neil Gow Pochette (aka Dancing Master's Kit, Travel fiddle)

$2,100.00 $1,900.00
(You save $200.00)

Neil Gow Pochette (aka Dancing Master's Kit, Travel fiddle)

$2,100.00 $1,900.00
(You save $200.00)
0.00 LBS
This instrument is made upon order. Build time is usually about 30 days
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Product Description

D. Rickert (U.S.) Neil Gow 18th Century Glasgow-type Pochette Replica

WANT TO PLAY A POCKET FIDDLE (aka Kit Fiddle or Pochette) LIKE THE ONE THAT NEIL GOW (one of the founding fathers of Scottish fiddling) played. THOMAS JEFFERSON often played a fiddle of this type as well (yup, the President was a fiddler as well).

You need look no further. We now make in our Hiawassee, GA lutherie a pochette based on the one in the Burrell Museum in Glasgow, Scotland...; which has become one of our most popular instruments.

Unlike the purely Baroque Glasgow Pochette, the Neil Gow is based on a high-end 1770s-1780s instrument. It has a bass bar and a sound post. It is strung with period gut strings by Gamut. Its sound is sonorous and sweet, with good mid and low frequency overtones for such a small instrument. Please see the video that accompanies this product listing to here how it sounds and see one way of playing it. It would have generally be played resting on the left arm rather than under the chin as in the video.

What type of bow?: Because the Neil Gow Pochette is a late Baroque/Pre-Modern Instrument, a modern Tourte bow, either full length or as short as 1/2 would be appropriate. A Baroque bow, either short or late Baroque long, would be appropriate as well.

Period (18th Century) wooden and genuine leather cases (like the one Thomas Jefferson used) are available for this instrument, which, in addition to being charming and beautiful, sounds wonderful. The cases are rather expensive. A much less expensive option would be a regular modern travel violin case (see the CASES category). We are working on plausible looking faux wood and leather covered tubular cases, both of which look very much like the historic Thomas Jefferson case. If you are interested in one of these less expensive cases, indicate your interest in the "Special Instructions" field to the right.

Typical of the many comments we recieve on the Neil Gow pochette's sound is the one below, which was posted on YouTube.

Wow - that sounds? great ! To my understanding, this size/style of instrument usually doesn't have much of a bass response - but this one does. Some luthier magic there (and a good player too) !

Our Neil Gow Pochette is designed to be played baroque style (tucked in the arm pit, resting on the forearm); however, the instrument can be played under the chin in a "transitional style". Either a baroque bow or a modern bow is historically appropriate, as both types were being used in the late 1700s.

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