Salve Håkedal, violin maker
Dan Trueman saw a 5-string Setesdalsfele I made for Vidar Lande. That fiddle had the shape of a normal Setesdalsfele, except that the body was broader. Dan wanted me to make something similar, but with a fatter sound. And it had to be suitable for playing comfortably along with violins..
The result was this fiddle. The body is broader and longer than a 4-string Setesdalsfele, and the string length is like a violin. It can be tuned in A, with normal Hardanger fiddle strings. Or violin strings can be used.
It is fitted with geared pegs, so no finetuners are needed.
After having played it for a few months, Dan made 2 recordings to
demonstrate the dynamic and color range of the instrument.
He made the recordings:
of the Underworld
Fiddle was set up with Hardanger fiddle (gauge:11) strings + a Pirastro Chorda viola C-string as the 5th, and played with a baroque style bow made by Michel Jamonneau.
Dan Trueman and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh playing their 5+5s.
In the middle is Brendan Begley