As I work on instruments, I come up with all these GREAT ideas. Here is my big money-making plan. The fiddles that are 100 years old or more have, for the lack of a better work, "fuzzballs" inside of them. This is a collection of wood chips, dust, dirt, and who knows what that forms a nice little ball inside the fiddle. It is usually too large to come out of the f-hole without some help. I generally use a soundpost setter to get it out. If I sold 100 of these nice little fuzzballs in a year, I would really have something, wouldn't I??? I think my E-bay ad would look something like this:
100 Year Old Violin Fuzzball For Sale!!!
Up for auction is this genuine 100+ year old fuzzball that came from the inside of a genuine 1650 Stradivarius (see picture of violin and label). Just think of the history that this fuzzball carries with it -- and it can now be yours! We will include with your purchase a picture of the violin and violin label that the fuzzball came from.
Your genuine 100+ year old fuzzball will be protected carefully during shipment. It will be encased in a small plastic pinbox that has been wrapped with bubblewrap and sent insured mail. We want to protect your investment!
The starting price is only $10.00. Shipping/insurance/handling will be $100; more if you live outside of the continental US. Bid now before it's gone forever!!