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Swedish fiddles with sympathetic strings



Double-deckers



Doubledecker is a slightly humourous name of a type of fiddles with four regular strings and eight sympathetic strings where the pegs are placed in a two level pegbox. The model is currently only found in Sweden and was most popular during the 18:th century. It is uncertain how common these instruments were and about ten instruments are known or preserved until today. I have given the instruments names to make identification easier but it is important to state that these names are not official. Here is a geographic overview of were the doubledeckers are found, built or where there are other references to them:


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  • Notes
  • Blue - Place for construction of a doubledecker
  • Red - Place with an historical reference to an instrument
  • Green - Place where a doubledecker is stored today
  • Yellow - Place with a reference to a doubledecker in literature or similar
  • The pink area are the places in Norway where the hardingfele traditionally is played

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