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Mar 04, 2012 14:22:38 PST
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In 1973 I bought a house in Fabius, Alabama. My next door neighbor's name was “Dub” Hawes, a WWII Veteran. While he was in Italy, he met an elderly couply who had lost their sons in the war. Dub played the fiddle and the couple gave him a Stradivarius violin that had been passed down in their family for generations, with the understanding that he would do the same with the violin.

Dub told me one afternoon that a man with a suitcase full of money had just left his home. He had come to buy his 'Strat' (as he called the violin). He said, “I told him that I may die in a poor-house but I'll have my Strat under my head as a pillow.” When Dub died in 1980, his widow, June, started selling off different items. I bought an old player-piano and other things from her.

June and a cousin-in-law had a yard sale and my wife saw a banjo there. Our two sons were young and both played guitar. We worked different shifts in Chattanooga, Tennessee (50-60 miles from Fabius). She called me and told me to check on the banjo. I stopped and bought a Kay (five string) banjo that Dub had bought prior to going in the armed services. When I payed June for the banjo, she called me to the side to talk to me about a “fiddle”. Until this day I don't know why she wanted me to have the Strat.

June said, “Let me sell you Dub's old fiddle.” I asked which one because Dub also had his father's old fiddle. June said it was the one he brought back from the war. She said Tenee, her niece, had bought Dub's father's fiddle. I told her that I could not afford the violin, but that I worked with a professional fiddler who might could help her. She insisted that she wanted me to have it. When she told me what she would sell it to me for, I could not believe the price.

I told her to please put it up for me and that I would have to stop by the credit union and withdraw the money to bring to her when I got off work. I went to Chattanooga, got the money and went to my job. The longer I sat there welding, the more I thought, what if she doesn't wait? I left work and came home. When I got there, I parked and started walking across the garden to June's house. My wife came to the door and asked what I was doing off from work. I told her that I was going to buy Dub's 'Strat'. She said, “You didn't go to work. You robbed a bank.”

I have moved the 'Strat' from her-to-there ever since. I've checked about the violin at different places. I took it to the Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, only to have him charge me $20 to say, “I don't know. It could be (this, that and the other), but I don't know.”

The violin was damaged on its way here after the war. A man by the name of Alex Smith repaired it. A friend of mine who makes banjos knows the Gruhns in Nashville who sell stringed instruments to musicians around the world. When I talked to them they said that really there was no one anywhere to really know what I have. The Gruhn I spoke to said to just hold on to the violin.

Everyone who has ever played the 'Strat' has said that they have never heard any fiddle that matched the sound of it. I've had fiddle makers, professional musicians and amateurs to all say the same thing. I have an antique and almost-new violins and there is no comparison to the tone and sound of them to the 'Strat'.

I'm seventy years old. I've been a drunk and a drug abuser. Thank God I'm drug-free and don't abuse alcohol anymore. My home burned to the ground, my wife saw a tornado split in two and move past both sides of our house a few months ago. My Strat escaped it all. It's time.

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