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HFAA Trading Post

The Trading Post is a service available to HFAA members who wish to post information for buying or selling personal, non-commercial items related to Hardanger fiddle music and culture.

  • You have to be an HFAA member to post an item or a request. If you are not a member and would like to post an item, visit our Membership page for information on how to join the HFAA.
  • Only non-commercial listings can be accepted. Listings from businesses cannot be accepted.
  • Anyone is encouraged to respond to the offers below  - you do not need to be a member to reply

To post listings, send a short paragraph by e-mail to webeditor@hfaa.org, with details of each specific item, including price and seller/buyer contact information. As a general guideline, to ensure non-commercial use of our service, we request that members not post more than three items at a time or more than six items per year.

Current Listings


Violin "Jolene" was made in 1936 by Gunnar Helland, a member of the Helland family of Bø, Norway.  This family was considered to be the Stradivari family of Hardanger fiddle making.  Gunnar made a small number of violins in his career, mostly copies of the work of Guarneri del Gesù.  Jolene is one of these special violins.  I named her after the Dolly Parton song because her varnish has a lot of red over golden ground.  The top is a very fine-grained spruce. The back is of medium flame and is one-piece.  The fittings are all rosewood.  I fit her pegs myself.  There is a wonderful rosewood Frisch and Denig chinrest and currently I have her set up with Vision Titanium Orchestra strings.  She is as soulful as her age would suggest- I would describe her tone as silvery as well as warm, with a lot of depth and real velvet.  I have performed on this instrument since 2000, and found her a perfect fit for every type of performance, from solo to symphonic; ballet to opera. Price is $13,000. Photos below. Email: kara (dot) mccanna (at) gmail (dot) com. [Listing date May 3 2021]


Full size eight-string Hardanger fiddle for sale with case. No bow included.   I purchased it new from Bud Larsen in April 2020.  The fiddle was started by a Mr. Jakobsen and finished by Mr. Larsen. Fitted with 10.5 weight strings purchased from the HFAA and has planetary tuning pegs.   Asking $1500.00 US plus shipping. Please see photos.  Email:  m1951f08 (at) gmail (dot) com or call 908-391-5321.