Ancient Music

The Cigar Box Violin


    One of the mountain people in my youth played on this instrument. Maybe it was the skill of the player but it seemed as melodious to me as any of the modern student violins. The lack of any waist calls for precise bowing but the results are wonderful.

    The head and neck are carved out of a single piece of hard maple which was never stained. So also is the tailpiece. There is no seperate fingerboard which matters not to the lower register but the fingerboard does not extend over the body at all so the upper register is very limited. The sides of the box have been cut down to reach the approximate thickness of a violin.

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