This is a modern reproduction of a medieval instrument called the Vielle which represents the stage when the violin was beginning to take its modern form. The strong and persisting interest in all the arts of medieval times has kept several different instruments like this alive and available new.
Musicly it is fairly limited. It tends to be a little muted and a little nasal in tone, but in the hands of a good player much happy dance music can be produced from it.
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