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About KindaScratchy

I'm a novice fiddler and mandolinist. I've played the guitar for many years and also play the recorder, fife, flute, and, more recently, tin whistle. I work in the communications field and, in addition to music, I enjoy photography, writing, gardening, golf and travel.

The Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina – a self-playing violin invented in 1907

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The Strad: Invented in 1907, the Hupfeld Company’s ‘violin player’ was one of the marvels revealed at the World’s Fair of 1910 in Brussels. The instrument is a combination of a player piano … Continue reading

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Violin buried in World War I, dug up to be played in Knoxville

Join the forum discussion on this postKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – They say a violin plays better with age. If that’s true, this one has had 100 years to fine tune perfection. This isn’t just a story about an instrument, it’s … Continue reading

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This Italian created a violin with strings made of spider silk

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom thelocal.it: An Italian student’s violin using spider silk was the winning entry in an award for innovation in London, celebrating the work of international students in the English capital. Luca Alessandrini, a post … Continue reading

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Violin made from Winston Churchill’s cigar box to be auctioned

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom www.classicfm.com: A violin made from the famous Prime Minister’s cigar box is expected to fetch between £500 and £1000 at auction this month.The instrument was made in 1956 by the self-taught violin-maker William … Continue reading

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99 year old fiddler blows everyone away with Opry performance

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom CountryRebel.com Violet Brumley Hensley, also known as the “Whittling Fiddler,” has been a musician for most her life, a fact made apparent every single occasion she takes stage.  At 99 years of age, … Continue reading

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School boy undergoes surgery after being hit in eye with violin tuning screw

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The Violin Channel: A legal battle has erupted in Newport, California after it is alleged that a school boy suffered a serious eye injury, after a violin he was using snapped – sending … Continue reading

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Violin making in Denmark, part 1: 1700–1840

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The Cozio Carteggio Newsletter: The history of the earliest Danish violin makers, who continued their craft despite the Napoleonic wars, shortages of wood and Denmark’s bankruptcy By Jens Stenz In the history of … Continue reading

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More string players of today should listen to singers past and present

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom The Strad: The great string players of the past embodied the ‘singing’ style that signifies their relationship with vocalists of the time. Why can’t today’s stars capture the same atmosphere, asks Tully Potter. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Underground Special airs February 19th on PBS

Join the forum discussion on this post Bluegrass Underground is a musical adventure series that shines a light on purveyors of musical authenticity in a space unlike any other on (or under) Earth. Bluegrass Underground emanates from the Volcano Room, … Continue reading

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Guitarist performs on the world’s last playable Stradivarius guitar, made in 1679

Join the forum discussion on this postFrom GuitarPlayer.com: The name Stradivari is typically associated with violins, violas and cellos. The instruments made by the celebrated Italian family in the 17th and 18th centuries are among the most rare and coveted … Continue reading

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