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Ferret
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It looks like an instrument that would be given to a violist as they entered helldevil-violin

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Viola-.....3362d2d90f

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Not familiar with it, but I found an interesting vid about them on youtube.

 

 

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Almandin
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Wow, that's so cool! I find it hard to hit the right string when there are only four to choose from - imagine seven...! Also, it reminds me a bit of a hardanger fiddle: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki.....ger_fiddle When I'm rich and a decent violin player, I'm going to get one of those! drooling

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TerryT
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Seulement les Francais could invent an instrument such as that.

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and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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Kevin M.
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I would to have the skill to make one.

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Feathers
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What an interesting instrument.

I noticed it has 7 strings and 14 tuning pegs - Couldn't decide if the extras were functional or just for decoration.

Either way, it's awesome looking!

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I've heard of that instrument before, it's just a typical Baroque instrument.

"I noticed it has 7 strings and 14 tuning pegs – Couldn't decide if the extras were functional or just for decoration." -Feather

@Feather, the extra 7 strings are sympathetic strings, it is not played, but it vibrates sympathetically when you play the other strings, creating some shrilling effects.

here are some you might think are weird, but are just typical baroque instruments like that viola d' amore; viola d' spalla, viola pomposa, viola d' gamba:

 

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Mt. Fiddler
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It would be like very scary to try and tune.  It sounds to me like a small harp.... or an instrument of that class, built for smaller space than a true harp.  Who knows the history of this, but it has a history like the violin, which is an "evolved" instrument all by itself.

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KindaScratchy
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February 23, 2013 - 7:57 pm
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@ozmous: that middle photo looks like it could be Salvador Dali's violin.

As for the third photo, are those period Baroque sport sandals that he's wearing?

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Looks like he could be part of the Renaisance festival that travels the states.

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