I agree with previous posters that violins are not a major contributor to landfills (especially when people hold onto them for 100 years or more) and it makes no sense that replacing a wooden product with another made of a material made from, well, wood is more eco-friendly.
On a somewhat related note, in the second half of this video, Michael Dunne plays a homemade violin with a wooden box-like body. It comes after his rendition of Danny Boy, starting at about the 1:30 minute mark.
Amazing but weird too. Can u believe that a plain box with slots not F holes can sound as good as that.
Hard to believe, but then people have also made violins out of cigar boxes.
Guess you can put strings a fingerboard and a tailpiece on just about anything and get music out of it.
Now, if you want to be talking about ugly/bizarre violins, I ran across this one over on instructables.com
I am not entirely sure what to think of that one. I don't think it could be played under the chin in the modern position from the looks of it. I am also not sure if I'd call it ugly or maybe just more rustic than I would usually care for. Interesting, though.
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