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Hello guys. I vanished for a bit due to doctors orders of not being allowed to use any screen device.. I couldn't even watch tv. Concussions suck.
This began life as a terribly cheap Chinese electric violin I got for 3x dollars after I was partially refunded for the moldy case it came in.
I then proceeded to fit the gramophone reproducer which I refurbished 18 dollars.
and then go onto fitting the horn which I scavenged from a thrift store trombone that was broken and was bought for 4.75$ (the price tag is still on the horn xD )
And thanks to @steveduf for the antique gear tuners. those were 20 dollars.
the strings are NOS antique Sunlight steel strings I bought in a bulk batch from an estate sale (basically free)
and the tail piece came from another violin I bought.
The way this instrument works is instead of the vibrations of the bridge going into the body of the instrument and making sound it goes into a phonograph reproducer via the needle the bridge is impaled onto. The horn amplifies it like an old time gramophone.
Such instruments have been around for awhile but they're rare and hard to find. I always wanted one and upon looking at those cheap Chinese violins I figured since I already set up one to be playable in my absence I searched for one that would be perfect to use as a base.
A very steampunk creation that has a very unique sound. I do need to get a new bridge for it as this bridge was cut in a manner that is really flat. So the D string always seems to be in the way no matter what you do.
Really has an old time-y sound and a very unique look.
Nice one @Batto ! The stroh has quite a unique sound, good project !
@Fiddlerman - defo a DIY badge for batto !
It was a fun project. I also didn't use any power tools. Even the drill was an old hand crank drill. So a lot of this project was almost scavenger in a mindset.
I'm really pleased with how it came out.
I'm debating on stripping the finish and giving it a more antique looking finish.
That's so cool.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.