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Rare aluminum violin
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October 1, 2019 - 2:55 pm
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Last week my group was playing at an assisted living home. A guy from the group playing next asked if he could show me something. He opened his case and had an aluminum violin. He told me Alcoa made 400 of them for the navy in World War 2. I never knew they existed, he had number 40 something. You never know what may see when a group of violinists get together!

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Here is a link to one being played. Different songs bits, not just one song.

1932 Alcoa Aluminum Violin

One of the comments are the very bottom asked if it has a sound post. No answer given.

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Nice video, thank you for posting it.

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You are welcome. It was an interesting originl post.

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xCoach,

very cool, I have seen aluminum double bass's but not violins.

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Mark

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Maybe a little on the bright side?  😉  thanks for the post coach and the link cid.

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October 1, 2019 - 10:44 pm
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Metallic sounding. Gee, wonder why? 😂 Very interesting, though.

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Not every one is talented in carving tree carcass.  The plates, neck and scroll could be “hydroformed” using a hydraulic press, form molds and a piece of hefty silicone rubber. The bass bar could be formed as part of the front plate.  Looks like it utilizes a standard sound post.  Some sort of a grommets would be needed for the pegs.

Assembly would require the utilization of a tig welder.

Now I am going to cruise down country roads to abscond with a traffic sign or two for raw materials.  What a wonderful idea for rental quality instruments.

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Irv said
Not every one is talented in carving tree carcass.  The plates, neck and scroll could be “hydroformed” using a hydraulic press, form molds and a piece of hefty silicone rubber. The bass bar could be formed as part of the front plate.  Looks like it utilizes a standard sound post.  Some sort of a grommets would be needed for the pegs.

Assembly would require the utilization of a tig welder.

Now I am going to cruise down country roads to abscond with a traffic sign or two for raw materials.  What a wonderful idea for rental quality instruments.

  

Yeah leave that abscond at home.  It will turn sign theft into a felony.  Travellin'  music..I'd go with yah but wife said no.

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I found a little more info on the aluminum violin.  The corpus was hydroformed in two sections (top and bottom) and welded at the mid point of the rib.  The neck was stiffened with a wooden insert.  Rubber grommets were used to lessen wear on tuning pegs.  A wood appearing appliqué was applied over the aluminum.3AB7EF20-E4E8-435E-B11D-0B6BF46923E0.jpegImage Enlarger13A6AA94-B816-4B66-AB93-21AF4B14CCD6.jpegImage Enlarger

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

It is unpleasant to be thought so uncleverly unclean and capable of poisoning a whole city.—Sir Walter Scott

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Interesting... at least it looks like a violin.

What are the f-holes for?  Do they do anything? (kidding, sorta)

There are many bizarre designs out there.

Such as this... my only question is... why?

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It looks like one of those Klingon weapons they had on The Big Bang Theory.

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Ah, yes, the Batleth violin. I saw this on the web a while ago and it reminded me of the Klingon Batleth, too.

I don’t see how this could be played. I think some of these things are just created to be seen and used as props. 

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Ok, I googled strange violins. Here is a link for the above:

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