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October 25, 2021 - 10:45 am
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*I have moved my post from Retired's Violin Making Blog to here. 

@Mark , @stringy , @Retired -


Rob Landes talks about the maker of the 'Titanium Violin' & how it was made in this video. 

$100k Titanium Violin vs. $1500 Wooden Violin

There are a couple things that make me believe the maker is NOT a violinist... and I'm a little critical of how it's made.

What makes this really not viable is Rob having to wear protection on his hand to play it, because of the edge of the fingerboard.  I don't know why it didn't have a rolled edge - just design flaw, or skill/knowledge issue?  Edges all look plasma cut without grinding smooth - like a lawn ornament. (lol)  Then again, I've collaborated with some really wonderful metal artisans, but I don't think I'm being too picky for the claimed value of this violin.

It also weighs twice as much as a wood violin, which I can relate to my Glasser violin (known as a 'tank'), but I believe this could've been mediated by using, one of several, medical grade adhesives - instead of the excessive amount of welding rod. 

Now, what makes me suspicious about this violin even being titanium - the treatment that was used for color is typical for getting a patina on steel, where as titanium is anodized to bring out the amazing variety of colors it's known for.  

Anyway, here's an Aluminum violin! 


1932 Aluminum Musical Instruments Co. Violin - N Stuff Music

Scary Halloween Monster Emoticons

Wow, what a wonderful way to start my morning! 

Thank you!

- Emily


October 25, 2021 - 12:31 pm
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These are acoustic!   Made of Glass, by Hario in Tokyo - pretty cool! 


The Glass Violin

Glass Violin, Glass String Quartet

Dean Shostak plays an original composition on the glass violin.

Dean Shostak Sparkling Glass Violin

This Violin & Cello were made by Gary Word.

Jonathan Graber on glass Violin and Lauren McShain on glass Cello

About Gary Word:

Since 2000, his primary medium has been fused glass.  His study of the instruments of master luthiers, as well as those of contemporary makers, combine with his interest in science and engineering, has led to the continuous production of fused glass electric guitars as well as members of the violin family. These intriguing instruments have been tested and certified by professional players and heard in concert throughout the region.  His latest work, the Glass Odyssee Series, features these playable fused glass instruments ranging from classical instruments including the Cello, Violin and Viola, to more contemporary instruments Violin Style Electric Bass Guitar part of as series of guitar.  wordarts.com

And... well, kinda amazing! 

Wine Glass Violin - Robert Tiso

These glasses have no water in them.
They are tuned by grinding the lower outside part
of the glass, the same method used to tone the bowls
of the glass harmonica. The idea was developed by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. 







- Emily


October 25, 2021 - 1:28 pm
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About NAIL Violins from Nicolas Bras - some VERY interesting projects at his YouTube Channel
What is a Nail Violin?


Found a cool Violin made of Metal & Wood - "the sound holes run laterally beneath the top plate". 

Metal & Wood Violin Made by Scott Hunter

Here's links to a few other threads of Violin oddities here on the forum. 

Antique Aluminum Bridge - Thread

Mutant Violin Bridges - Thread

Gilding The Lily - Thread

Exquisitely Patterned Wood For Bowed Instruments - Thread


The Triolin: Mutant Violin Requires Three Players - at Make: Magazine.  

Not metal or glass, but just had to throw this in.  A little too communal for my taste. 🤣

The Triolin




Any more cool stuff? 

- Emily


October 25, 2021 - 5:24 pm
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Amazing Emily, I like the sound of the aluminium one and also the titanium one, I think the aluminium has a dobro sound to it.

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