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Play Violin ANYWHERE With One of These
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ELCBK
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February 6, 2021 - 11:05 am
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Going hiking this weekend and too much haul to take your violin?  

Never fear, people are ingenious - you can still practice. 

Take along a "Pochette" (pocket violin)! 

 

Or a "Walking Stick Violin"! 

 

 

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5454/9051145433_d1edf283a9.jpg

 

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Believe it or not Emily, I was going ro have a pochette hand made for me by a friend who is a luthier. I first saw them in a museum  in london, and then in one in vienna.

They were used by dance masters, who needed a portable lightweight instrument for there dancing classes, they would probably be great for fiddling but you have to hold them at your waist here are loads of different designs, some are exactly like a small violin with a long neck and others just a long slim body.

The ones I saw in Vienna were beautifully inlaid and decorated, not seen the walking stick design before though.

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February 8, 2021 - 11:50 am
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I love it..... BUT, let's face it, they don't have a great sound.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Reminds me of recordings made with those really old phonographs - the kind that used hard wax cylinders, instead flat celluloid discs. 

Waiting to find a "Pocket Cello" - wait... isn't that a violin? 

 

@stringy -

That's really interesting.  Still thinking about one? 

I'm kinda intrigued by the walking stick. 

https://www.richcoffeymusic.com/quirks/pochette/kit-collection.jpg

 

- Emily

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No Emily, it was a passing fad to be honest. I would probably never use it, better to save the money to eventually get an old french violin if I ever get good enough to warrant it that is. I would like a bench made mirecourt, but I sadly will never be able to afford one, unless I win the lottery.

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Coincidentally my luthier had an antique pochette last time I visited him, but I'm afraid I wasn't really interested enough to ask him the price. Either that or it was the predictable thousand, so I just put it out of my mind. He commented that it was hard to play, as you have to hold it against hour chest instead of against your neck.

I'm pretty sure last time I looked you could buy new ones from China, but I wouldn't trust them, and they're not as cheap as you'd hope.

Andrew

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