Stroh Horn Violin
I am looking to buy a Stroh Horn Violin. If anyone can throw me some advise, would be welcome. Or if you have a decent sounding one you are selling, even better :-)
Thanks in advance.
"Decent sounding" would be a pipe dream, but good luck...
Is that the store in Mendocino, CA? Fun place to visit ----the whole town (Keep an eye out for Jessica Fletcher-"Murder She Wrote!"
I got to play one once. I was in one of the main squares in Leuven (Belgium) when I heard some loud fiddle playing coming from the far side. I wandered over and found this Roumanian fiddler making a pretty handy job of some Eastern European folk tunes. We talked - I didn't speak Roumanian and he didn't have English, so we just about got along with an interesting mish-mash of French, German and Dutch. The instrument was home-made by him from the body of one violin, the neck of another. I said I played Irish and English folk tunes so he invited me to have a go. I played a couple of Irish polkas and an English morris tune, and wasn't it a powerful sound!
It appears there is a company that makes reproductions, but have no idea if they are any better than originals. Several models are offered at their Website: http://strohviolin.com
I have seen them at fiddle contests and more often in the southern states than the north. I think they are kind of different and more of a novelty item than a practical instrument to play on. I would like to have one but have never seen one for sale in the shops I visit.
They show up on ebay fairly often, some are new and some are old ones.
There are some New??? Romanian Stroh violins going up for auction today on ebay. I think around $300
This is one of those things that you only think you want. Then, after you get it, you'll ask yourself the question "What was I thinking when I bought this?"
Well said Mark.
Looks like something Dr.Suess would dream up.
WOW!!! I definitely want one! But since I won't have the money for at least a few months, I wonder how I'll feel then? I can imagine loving it as a sidepiece for a little variety in a set....
I think it was intended as an outdoor instrument, as it was in Leuven when I got to play one, or in a big dance hall back in the day when PA was rare or unknown.
so do you play it in the horn section or string section? Or nowhere in between?
The Argentine tango violinst Julio da Caro used one.
A friend of mine has one and I have played it a few times. The sound is not very strong and not very nice either. I think its main purpose was to make the sound more directional for recording.
The first time I heard one, I expected it to sound way more unlike a traditional violin, perhaps more like a trumpet. I was rather disappointed when it just sounded like a rather low quality version of the violins I am used to hearing.
I'm waiting for a modern "classical" composer to write a solo for a Stroh in his latest symphony. Don't laugh, things like that do happen!
I'm holding out for a Stroh viola...