Look at your fiddle for just a second -- it's an amazing feat of craftsmanship, art and design. The shape is perfection in proportion; the mechanics are a miracle.
Have you ever thought about what it takes to make one of these beautiful object? And if you had the time, know-how and a garage full of aged tone wood, what instrument would you want to make?
As a violinist, I'm inclined to say "violin," but the again, wouldn't it be cool to make something giant, like a bass? Or how about making the bow? That sound absolutely fascinating.
If you were to be inspired to make an instrument, one example to be follow with be that of a friend of mine, Dr. William Sloan. After a lifetime of violin playing and collecting, Sloan started making his first violin as a senior citizen! I've played them all, and they just keep better and better - by now he's working on his fifth fiddle, traveling every summer to Oberlin, Ohio, to participate in the annual Violin Society of America's Oberlin Acoustics Workshop!
For this vote, please let use know what instrument you think would be really neat to make. And if you have already made an instrument or are a luthier, please vote for the instrument you made, or the current instrument you are making, and tell us all about it! If you wish you could make something like a 14-string viola d'amore, please choose the instrument that seems closest, and then let us know about it in the comments!
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