Some of my favorite blunders:
the Poehland shoulder rest, for those who believe in the "no pain no gain" philosophy of music. I don't know exactly whose shoulder it was ergonomically designed for, but it probably wasn't a human.
Electronic tuners. Why bother to listen when you can watch a twitching needle or flashing red LED's instead?
Really cheap fine tuners. The new imports barely hold the string in place, the lever mechanism always seems to mar the violin surface below, and the tuning screw does not inspire confidence. By comparison, the older German made nickel tuners are as smooth as silk and a precision device.
Victorian wooden "coffin" style violin cases. With all the padded clothing people wore, didn't anyone think that their precious violin may want something more cozy and secure to sleep in?
Engraving pens. Yes, I've seen violins with previous owner's personal information engraved on their backs.
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