CigarBox Violins

November 11, 2017, 2:49 PM · Hallo all,I have two things to say today.

1.

I've been going through the world of Pinterest and I came across something called the 'Cigar Box Violin.' It's where they use a cigar box and craft a violin out of. I haven't listened to any audio recordings yet but I plan to. I was wondering how many of you guys have ever encountered a cigar box violin.

2.
Now it made me thinking, 'Hey, if people can grab some random cigar box and make a violin out of it, can't I grab some wood, make a 14 in box, and call it a box violin?' I told my engineering brother about it and he told me that 90 degree angles for instruments are bad. Can anybody vouch for that?

Thanks all,

Violin Kiddu

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Edited: November 11, 2017, 4:38 PM · I have an old copy, from the 30's, copy of an American Woodworker magazine that details making a fiddle from a cigar boz with a broom stick neck.

90 degree angles might be bad for some instruments, but for a cigar box fiddle, they are a requirement!

Yes, you can buy some random wood and make a box, but a 3 buck cigar box is the way to go.

Below is a link to a copy of the orig. article.

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/page/how-to-build-a-cigar-box-violin-1940-plans

November 11, 2017, 5:29 PM · I have seen quite a few pictures of matchstick violins, some appeared crudely constructed yet others looked incredible. One of them was made by a felon in prison and another was made by a sailor.
November 11, 2017, 5:46 PM · @duane that's cool! Supposedly 90 degree angles would dampen certain pitches because of some engineering reason (I'm not an engineer so I can't explain)
November 11, 2017, 5:46 PM · @duane that's cool! Supposedly 90 degree angles would dampen certain pitches because of some engineering reason (I'm not an engineer so I can't explain)
November 11, 2017, 6:47 PM · I am sure that the 90 degree andles would dampen some frequencies, but if you are choosing to build a violin out of a cigar box then tone is not your first concern!

In the orig. magazine article it cautions the makers of the violin to ask your mom/wife before cutting the end of her broom handle off.

November 12, 2017, 10:57 AM · @duane I wonder if my mom even remembers about our broom
November 12, 2017, 6:40 PM · "some engineering reason" ... LOL
November 14, 2017, 11:25 AM · There was an instrument called a "creuth", which looked a little more boxlike than a violin does. The Rudolf Steiner people made and sold them cheaper than their violins (They called them "Crotha"s).
November 14, 2017, 12:04 PM · CRWTH is the proper spelling. I've set up one and repaired one. It is Welsh.
November 14, 2017, 12:56 PM · Crwth sounds like a winning word in a Scrabble game.
November 14, 2017, 1:19 PM · I have used it. It always instigates a challenge!
Edited: November 15, 2017, 7:15 PM · I bought a nice Lira da Braccio from a luthier named Glenn Braun on Etsy. He also makes Crwths:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/215441806/welsh-crwth-krooth?ref=shop_home_active_7

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