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Comment by PauL TerL on February 12, 2021 at 5:13pm

The Anonimous Pick, yes it can also be.

But I believe, that, in some way it was played, 'cause of those reference little marks on the fretboard, that I believe are the notes.

Who knows!

Sure the sculted male head on the top of the headstock is pretty similar to the one of the Smithsonian you posted.

Maybe in the future we'll know more about it.

Have a great evening.

Comment by PauL TerL on February 12, 2021 at 5:07pm

Yeah thanx A.D.Eker, I have put the rosin on me bow.

But thanx anyway for your tip.

Byee

Comment by A.D.EKER on February 12, 2021 at 3:40pm

You have to put some rezzon (pinetree sap hardened) on the bow , it gives more grip and tone , now my own violin build don't sound so bad afterall! LOL. you got verry light blood? or is it the light?

Comment by the anonymous pick on February 12, 2021 at 2:55am

Mystery is fun . lol, could just be a tourist piece  too. most of them were only made for looks  .  but  fun to investagate .  good luck.

Comment by PauL TerL on February 12, 2021 at 2:28am

The Anonimous pick!!!

Thanx for your great replay!!!  Really appreciated.

By the feel in the hands I believe  that is north african, maybe maroccan os near.

One thing to be noticed are some little holes on the fretboard, in the second octave, that seems to be some sort of reference points. Which I tried to fret. And the sounds remaindede me of some tipical !melodies that I' ve heard in Morocco.

Have an interesting day, and still thank you.

Comment by PauL TerL on February 12, 2021 at 2:21am

Uncle John, thanks for your constant presence and support, appreciated.

To be honest I don't like so much the violins as instruments to play, too little for me. But I have a 3/4 ( or maybe 1/2 of a Rumenian cello, that in the past I had started to play a bit, also since  I play also a bit oif bass, and the bass in almost all my 15 (?) records.

Do you hqve an idea of where it can be build? Africa?

Anyway,  have  a good day!

Comment by the anonymous pick on February 12, 2021 at 2:19am

Humm. I know  it may be hard to believe .  but you may have a  African / American  crossover BANJO . there .  

Here are a couple of examples of early crossover  banjos,  ( I believe in the Smithsonian) .

Crossover instruments were usually made in America by  slaves or plantation workers . and have  seen many  a different combo  . as in fiddle crossovers  etc ..( USUALLY STILL CALLED BANJO CROSSOVERS.)     with your instrument, due to the high strings  and high bridge  I believe it was made to be played  more like a  Tagelharpa  (not fretting your fingers onto the board  , and just fingering the string .like the video below ..  It's the only thing that makes sense to me,  cause that LOOKS  really un-fretable in my eyes .

But I was wrong once in 1984 ... when I thought i was mistaken  ;-) .. so  actually I was right .;-)

JUST MY 2 CENTS AND POSSIBLY WORTH EVERY PENNY ;-)

Comment by Dave Lynas on February 11, 2021 at 11:21am

Great sound sample. Looks like the action is very high. Maybe for finger nail slide from under the strings? I’d lower the action at the nut. But that would change is authentic nature. Thanks for showing Paul. Thumbs up!

Comment by Uncle John on February 11, 2021 at 10:04am

Cute little instrument.  You bleed your passion for the violin.  Are your strings tight enough?   The hard part about playing a fiddle is bowing just the right string.  That setup looks really good for helping the player do that.   

Comment by PauL TerL on February 11, 2021 at 1:39am

youtube/paul terL

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