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Violin Facts

About Violins: Cases, Strings, Bows, Electrics, and more

Today’s violin descended from the family of instruments known as “Viol” which included such medieval instruments as the rebec and lira da braccio. Andrea Amati of Cremona is most often credited with the origination of the four-stringed violin in the 1600’s. The Amati family were responsible for establishing the basic size and shape of the violin, and Cremona became home to the most famous violin makers in the world -- the families Amati, Guarneri, and Antonio Stradivari. Between the 16th and the 19th centuries, the violin underwent several changes, including the addition of the chinrest by Louis Spohr and the modern bow by Francois Tourte. Thus the modern violin was born.

In this series, you will be able to learn about the violin -- its construction and finishing, bows, strings, and many other related topics. The idea behind this series is to give you a good synopsis of what you need to know about the violin, from the cost of violins to choosing a good rental program.

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