An amoeba-shaped violin from the Danish Music Museum, Copenhagen.
A natural wood Stratton electric violin with death's-head shape designed by violin-maker Jeff Stratton.
A fiddle made from a clog from the coastal region of northwestern Europe in the late 18th or early 19th century. This one is an original made from a well-worn clog.
A very rare 19th century double neck turnover violin-cum-mandolin. Probably German origins.
An early 20th century experimental phono fiddle with a curled sound box for a body. The sound emerges from perforations in the violin shoulders. Possibly made in the USA.
A 1:8 scale representation of an Eighteenth Century violin maker’s workshop set inside a full-size violin made by American miniaturist W. Foster Tracy. Now housed in the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, set up by philanthropist Pat Arnell, in Tucson, Arizona.
Photo: Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
A violin with a piano style keyboard over the neck.
A Stroh violin, invented in the late 19th century by John Matthias Augustus Stroh, a German-born mechanic and inventor living in London and the first person to build a phonograph in England. Stroh added a conical aluminum diaphragm and a large horn to transmit the sound in the early days of recording on wax rolls, when violins did not generate a strong enough signal to record easily.
A rare French violin-banjo. An experimental instrument from around 1900 that uses aluminium.
A 19th century German violin made to emulate 17th-century instruments with a 'pie-crust' outline.
Four contemporary Italian violin makers and a Catalan luthier who created violins with sympathetic strings are the subjects of two new documentaries currently in production. Parma luthier Andrea Zanrè and art historian Paolo Parmiggiani are making a film ...