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Stroh violin

Stroh violin Compagnie Française du Gramophone, c. 1900. © Rafael Vargas

Stroh violin Compagnie Française du Gramophone, c. 1900. © Rafael Vargas

Several types of Stroh violins were patented between 1900 and 1949; they were often used in jazz and dance orchestras in the United States and Europe, especially in recording studios. The Stroh violin has a membrane mounted on the side of the bridge, which transmits the vibration to a metal bell similar to a metal wind instrument or a gramophone, which replaces the typical wooden box of the violin. 

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