Oh well, forget about the violin uke I found. When getting used instruments, you never know what you are getting until it is there in front of you. Unfortunately, this one appeared to have spent the last 50 years in an damp attic or basement. All of the hitch pins were covered with rust so I refused it. Fortunately, when you buy used from Guitar Center you can return up to 45 days later so there was no problem there. It was interesting finding out about them so I don't feel badly about it. Onto the next instrumental adventure! Barb
Here it is: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/In-Store-Vintage/Vintage-VINTAGEMarx-VIOLIN-UKE-3-NFS.gc You may just have to google Violin Uke Guitar Center. Not a very good picture but I think it is a cousin to your neighbor's instrument. I am sure it probably needs new strings so I have to screw up my courage and get competent with zither pins. Fortunately, I got a good DVD with my bowed psaltery. Thank you for the web site, I had never even heard of this instrument before I saw it on line this morning. Sometimes your curiosity gets the best of you! I also saw your You Tube videos while searching for playing samples. Well done! Blackdogbess
Bess, here is a website for Ukelins and Violin Ukes,http://www.ukelin.com/ You can find some song sheets etc on this site. Please post a picture of what you have. I would love to see it.
Hi Patty! Thanks for the great info on the ukelin! I just managed to find one on the used section at Guitar Center and decided to take a chance although I know nothing about the instrument. I do have bowed psalteries and bows so it is not a total mystery to me. I think it will look great hanging on the wall if nothing else! Hopefully I can end up dragging it to a Wartz and All some day. Thanks again for being so adventurous with stringed instruments.
The potential is phenomenal.
Terry, Here is a video of me trying out the bow on my neighbor's violin uke. Sorry I couldn't do a whole song. It was hard enough to hold the camera and play at the same time. I need to check up on my neighbors to see if they are playing it.
Just watched your video, Patty. That was a nice gesture for your neighbor. You are quite the artesian. I would love to see a photo of the violin ukulele. Hopefully we'll get to hear it played using the bow.
Wow Patty, you are so clever. Great job.
Bob, Thanks!!! I just heard from my neighbor today. Looks like we'll be trying it on the violin uke next week. I hope we can get some good music out of it.
Patty, great work on that. It looks like it will work well.
Thanks Lisa. I thought about the stick and the horse hair. That would have been the easiest way to go but my neighbors are really nice. They've been on our neighborhood watch for five years. I wanted to do something a little special for them and I received a scroll saw last Christmas. I just had to use that scroll saw
You are very handy Patty! I'm impressed, nice job. What a nice thing you did!
Lexie, I hope so. At least I know it works on steel strings, lol. I contacted him to let him know I was making one for his violin uke. He seemed to be excited.
Very nice, I am sure your neighbor will really appreciate your gift.