I made this instrument to have a good reason to learn to play fiddle tunes. I loosely applied elements of violin protocol such as scale length and some proportions to make the instrument seem reasonable to someone with violin training.
I built it while living at Sandhill Farm in Rutledge Missouri in the hot, humid Summer of 2014. Their partially subterranean workshop provided a cool respite to tinker in my free time.
Here's a video of me playing it with fellow Sandhill people Jon and Darien.
The person in the videos below is Rich, an experienced self-taught fiddle player.
it's like flying a plane I haven't flown before.