How to recognize which class of instruments could ever be deemed as antique. So many musical instruments are relatively new. Many are developed as an improvement or to duplicate classic instruments of the past. Someone trying to recognize which family of musical instruments could ever achieve antique status could be a little daunting. I’m going to give you an insight into one family that is been around for a long time.
The violin. It didn’t start at out as the violin. Its first appearances on the scene were as the fiddle or the lira da braccio. If you want to measure the time that these first came around, you can go all the way back to 5000 BC among the Indies tribes of Peru. They didn’t have the refined methods of creating strings similar to the ones used now, but then used rope which was polish down very finely to create the first sounds.
The first methods of play were primarily plucking. A similar method you would use in a banjo or guitar was applied to these instruments. They gave off a sharp high pitched sound due to the small size of the piece, and we’re easy for most people to learn. Later down the line the introduction of the bow revolutionized the play of the instrument. This was a tool with its own set of tight strings that would run along a perpendicular axis to the instruments strings. They created a smooth and mellow sound which could be stretched into longer tones than mere plucking. It also allowed for multiple strings to be played at the same time which literally created dozens of extra notes for the player. That’s just a little history of a violin, so if you are an antique hunter, and are thinking about specializing and in specific market, just know that the violin holds a lot of history and may just be what you were looking for.